Zoological Researches, and Illustrations; Or Natural History of Nondescript Or Imperfectly Known Animals, in a Series of Memoirs ...: part. 1. Vol. I, Volume 1

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W.F. Wakeman, 1830 - 102 pages

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Page 71 - The little Bill like that of a Goose, the Eyes marked, the Head, Neck, Breast, Wings, Tail, and Feet formed, the Feathers every where perfectly shap'd, and blackish coloured ; and the Feet like those of other Waterfowl, to my best remembrance.
Page 71 - Nor did I ever see any of the little Birds alive, nor met with any body that did. Only some credible persons have assured me they have seen some as big as their fist.
Page 71 - Of a kind of Filmy substance, round, and hollow, and creassed, not unlike the "Wind-pipe of a Chicken; spreading out broadest where it is fastened to the Tree, from which it seems to draw and convey the matter which serves for the growth and vegetation of the Shell and the little Bird within it.
Page 72 - ... in which it is placed ; at this time all the members of the animal are withdrawn within the shell, which appears to be composed of two valves united by a hinge along the upper part of the back and capable of opening from one end to the other along the front, to give occasional exit to the limbs. The limbs are of two descriptions, viz. anteriorly a large and very strong pair, provided with a cup-like sucker and hooks...
Page 42 - When viewed with the microscope, it seemed to be formed by sections of a thin crustaceous substance. During the time that any fluid remained in the animal, it shone brilliantly like the fire-fly.
Page 46 - In another species (when put into the microscope by candle light), the luminous property was observed to be in the brain, which, when the animal was at rest, resembled a most brilliant amethyst about the size of a large pin's head, and from which, when it moved, darted flashes of a brilliant silvery light.
Page 46 - ... stars, throws such a light upon the Ship and rigging as to enable the sailors to execute their allotted tasks with certainty, and at all times points out to the cautious mariner the lurking danger of sunken rocks, shoals, and unknown coasts, by the phosphorescent or snowy appearance which it gives to the Breakers, so as to render them visible at a considerable distance...
Page 33 - There are some peculiarities in these luminous appearances, which have been described as exhibiting five varieties : " the first shows itself in scattered sparkles in the spray of the sea, and in the foam created by the way of the ship, when the water is slightly agitated by the winds or currents ; the second is a flash of pale light, of momentary duration, but often intense enough to illuminate the water to an extent of several feet ; the third, of rare occurrence and peculiar to gulfs, bays, and...
Page 38 - Banks, says, there is a peculiar phenomenon sometimes seen within a few degrees distance of the coast of Malabar, during the rainy monsoon, which he had an opportunity of observing. At midnight the weather was cloudy, and the sea was particularly dark, when suddenly it changed to a white flaming colour all around. This bore no resemblance to the sparkling or glowing appearance he had observed on other occasions in seas near the equator, but was a regular white colour like milk, and did not continue...
Page 46 - It disappears before even the feeble light of the moon, and increases with the agitation of the sea ; so that during the prevalence of storms, it greatly diminishes the dense gloom which at such times even the moon and stars cannot penetrate. It casts such a light on the ship and...

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