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The American natural history - a foundation of useful knowledge of the higher animals of North America (1914) (14761067636)

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The American natural history - a foundation of useful knowledge of the higher animals of North America (1914) (14761067636)

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Identifier: americannaturalh02hornuoft (find matches)
Title: The American natural history : a foundation of useful knowledge of the higher animals of North America
Year: 1914 (1910s)
Authors: Hornaday, William Temple, 1854-1937
Subjects: Natural history -- North America
Publisher: New York : C. Scribner's sons
Contributing Library: Gerstein - University of Toronto
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN



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recognized by the great height of its back fin.The all-black High-Finned Killer, of the Pacific only, has aback fin six feet high. The colors of Orcinus orca are thoseof the pirates flag of skull-and-cross-bones,—black and white,disposed as shown in the accompanying illustration. Thisspecies is found on both coasts of North America and in theArctic Ocean. The following quotation from Captain Scammon is thetestimony of an eye-witness of the Orca in action: Three or four of these voracious animals do not hesitateto grapple with the largest baleen whale. The attack of thesewolves of the ocean upon their gigantic prey may be likenedin some respects to a pack of hounds holding a stricken deerat bay. They cluster about the animals head, some of theirnumber breaching over it, while others seize it by the lips,and draw the bleeding monster under water; and whencaptured, should the mouth be open, they eat out its tongue. We once saw an attack made by three Killers upon a cow 1 Or-cinus orca.
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4 c3 s a w ^ :: c FEROCITY OF THE KILLER WHALE 151 whale and her calf, In a lagoon on the coast of California, inthe spring of 1858. The whale was of the California grayspecies, and her young was grown to three times the bulk ofthe largest Killers engaged in the contest, which lasted anhour or more. They made alternate assaults upon the oldwhale and her offspring, finally killing the latter, which sankto the bottom where the water was five fathoms deep. Dur-ing the struggle the mother became nearly exhausted, havingreceived several deep wounds about the mouth and lips. Assoon as their prize had settled to the bottom, the three Killersdescended, bringing up large pieces of flesh in their mouths,which they devoured after coming to the surface. Whilegorging themselves in this wise, the old whale made herescape, leaving a track of gory water behind. The swiftness of the Killer is very great, and to all smallcetaceans this savage monster is a genuine terror. Aneminent naturalist named D. F

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