Why don't you fish on the sea?
Sometimes I do, but seldom, because it is a lot of rowing to the sea for me.
What do you catch on the sea?
Herring, and salmon, and sturgeon, and lobster, and crab, and many other fish [NB all plurals in OE].
Do you want to catch a whale?
Because it is a great risk to catch a whale. It is a lesser risk for me to go to the river with my boat rather than going on the whale hunt with many ships.
Because it is preferable to me to catch a fish that I can kill rather than catch a fish that is able to sink or kill not just myself but also my companions with a single blow.
And yet there are many who catch whales and escape those dangers, and obtain great wealth thereby.
You speak the truth; but I dare not because I am cowardly.