cetology


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cetology

[sē′täl·ə·jē]
(vertebrate zoology)
The study of whales.
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First: The uncertain, unsettled condition of this science of Cetology is in the very vestibule attested by the fact, that in some quarters it still remains a moot point whether a whale be a fish.
Hence, all the smaller, spouting, and horizontal tailed fish must be included in this ground-plan of Cetology.
In connection with this appellative of "Whalebone whales," it is of great importance to mention, that however such a nomenclature may be convenient in facilitating allusions to some kind of whales, yet it is in vain to attempt a clear classification of the Leviathan, founded upon either his baleen, or hump, or fin, or teeth; notwithstanding that those marked parts or features very obviously seem better adapted to afford the basis for a regular system of Cetology than any other detached bodily distinctions, which the whale, in his kinds, presents.
No branch of Zoology is so much involved as that which is entitled Cetology," says Captain Scoresby, A.
In his long chapter on horror fiction, he thoroughly disparages those academics who disagree with his convictions that story is more important than theme, mood, tone, symbol, style, and even characterization and that it is "impervious to analysis"; such critics "would feel vastly more comfortable if Moby-Dick were a doctoral thesis on cetology rather than an account of what happened on the Pequod's final voyage.
Melville is such a great storyteller that listening to this fine audiobook provides a whole new experience of the narrative as well as the many passages about religion, history, and philosophy and even the somewhat lengthy "digression" on cetology.
Whale-watching boats offer commentary from authorities in cetology, while natural history tours are available at several ancient sites.
Most reviewers merely admitted Melville's mastery of cetology and delegated him an inferior status among American writers.
But as these pig-fish are a noisy, contemptible set, mostly lurking in the mouths of rivers, and feeding on wet hay, and especially as they do not spout, I deny their credentials as whales; and have presented them with their passports to quit the Kingdom of Cetology.
Look at all the crap that's been written about the cetology chapters in Moby-Dick.