Roused from his bunk to see a “Grampus” (and how could young Charles resist?), Darwin was punk’d 180 years ago today.
All hands employed in making April fools. — at midnight almost nearly all the watch below was called up in their shirts; carpenters for a leak: quarter masters that a mast was sprung. — midshipmen to reef top-sails; All turned in to their hammocks again, some growling some laughing. — The hook was much too easily baited for me not to be caught: Sullivan cried out, “Darwin, did you ever see a Grampus: Bear a hand then”. I accordingly rushed out in a transport of Enthusiasm, & was received by a roar of laughter from the whole watch. —
Actually, though, a grampus is a species of dolphin, also known as Risso’s dolphin (Grampus griseus), and the only species in its genus:
h/t: Matthew Cobb