Beneath Tropic Seas - A Record of Diving Among the Coral by William Beebe

By William Beebe

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An ichthyologist as well as to the observing Major of Aviation. interesting to 16 —a HAITIAN CONTRASTS AND BEGINNINGS Next day broke clear as every day of February does in Haiti and the last lights were hardly out in Port-au-Prince across the bay as we began break- We took the schooner's of our own, loaded with a multitude of hand-nets and pails. Westward, across reefs and around headlands we went, drawing a disturbed wake through emerald and ultramarine in succession as we passed over fast in the mess-tent.

Russell. Here is the epitome of culture, of social grace, and the never ceasing consciousness of terrific — responsibility in governing this great island, tempering the fires of human volcanoes with justice, good humor, and Contrast demands that I ask you to restraint. picture my contentment and happiness in working in a paradise of a guest annex, with mangoes, cocoa7 BENEATH TROPIC SEAS and bread-fruit within reach from nuts, oranges, the verandah, with a lofty range of cloud-flecked mountains rising just at the back, and the great emerald and cobalt Gulf of Gonave before me; with books and swimming pools at hand, and all mind and body.

There had been three, sized like the three bears, and after half an hour we found that an inverted magician's trick had been performed to my astonishment, where there were three, was now but one ^a Pterophryne very The awful truth gradufat, and gulping uneasily. ally dawned upon us, but we never settled whether each within it was a case of the Japanese boxes the other, or whether the big cannibal had in turn engulfed his spiny and much tentacled brethren. The same thing happened later, on the schooner in an aquarium, in the interval of focusing a camera — — — 26 Puffers, Diodon hystrix, Inflated and Deflated o S «4-l ta 3 a i-i 6 v a '3 B o rt >" o O e THE CEILING OF THE BAY —now and two, now one fish.

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