“A hound it was, an enormous coal-black hound, but not such a hound as mortal eyes have ever seen”. 
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
“The Hound of the Baskervilles” , 1902.
“This,” I said, “is the mark of no human hand.”
“Read now,” replied Dupin, “this passage from Cuvier.” It was a minute anatomical and generally descriptive account of the large fulvous Ourang-Outang of the East Indian Islands. The gigantic stature, the prodigious strength and activity, the wild ferocity, and the imitative propensities of these mammalia are sufficiently well known to all. I understood the full horrors of the murder at once”.
Edgar Allan Poe
“The Murders in the Rue Morgue“, 1841. 
 
“Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering whale; to the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee. Sink all coffins and all hearses to one common pool! and since neither can be mine, let me then tow to pieces, while still chasing thee, though tied to thee, thou damned whale! Thus, I give up the spear!“
Herman Melville
“Moby-Dick; or, The Whale“, 1851.