Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea

By Jules Verne; W. J. Aylward | Go to book overview

CHAPTER X
THE SUBMARINE COAL-MINES

THE next day, the 20th of February, I awoke very late: the fatigues of the previous night had prolonged my sleep until eleven o'clock. I dressed quickly, and hastened to find the course the Nautilus was taking. The instruments showed it to be still towards the south, with a speed of twenty miles an hour, and a depth of fifty fathoms.

The species of fishes here did not differ much from those already noticed. There were rays of giant size, five yards long, and endowed with great muscular strength, which enabled them to shoot above the waves; sharks of many kinds, amongst others, a glaucus of fifteen feet long, with triangular sharp teeth, and whose transparency rendered it almost invisible in the water; brown sagrae, humantins, prism-shaped, and clad with a tuberculous hide; sturgeons, resembling their congeners of the Mediterranean; trumpet syngnathes, a foot and a half long, furnished with greyish bladders, without teeth or tongue, and as supple as snakes.

Amongst bony: fish, Conseil noticed some blackish makairas, about three yards long, armed at the upper jaw with a piercing sword; other bright coloured creatures, known in the time of Aristotle by the name of the sea-dragon, which are dangerous

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