Observations on the Structure and Oeconomy of Whales. By John Hunter, Esq. F. R. S.; Communicated by Sir Joseph Banks, Bart. P. R. S

J. Hunter, J. Banks
1787 Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London  
H E animals which Inhabit the fea are much lefs known to us than thofe found upon land; and the sceconomy of thofe with which we are beft acquainted is m u c h lefs underftood: we are, therefore, too often obliged to sireafon from analogy where information fails; which muff improbably ever continue to be the cafe, from our unfitnefs to jipurfue our refearches in the unfathomable waters. T his unfitnefs does not arife from that part o f our oeconomy non which life and its.functions depend; for
more » ... tions depend; for the tribe of anirimals which is to be the fubjeft of this Paper, has, in that 3refpe£t, the fame oeconomy as man, but from a difference in dthe mechanifm by which our progreflive motion is produced. T he anatomy of the larger marine animals, when they are procured in a proper hate, can be as well afcertained as that o f mny oth ers; dead ftrudture being readily inveftigated. But even ' tfuch opportunities too feldom occur, becaufe thofe animals are fonly to be found in diftant feas, which no one explores in purfuit of natural hiftory; neither can they be brought to us alive ifrom thence, which prevents our receiving their bodies in a Read June 28, 1787V * Where it is fine, it yields the largeft quantity of oil, and requires the Ieafl filing, i external
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