Transactions Volume 1

Transactions Volume 1

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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: ...much reflexed over the exterior of the shell, it seems hopelessly exposed to the attacks of its enemies, being destitute of sufficient power of motion to facilitate its escape, and appearing to have no other compensating weapon of defence. It has a shell, it is true; but one would think that it is more obviously of use for spreading its white body upon, than for any protection thereby afforded to the mollusc against proving a lure for the first passing cod. The wonder is how a single one of such a tempting-looking bait is left by the hosts of marauding fishes that swarm over the bottom of the sea. Although fishes are no doubt rapacious enough; yet they have likings of their own that are well known to those who cater to their taste, and we may assume that the reward of those caterers is in proportion to their skill. They must not only know what will generally please each individual fish, but what will be most acceptable at certain seasons, modifying the entertainment for each day according to the particular state of the weather. The sportsman's book of flies is quite a museum of appetising allurements that would tax the skill of the arch-cook of Canterbury better to please the eye. We may therefore infer that in fishes the delicate sense of taste and flavour is not wanting. We may excuse them for biting at a metal frog or leaping at a tinsel fly, for there they are misled by appearance--a deception that can only be practised while the lure is in motion and is darted at without a moment's time for scrutiny. Seeing that fishes do make a choice of food--and doubtless they have the means of regulating that choice, --may it not be assumed as probable that some unpalatable flavour possessed by the mollusc is its chief means of defence? XXXI. BIOLOGICAL...show more

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  • Paperback | 178 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 327g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236578074
  • 9781236578075