Fishes I Have Known

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byArthur Henry Beavan

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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. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...of sea-shore on the west side of South America, extending from the Gulf of Panama to the Straits of Magellan. A steady, and seldom fierce, southeast trade-wind blows along it most of the year, with intervals of dead calm, and, though the coast is generally precipitous, it can be safely approached by boats, so that fishing close up to the rocks in deep water is possible, and it is there that lurk the rock-cod, so abundant in those regions. I need hardly repeat that this is not the cod so familiar to us Europeans. It is related to the Ophiodons, and is a formidablelooking but harmless fish, rather ill-proportioned, its head, with its huge mouth, occupying one-third of its entire length. The rock-cod possesses the commendable habit of biting boldly and quickly, so that if the bait remains on the hook, and is not allowed to touch the bottom, where scores of small fry and crabs are ready to pounce upon it, a ship may always be sure of getting a boatload from almost any rock or islet on the Peruvian, Bolivian, or Chilian shores; while the outlying groups of islands, such as the Galapagos, the Cocos, belonging to Costa Rica (the scene of Earl Fitzwilliam's recent sensational abortive search for treasure in his yacht, the Vronique), and Juan Fernandez, swarm with rock-cod. But, as a fishing ground, none surpass the Peruvian Chinchas. As I pointed out in "Birds I Have Known" (chapter vii.), the guano deposits formerly existing on the Chinchas were due to the number of seals and the innumerable birds that were attracted thither by the abounding fish around.1 Four, out of a great variety of species, came specially under my notice. In chief, a remarkably handsome, silver-coloured specimen of cavallo, called by the local fishermen pescd...

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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. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...of sea-shore on the west side of South America, extending from the Gulf of Panama to the Straits of Magellan. A...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217721907

ISBN - 13:9780217721905

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