“Far back on the side of the head, and low down, near the angle of either whale’s jaw, if you narrowly search, you will at last see a lashless eye, which you would fancy to be a young colt’s eye; so out of all proportion is it to the magnitude of the head.” (via “One Drawing For Every Page” of course)
It reminds me of one of the great images in Tony Millionaire’s design for Penguin Classics’ book jacket. I’ve seen “the eye” referred to alternately as a “mirror” or “window” to the soul. When we look at animal eyes how much are we realizing the existence of their souls and how much projecting our own incorrect ideas of what that is? Related: Thinking about that scene in Michael Clayton.