“20000 Leagues Under the Sea” Part2 Ch05

Question 1: What is a dugong?  How is it different from a manatee?

According to a Wikipedia entry on the dugong, it is similar to the manatee except for its dolphin-like fluked tail as well as different skull and teeth.

Question 2: This chapter mentions Mt. Horeb, where Moses saw God face to face.  What other references to God and Israel are made in “20000 Leagues Under the Sea”?  Was Jules Verne a religious man?  What church or churches, if any, did he belong to?

Question 3:Is the pelican nocturnal?

Question 4: Is the Red Sea higher in elevation than the Mediterannean such that if an underwater channel ran underneath the Isthmus of Suez its current would be towards the Mediterranean?

Answer 4: At least according to wikipedia entry on the Suez Canal:

The canal has no locks due to the flat terrain, and the minor sea level difference between each end is inconsequential.

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