National Geographic : 1943 Jun
The Australian Sea Horse ONE OF THE MOST fantastic of all marine crea tures is the Australian Sea Horse or Sea Dragon (Phyllopteryx eques). His home is among the waving seaweeds on the coral banks of Indo-Pacific waters. About ten inches long when fully grown, he is small in com parison to many of his enemies. He has no means of defense. And, because of the upright position in which he carries himself, he is a very poor swimmer. He cannot escape by flight. With these handicaps, the Sea Dragon would long ago have become extinct were it not for his remarkable protective camouflage and the conve nient prehensile tail which enables him to make this camouflage effective. Long, leafy appendages extend from his body. In shape, color, and texture these appendages so closely resemble his seaweed habitat, that it is almost impossible to distinguish the fish from the plant, once he has hooked himself to it by means of his unique tail. Anchored thus, he is safe from the treacherous currents that might sweep him from his hiding place out into full view of his enemies. In this way he usually manages to escape notice. Now there is no anchor that can keep a man in a safe spot where an accident can't overtake him. And, obviously, there is no camouflage that will hide him from trouble, either. But there is a convenient anchor which will protect him from the financial consequences of an accident once it has happened. This anchor is insurance; and since the chances are actually one in ten that you will meet with an accident of some kind during the coming year, you can't afford to be without the protection of accident insurance at any time. If stumbling over something in a blackout, or some other mishap around your house or away from it should land you in the hospital for several weeks, accident insurance will take care of your hospital bills. It will also provide an income for your family while you are kept away from your job. Your local Travelers agent will be glad to ex plain to you how accident insurance can be an effective, yet inexpensive part of a well-rounded insurance program. MORAL: Insure in The Travelers. All forms of insurance. The Travelers Insurance Company, The Travelers Indemnity Company, The Travelers Fire Insurance Company, Hartford. Connecticut.