sulphur bottom whale
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- the blue whale
- 1851: Another retiring gentleman with a brimstone belly doubtless got by scraping along the Tartarian tiles in some of his profounder divings. He is seldom seen; at least I have never seen him except in the remoter southern seas, and then always at too great a distance to study his countenance. He is never chased; he would run away with rope-walks of line. Prodgeis are told of him. Adieu Sulpher Bottom. I can say nothing more that is true of ye, nor can the oldest Nantucketer. Herman Melville: Moby Dick. This ed. 1961 Arnot publishers. p.127.