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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.

Soon scores of scientists and sea world peopled giant sharks. ' my I Curiously enough, since this was written, Dr. Wetmore has confirmed prophecy with aplocichla swalesi, a splendid new mountain thrush. H n — BENEATH TROPIC SEAS laymen be enjoying the delights of walking about the bottom of such reefs everywhere in the world, and the results in future years should bring of will joy to enforced city-dwellers, and hosts of new facts to the records of those of us who are ever trying to solve the ultimate mysteries of life and evolution on the earth.

It was an individual with a brain, eyes and muscles, and it had eighteen tiny crustaceans in its stomach ^a patch of scales and it had suffered adventure half a fin were missing; it had hopes of a mate, and expected to be able to deposit its eggs and leave — 28 THE CEILING OF THE BAY And offspring. these considerations left me with a very confounded idea of the meaning of existence, as I saw its fellows in untold myriads leaping for their lives, with apparently only the choice of going to nourish either a fish or a bird.

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