written at the end of his life: W.G.
Sebald. From, "And If I Remained by the Outermost sea." In, After
Nature. New York, 2002.
Bestiis Marinis: George
Wilhelm Steller published De Bestiis Marinis ("The Beasts
of the Sea") in St. Petersburg in 1751. It was originally written
in Latin. The first English translation appeared in
an appendix to The Fur Seals and Fur-Seal Islands of the North Pacific Ocean.
D.S. Jordan, Editor. Washington D.C.,
"No one who
has studied various lands doubts that the vast ocean contains many
animals which today are unknown, and that there are very many regions
in the ocean where the curious and venturesome inquiries of Europeans
have not yet penetrated; and so no one has been able to examine their
contents. Thus it stands with the animals of the sea as compared
with the animals of the land." Ibid.