Memoirs of the Wernerian Natural History Society.., Volume 1

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Bell & Bradfute, W. Creech, P. Hill, Manners & Miller, A. Constable & Company, W. Blackwood, and J. Ballantyne & Company; and for, 1811 - Science

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Page 581 - She is then dangerous to approach ; but affords frequent opportunities for attack. She loses all regard for her own safety, in anxiety for the preservation of her young — dashes through the midst of her enemies — despises the danger that threatens her — and even voluntarily remains with her offspring, after various attacks on herself from the harpoons of the fishers.
Page 545 - Yarrell remarks, appeared as though dead or dying, and floating along on the side, presenting the broad surface of the body to view. ' Dr. Neill says, of one that was brought to him, the fishermen informed him that, when they observed it, it was swimming along sideways, with its back fin frequently above water. It seemed to be a stupid, dull fish: it made little or no attempt to escape, but allowed one of the sailors to put his hands under it and lift it fairly into the boat. The sun-fish has been...
Page 261 - ... are never taken under cover in the winter time ; nor in case of snow, is there any food provided for them. On this latter account, they suffer greatly, having little else to feed upon, for weeks in succession, but the sea- weed growing on the shores, or what has been drifted on the beach by the surf. It is curious to observe with what precision they leave the hills, and betake themselves to the sea-side, at the moment the tide of ebb commences. This I can state to be an absolute fact, although...
Page 177 - Gannet can readily disgorge tho contents of its stomach (for it hasno craw), to satisfy its young. By comparative anatomy, it has been clearly demonstrated, that birds in general are provided with air-vessels in different parts of the body, and that many of their bones are not destitute of this contrivance, admirably fitted for increasing their levity, and...
Page 442 - I am told, were so much terrified at its appearance, that they, in a body, fled from it to the nearest creek for safety. On the passage from Rum to Canna, the crew of one boat saw it coming towards them with the wind, and its head above water.
Page 441 - Its head was somewhat broad, and of form somewhat oval ; its neck somewhat smaller ; its shoulders, if I can so term them, considerably broader, and thence it tapered towards the tail, which last it kept pretty low in the water, so that a view of it could not be taken so distinctly as I wished. It had no fins that I could perceive, and seemed to me to move progressively by undulation up and down.
Page 441 - When nearly in a line betwixt it and the shore, the monster, directing its head, which still continued above water, towards us, plunged violently under water. Certain that he was in chase of us, we plied hard to get ashore. Just as we...
Page 441 - Then I saw it elevated considerably above the level of the sea, and, after a slow movement, distinctly perceived one of its eyes. Alarmed at the unusual appearance and magnitude of the animal, I steered so as to be at no great distance from the shore.
Page 623 - SUPPLEMENT to a Memoir concerning the Fascinating Faculty which has been ascribed to the Rattle-snake, and other American Serpents.
Page 579 - The annexed table shows the quantity of oil a whale of each size of bone will produce at a medium. The blubber of a sucker, when very young, frequently contains little or no oil, but only a kind of milky fluid ; in which case, when the animal is deprived of life, the body sinks to the bottom, as also does the blubber when separated from it ; while the body and blubber of larger individuals always swim. Though the preceding statement be exceedingly near the truth, yet exceptions occur ; for I have...

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