The Cosmopolitan Volume 3

The Cosmopolitan Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: true the inhabitants take the greatest care not to frighten them, and treat them with much circumspection, in order to prevent them from quitting the fjords, and going off to the islets of the open sea. This is why the ships never salute the place by firing cannon, but simply by hoisting a flag; for the noise of ordnance might frighten the birds and injure thtir brood. There is also a heavy fine imposed, and even imprisonment, in case any one should undertake to kill these birds with a gun. At the end of five or six weeks the hatching is terminated, and hardly have the little ones slipped out of the shells when the mother teaches them the way to the water, employing to this end a very ingenious method. She goes before, encouraging them with little cries to follow; then, as soon as they have arrived at the water's edge, she takes them on her back and swims with them a certain distance from the shore. At this point she dives, so that the young ones, suddenly abandoned to the tender mercies of the watery element, must look out for themselves. The predicament of the callow brood presents a very amusing scene at this juncture. Their frightened look as they cling to their mother's wings, apparently protesting against their involuntary bath, is comic in the extreme. From this moment they never return to the place of their nativity, but take position on the basaltic rocks that the waves of Ihefjord wet continually, and which are covered with marine vegetation. Here it is that their parents teach thtm to nourish themselves on mussels, small crustaceans, and even seaweed. The color of the young during the first year is steel-gray; they become darker the second, and it is only in the third that the sexes can be recognized readily by their respective...
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  • Paperback | 262 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 472g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236503449
  • 9781236503442