National Geographic : 1932 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph from Dr. William Beebe TRANSPARENT LEAF LARVA OF A SPINY LOBSTER This creature is thin as paper, transparent as glass, and beautiful as a snow crystal. grapnel of three strong, horny hooks, with three yellow searchlights at their base. The implication of the whole affair is obvious, and the six basal muscles permit our imagination full scope in visualizing the hooking and subsequent playing of any captured fish. More astonishing things than this occur beneath the waves; so that my only objection to the feat is based not on credulous but purely practical grounds: that the hooks would soon be injured or broken off, and the whole apparatus would then be a hindrance and a danger. It seems more probable that (as I have indi cated in the drawing) the rod, line, hooks, and lure could, at a critical time, be cast swiftly ahead, when the hooks and the lights would so frighten any pursued fish that they would hesitate long enough to be engulfed in the onrushing maw. Punch, I think it was, had an amusing paragraph on this individual fish: "Dr. Beebe," it read, "has discovered a fish with an entire angler's outfit. The only thing it lacks is a pair of hands to show how large were the fish which got away." Notice of change of address of your NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE should be received in the office of the National GeographicSociety by the first of the month to affect the following month's issue. For instance, if you desire the address changed for your March number, The Society should be notified of your new address not later than Februaryfirst.