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The Whaling Expedition of the Ulysses
1937–38$
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Quentin R. Walsh and P. J. Capelotti

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034799

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034799.001.0001

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A Brief Description of Whales

A Brief Description of Whales

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(p.137) 10 A Brief Description of Whales
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The Whaling Expedition of the Ulysses 1937–38
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Quentin R. Walsh

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813034799.003.0010

This chapter contains a natural history of the whales hunted by the Norwegians during Walsh's tour on board the Ulysses. All animals higher in the scale of evolution than the fish are air breathers. A number of species returned to the sea to spend their lives in it, some always near or on the surface. Some of these species, however, are capable of diving to considerable depths, though they are always compelled to return to the surface from time to time to obtain air. These animals are referred to as Mammalia. In the Mammalia there are many kinds of whales, dolphins, and porpoises which constitute the Cetacea. They spend their entire existence in the sea. Whales are not only the largest of the living mammals but the largest of all animals, mammalian or otherwise, living or extinct. They are larger even than the colossal Dinosauria of the Mesozoic Age.

Keywords:   Norwegians, Walsh's tour, Ulysses, Mammalia, whales, dolphins, porpoises

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