1 Can you catch Leviathan with a hook or put a noose around its jaw?
2 Can you tie it with a rope through the nose or pierce its jaw with a spike?
3 Will it beg you for mercy or implore you for pity?
4 Will it agree to work for you? Can you make it be your slave for life?
5 Can you make it a pet like a bird, or give it to your little girls to play with?
6 Will merchants try to buy it? Will they sell it in their shops?
7 Will its hide be hurt by darts, or its head by a harpoon?
8 If you lay a hand on it, you will never forget the battle that follows, and you will never try it again!
9 “No, it is useless to try to capture it. The hunter who attempts it will be thrown down.
For some time past, vessels had been met by “an enormous thing,” a long object, spindle-shaped, occasionally phosphorescent, and infinitely larger and more rapid in its movements than a whale.
The facts relating to this apparition (entered in various log-books) agreed in most respects as to the shape of the object or creature in question, the untiring rapidity of its movements, its surprising power of locomotion, and the peculiar life with which it seemed endowed. If it was a cetacean, it surpassed in size all those hitherto classified in science.
from Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Seas 1869
Geographical position and character.
The sea-coast of Natal has a stretch of close upon 150 miles, beginning with the mouth of the relatively small river Umtanvuna, which divides its territory from Independant Kaffraria in latitude 31º10‘ south , and extending north-eastwards to the mouth of the large river Tugela, which seperates it from the Independent Zulu-land, in latitude 29º 10‘ south. But the colony itself has the form of an irregular diamond or rhomb, with a length of 220 miles from north to south, and the breadth of 120 miles from east to west. The northernmost point of the rhomb touches the Transvaal Territory in the parallel of 27º 20‘ south latitude, where it comes within 260 miles of the southern tropic.
from Natal: a History and Description of the Colony by Henry Brooks 1876.