By The Deep Sea; A Popular Introduction To The Wild Life Of The British Shores

Paperback | May 17, 2012

byEdward Step

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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. 1896 Excerpt: ... convenient for this purpose, and it will be more highly appreciated if it be not too fresh. Like the slum-boy who could not relish farmhouse eggs because they were deficient in flavour, the crab prefers his food to be kept for a time. CHAPTER X. SHRIMPS AND PRAWNS. Popularly there are about three British species of shrimps, including the Prawn; and the reader whose knowledge of our Crustacea is slight will look for a very brief chapter this time. But he who has paid a little attention to this group will know that we have a difficulty before us in giving anything like a reasonable account of British shrimps without the chapter running into a book. However, our task is greatly lightened for us by the fact that many of these are to be found only in deeper water than lies within the littoral zone, and therefore must be excluded from our survey. By a course of proceeding then from the known to the unknown, we would call attention to the largest of the well-known trio. The Great Prawn (Leander serratus), which we fear is best known in its brilliant red colouring, as seen on the breakfast tables of the well-to-do, and in the shop of the first-class fishmonger. Neither of these places offers great advantages for the pursuit of natural history studies so far as the external appearance of living creatures is concerned. It is in the rock-pools that we must make our acquaintance with the noble Prawn in all the glow and glory of life and activity. It is true he then lacks the fine colour of the boiled article, but he has the greater beauty with which Nature has endowed him; and when you have seen him in his native haunt you will confess that we have not misused the term "noble" in applying it to the bearing of the Prawn. Not many years ago a learned Professor...

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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. 1896 Excerpt: ... convenient for this purpose, and it will be more highly appreciated if it be not too fresh. Like the slum-boy who could not rel...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:78 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.16 inPublished:May 17, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217452450

ISBN - 13:9780217452458

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