Sunday, September 11, 2016

Apparently Darwin never went snorkeling

It is excusable to grow enthusiastic over the infinite numbers of organic beings with which the sea of the tropics, so prodigal of life, teems; yet I must confess I think those naturalists who have described, in well-known words, the submarine grottoes decked with a thousand beauties, have indulged in rather exuberant language.
Charles Darwin, The Voyage of the Beagle (London: John Murray, 1913 reprint ed., ch. XX, p. 487

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