The year 1866 is an important time in ocean history. It is the year that the world was first terrified by an amazing ocean going monster, the Nautilus. During that year several ships had met with this "animal," a long slender body creature much greater in size than any creature known to man. After many sightings and a few months the "animal" began attacking any boat that drew near. This scared all the world's nations and the United States decided that they would send out the Abraham Lincoln to defeat the "animal," and once again bring peace to all the seas.
For the expedition the best men in the oceanic fields of study were invited to join the crew for the journey. In this group was Monsieur Aronnax of the Paris Museum and Ned Land, a world famous harpooner. Monsieur Aronnax had written a two-volume book called Mysteries of the Ocean Depths. His work was especially well reviewed by scientists, making him a specialist in the subject. With him he brought his trusted servant of ten years, Conseil. Besides being Monsieurs loyal servant Conseil was an extremely good classifier. He took great joy in this and was sometimes a great help to his master when identifying different creatures.
Ned had an excellent shot with his harpoon, one so good that his name was known by fisherman around the world.
The tiny boat travels from one ocean to the next four months without a sign of the creature. Then on the night of November 5 the Ned spotted a bright glow coming from just below the water’s surface. Reports said that at times the monster tended to glow, so the boat took pursuit. For a day and two nights the Abraham Lincoln chased the monster through the waters of the Northern Pacific. As the creature let the boat draw near the Abraham Lincoln began firing its cannons at the monster but they would just bounce off what seemed to be a thick layer of armor like skin. At last the monster began circling the boat and suddenly began a rush at the side of the boat. The terrible...