National Geographic : 1940 Jan
WHALES, PORPOISES, AND DOLPHINS © National Geographic Society Painting by Else Bostelmann SUDI)EN DIVES OF TIE BOTTLENOSE HAVE DRAGGED MANY A WHALER TO DEATH A denizen of North Atlantic waters, this whale still is hunted with hand harpoons. So fast is its dive that if a man is caught in a loop of the uncoiling harpoon line he will be yanked deep under water and drowned. This danger existed in hunting all whales in the days when they were pursued only in small boats, and thus Captain Ahab meets his end in the novel, Jfo/by I)ick. Old males of the Bottle nose Whale family sometimes are almost pure white.