A natural history of birds, fishes, reptiles, and insects

Paperback | May 5, 2014

byThomas Cogswell Upham, John Bigland

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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. 1845 edition. Excerpt: ...To some fishes bred in the sea, fresh water is immediate destruction; and on the other hand, some that live in our lakes and ponds, cannot bear the salt water. Philosophy may form some plausible hypotheses, but these can go no farther than probability, nor claim any higher merit than that of ingenious conjecture. Of the real history of fish, but little is yet known; and man has not the means of accurately observing the manner and habits of animals which pass their lives in the immense abyss of the waters. Some tribes, however, are known to spend part of their time in the rivers, and part in the ocean. We have already mentioned this circumstance in speaking of the sturgeon, but that is not the only fish of this migrating character. The salmon, the shad, the smelt, and the flounder, annually forsake the ocean, and ascend the rivers to deposit their spawn. This, indeed, seems the important business of their lives; and there is no danger which they will not encounter, to find a proper place for the deposition of their future offspring. The salmon is, upon these occasions, known to ascend rivers to the distance of five hundred miles from their mouths, and not only to brave the dangers arising from various enemies, but also to spring up cataracts of an amazing height. The length of the voyages taken by these fishes is short, in comparison with the annual migrations of some tribes, of which the residence is continually in the ocean. Of this kind are the cod, the haddock, the mackarel, the herring, the pilchard, and a variety of others. The fecundity of these creatures exceeds our conception, and would in a short time outstrip all calculation. A herring, if suffered to multiply unmolested, and its offspring to remain undiminished during the space...

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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. 1845 edition. Excerpt: ...To some fishes bred in the sea, fresh water is immediate destruction; and on the other hand, some that live in ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:May 5, 2014Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217747094

ISBN - 13:9780217747097

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