National Geographic : 1921 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Florida waters, one may sometimes hear a school of sea-drum go swimming by below. "Wop, wop, wop," they seem to say. Then there is the little Trumpet-fish, so call ed, whose identity is open to question, tech nically speaking, that will at times lurk under the boat and in trigue you with its elfin tooting. Many species utter croaking or grunting Sounds when caught. the various species of grunts owing their name to this habit. Grunts are fish somewhat resembling snappers in appear ance and to a certain extent in habit, but smaller and less vig orous. They are vari ously and artistically colored in grays, blues, and yellows. The Blue-striped or Yellow Grunt (Plate VII) is yellow, with Photograph by John Oliver La Gorce blue length - wise stripes. The Common PROMINENT MEMBER OF TIlE NUMEROUS RAY FAMILY srunt has many nar (runt has many nar The whip ray, or spotted sting ray, as he is also known, is now and row stripes of deep, then seen in the shallow waters adjacent to Miami. The ray uses its clear blue on the head, broad cephalic fins much as a bird its wings and seems to fly rather e scles the s than swim through the water. It is beautifully marked with many the scales of the shoul golden-brown rings. It is not edible. der region enlarged and conspicuous, ingly colored; but, lying in plain view on bronze in color, with grayish borders. the sand, there is a little pale-colored The French Grunt is light bluish gray, Sand Flounder so exceedingly incon- with broad, undulating, irregular stripes spicuous that it is unlikely that we shall of yellow; and there are many other see it unless the water is drawn out of varieties. the pool and its inhabitants raked into Grunts have bright red or orange color our collecting bottles. at the base of the jaws and inside the Even now the possibilities of such a large mouth. The color is not visible pool have not been exhausted. when the mouth is closed. So wonderful and varied are the fishes NOISY FISHES OF THE DEEP of our warm seas that one could write One thinks of fishes as leading a life on and on about them did time permit; of perpetual silence down there under however, in a later issue of THIE GEo the waters. This generalization is not GRAPHIC will appear another and more in all cases true, however. Lying an- extensive color series of the brilliant fish chored in a small boat at night in of the Gulf Stream.