An unexpected horror

“An unexpected horror was added to our already sufficient discomforts by the presence of a large school of killer whales which surrounded us on every side like fat bulls of Basan. Their blood-curdling blast, now coming from the distant darkness, now right alongside the boat, seemed to bring one face to face with the great leviathan and every now and then we could see their sinister black forms diving like submarines beneath our frail boats. These deadly creatures, more rapacious than sharks, would have made short work of a boat’s crew had they chanced to upset us.”

— Thomas Orde-Lees

About Ernest Shackleton

Polar Explorer. Leader of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917.
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