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There is a teshuvah from Rav Shlomo Zalman Aurbach quoted here which says that since the Gemara's examples of animals that we make the bracha on are land animals, we do not make it on sea creatures. If one saw a land animal while submerged in water your question would still apply.


I heard from a student of Rabbi Yisroel Labkowski (the Rabbi is word-for-word boki in Shulchan Aruch, you start reading anything, and he can finish it) that he said there are 5 reasons in halacha why you are not allowed to drink directly from a water fountain. I don't remember all 5, but the one I do remember is that you have to see the item you are making ...


R. Shlomo Kluger here commenting on verses 20:9 and 20:12 says that the rock was the Well of Miriam. Since Yisrael got this source of water in the merit of Miriam when she died it stopped producing water, but Hashem restored it in the merit of Moshe.

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