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August 1 is Herman Melville's birthday. If you've read Moby Dick, you may feel like you've been on an actual whaling ship. But just in case you're planning a second voyage, here's an overview of what it takes to hunt down the cetacean who gnawed off your captain's leg. You'll have to work hard for your 26 cents a day!

Infographic created for Quirk Books by Michael Rogalski, eyewashweb.com.

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