By William Beebe
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Variegated And finally, water-lilies, here floated gay pigments and patterns, with the colored eye-spots at the far end of their bodies appearing more alert and perceptive than their I thought of the hundreds of real vacant orbs. fish which must have sunk to the bottom, and the unending lines of influence which spread and spread the news somehow going abroad of the wonderFor days and weeks to come, ful manna at hand. strange, beautiful, ugly and weird beings would continue to swim or crawl or creep toward the dead things which had given up their lives to make a — bombman's holiday.
In a trips were ever — 20 alike. — — THE CEILING OF THE BAY square foot of surface I counted seventy -four, and lying with my face close to the water I could see them, as abundant as ever, far, far down. I dipped up a hundred in a single scoop of the net, and when watched them in an aquarium I saw, under a hand lens, differences, tears in the jelly, slight disproportions of size and parts, which made of each an individual, a, jelly separate and apart, with its own endurance and weariness, its preferAll this too, ences, achievements and failures.
Noble has had good luck are new to science. Watson has collected butterflies. reptiles, and with But since Cory, forty -two years ago, wrote of the birds, there have been no observations of their life histories and I am sure that thorough search There would reveal more than one new species. is not a single list of Haitian fresh-water or marine fish, so, although only five days from New York, in this respect the island is a virgin field. Then there are the new ruins which have just recently, there has been investigation of the fauna very Httle of this island.
Beneath Tropic Seas - A Record of Diving Among the Coral Reefs of Haiti by William Beebe