In a few minutes a rushing sound was heard in the waters, and a wave
swept the spinning-wheel from the bank.
Then, as if his strength failed him, he seemed unable to sustain himself above the water and a wave
passed over his head, which drowned his voice.
The first time that Kotick went down to the sea a wave
carried him out beyond his depth, and his big head sank and his little hind flippers flew up exactly as his mother had told him in the song, and if the next wave had not thrown him back again he would have drowned.