John Muir


image preview


one, only about 7 ft. long, and of a pale gray ashen color, probably a young specimen. In general form it is like a whale, but more slender. The head is narrow and rather high in the forehead, very small the eyes are about 5/8 inch dia. The ears are hardly visible, would scarcely admit a common lead pencil. The blow-hole, as in the true whales is about an inch in dia. The forefeet , the only limbs, are in the form of short flippers, and the tail, which is large, is formed by an expansion of the thick skin. They are more nearly related to the dolphins than to the whales, the dolphins, porpoises, and grampuses forming one of the divisions of the 3 Cetacea delphinoidea. While we were ashore looking at this specimen, a much larger one came along parallel with the shoreline and not more than 20 or 30 yards from it. The natives were on the watch and shot it through the body when it rose to blow instead of making out to sea when

Date Original



Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.

Resource Identifier



Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

Rights Management

To view additional information on copyright and related rights of this item, such as to purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish them, click here to view the Holt-Atherton Special Collections policies.


John Muir, journals, drawings, writings, travel, journaling, naturalist