By Diana Wells, Lauren Jarrett
How did cranes come to represent matrimonial happiness? Why have been magpies the single creatures that might no longer pass inside of Noah's Ark? Birds and chicken imagery are essential elements of our language and tradition. along with her impressive skill to dig up curious and attractive evidence, Diana Wells hatches a deal with for energetic birders and armchair lovers alike. Meet the intrepid adventurers and naturalists who risked their lives to explain and identify new birds. research the legendary tales of the gods and goddess linked to poultry names. discover the avian trademarks utilized by our best writers--from Coleridge's albatross in "The historical Mariner" to Poe's raven.
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The back is blue or blue-green, fading to silvery on the lower sides and the belly; a characteristic feature of the Atlantic bonito is the dark lines that extend from the back to just below the lateral line. It can be distinguished from the tuna by its slimmer body, a mouth full of teeth, and dark lines on its back, rather than on its belly. Size. The Atlantic bonito averages 2 to 10 pounds, although it may attain a weight of 20 pounds and a length of 36 inches. An 18-pound, 4-ounce specimen holds the alltackle world record.
If the temperature rises higher than usual, or other water changes take place, the bait schools will depart from their customary haunts, and the bluefin will follow. Inshore fish such as the shad and the striped bass may travel various distances along the coast before arriving in freshwater rivers or brackish stretches that meet the requirements for their spawning activities. Some species do not travel along a coast or migrate north and south; instead, they move offshore into deeper water in cold weather and inshore during warm weather.
Adults feed primarily on sponges but also consume algae and minute organisms. 34 Angelﬁsh, Queen Barracuda, Great Sphyraena barracuda An excellent gameﬁsh, the great barracuda leads a list of marine ﬁsh that cause ciguatera when eaten, although small fish are apparently not poisonous. Not every barracuda causes ciguatera, but there is no safe or reliable way of recognizing toxic ﬁsh. Identification. The great barracuda is long and slender, with a large, pointed head and large eyes. The dorsal ﬁns are widely separated, and the ﬁrst dorsal ﬁn has ﬁve spines, whereas the second has 10 soft rays.
100 Birds and How They Got Their Names by Diana Wells, Lauren Jarrett