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Captain was right. The barbarous and inconsiderate greed of these
fishermen will one day cause the disappearance of the last whale in the ocean.
Ned Land whistled “Yankee-doodle” between his teeth, thrust his hands into his pockets, and turned his back upon us. But Captain Nemo watched the troop of cetacea, and, addressing me, said:
“I was right in saying that whales had natural enemies enough, without counting man. These will have plenty to do before long. Do you see, M.
Aronnax, about eight miles to leeward, those blackish moving points?”
“Yes, Captain,” I replied.
“Those are cachalots—terrible animals, which I have met in troops of two or
three hundred. As to those, they are cruel, mischievous creatures; they would be
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The Canadian turned quickly at the last words.
“Well, Captain,” said he, “it is still time, in the interest of the whales.”
“It is useless to expose one’s self, Professor. The Nautilus will disperse them.
It is armed with a steel spur as good as Master Land’s harpoon, I imagine.”
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cetacea with blows of a spur! Who had ever heard of such a thing?
“Wait, M. Aronnax,” said Captain Nemo. “We will show you something you
have never yet seen. We have no pity for these ferocious creatures. They are nothing but mouth and teeth.”
Mouth and teeth! No one could better describe the macrocephalous cachalot,
which is sometimes more than seventy-five feet long. Its enormous head
occupies one-third of its entire body. Better armed than the whale, whose upper
jaw is furnished only with whalebone, it is supplied with twenty-five large tusks,
about eight inches long, cylindrical and conical at the top, each weighing two pounds. It is in the upper part of this enormous head, in great cavities divided by
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