And God created great sea creatures, and every living thing that moves, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after its kind: and God saw that it was good.
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Basil the Great
“God created the great sea monsters.” And not because they are larger than the shrimp and herring are they called great, but because with their immense bodies they are like huge mountains. Indeed, they frequently look like islands when they swim upon the surface of the water…. Such are the animals that have been created for our fear and consternation…. And thus the Creator wants you to be kept awake by them, in order that, through hope in God, you might escape the harm that comes from them.