National Geographic : 1922 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by L. L. Mowbray PEACOCKS OF THE SEA Nature's paint brush has been lavish in tinting many of the warm sea fish. Here are seen in what approximates their natural habitat, alive and contented, the Black Angel, Blue Angel, Rainbow Parrot, and Blue Parrot, fish of fantastic shape and beautiful color. fair start in the arduous life into which able materials for the use of the land's they are about to enter. The figure on dominant animal. the left, Plate XI, shows a specimen Whether looked upon merely as poten carrying her eggs. On the last leg may tial food in a world in which food is be be noted a pincer, which is used in remov- coming relatively scarcer; as interesting ing the dead eggs and debris which may or beautiful creatures worthy of study adhere to the egg clusters. Large num- and admiration, or as furnishing the ma bers of the eggs have been hatched and terial for a thrilling sport, the fish of the scientifically observed at the Miami southern Gulf Stream are receiving more Aquarium with a view to increasing this and more attention, from the all-too valuable food supply. small group of distinguished ichthyolo At the Aquarium many laboratory tests gists who specialize in this investigation. are made of the structure and compo- Ages before Izaak Walton wrote of sition of marine forms peculiar to local the fascination of catching fish only large waters. Every stage in the life of fish enough to bob a tiny cork, the lure ex is studied. Some interesting discoveries erted by the finny tribe for sport-loving have been made, and others will undoubt- men had been conceded. When the hook edly follow, whereby man will benefit, ing of small fresh-water creatures can More and more are the peoples of the bring its joys, is it any wonder that hum earth looking to the sea for sustenance ble citizen and President alike grow en and even for leather substitutes and thusiastic over battles royal with rod and various other products. Science has reel in which they match their skill with helped much in garnering the sea's valu- the great creatures of the Gulf Stream.