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And not only that, but they looked embarrassed. Yes, here were a set of sea-dogs, many of whom without the slightest bashfulness had boarded great whales on the high seas entire strangers to them and duelled them dead without winking.

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These reflections just here are occasioned by the circumstance that after we were all seated at the table, and I was preparing to hear some good stories about whaling; to my no small surprise, nearly every man maintained a profound silence. 

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These bashful bears, these timid warrior whalemen, in the negro heart of Africa, which was the sum of poor Mungo's performances this kind of travel, I may not be the very best mode of attaining a high social polish. 

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You could pretty plainly tell how long each one had been ashore. This young fellow’s healthy cheek is like a sun-toasted pear in hue, and would seem to smell. 

The Black Whale. The Great Whale. The True Whale. the Right Whale. There is a deal of obscurity concerning the identity of the species thus multitudinously baptised. What then is the whale, which I include in the second species of my Folios? It is the Great Mysticetus of the English naturalists - the Greenland Whale of the English whalemen.

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