Scotch East Coast, Orkney and Shetland, Lewis and Barra Herring Fishing, by W.S. Miln

Scotch East Coast, Orkney and Shetland, Lewis and Barra Herring Fishing, by W.S. Miln

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...them over one by one, and examine them narrowly to see whether they had been injured by removal. If uninjured, the crab dropped the oyster with an apparently disgusted air, and seized another. Should this one by chance show marks of abrasion, the crab pounded away with his heavy claw at the weakened spot until the shell gave way, when the other claw was immediately inserted, the fish dragged out and devoured. Was this instinct or reasoning power? may well be asked; the latter, if we are to believe the yarn of another raconteur, who gravely informed us that he had seen a crab hovering above a feeding oyster, holding in one claw a small stone, which he poised over the unconscious bivalve. When a favourable opportunity occurred, the crab let go, exactly plumbing the entrance of the gaping shells; the stone fell, "wedging them open," and the crab descended into his oyster bar! Without pronouncing an opinion as to the quality of our friend's pun, or the accuracy of his observation, there is no doubt that crabs will watch oysters like a cat does a mouse-hole, that they will climb over banks, enter drains, and squeeze themselves through traps, to obtain the food they are so fond of. A writer on the subject referring to the French grounds lately stated that the most deadly of the oyster's enemies there were crabs, called by the French amcres maudits, for they may be seen prowling about everywhere seeking for young oysters to crunch and devour. "At times they seem to do it for the pure pleasure of destruction; they have been 'watched taking the infant oystersjin their pincers, and crack ing them one after the other as fast as they could. Or, if the oyster is too big and strong to be crushed to death, a crab will...show more

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  • Paperback | 150 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 281g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236835182
  • 9781236835185