No branch of Zoology is so much involved as that which is entitled Cetology, says Captain Scoresby, A.
My object here is simply to project the draught of a systematization of cetology.
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 connexion 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.
But as these pig-fish are a nosy, 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.
As the external difference between them is mainly observable in their heads; and as a head of each is this moment hanging from the Pequod's side; and as we may freely go from one to the other, by merely stepping across the deck: --where, I should like to know, will you obtain a better chance to study practical cetology
why it is a whale of a book, in medias res, refusing category, fusing adventure tale with cetology
, the tale of the Demos at sea, high Faustian drama dismantling plot, narrative (why should we call him Ishmael and where does he go until he lands on the coffin?
Still, that Hayes slights Moby-Dick's cetology
sections, the notorious "Squeeze of the Hand" chapter, and the character Pip, so important to Stuckey's analysis, is surprising.