National Geographic : 1922 Jan
CERTAIN CITIZENS OF THE WARM SEA its mouth. Another species, the Fieras ferer, lives in the sea-pudding, one of the Holothurians, or sea-cucumbers. The sea-horse and the pipefish carry their eggs in external caudal pouches. And so it is that in probably thousands of other ways Nature makes provision for the offsetting of the constant canni balistic warfare against life in the seas. Into the battle for and against the mul tiplication of these species steps man, who, provided with human mind and in tellect, looks to the sea for food, diver sion, and for useful products of benefit to his kind. Industries have been built up which take countless millions of fishes yearly for food and other commercial uses. TIlE LURE OF THE SINGING LINE It is doubtful if there is any one except the biologist who appreciates the living things in the sea more than do sportsmen, who come in ever-increasing numbers to the fishing grounds for a try at their health-giving, out-of-doors recreation. The big-game hunter of the land, when coming upon a bull moose standing clear of the woods and providing an excellent opportunity for a shot, will sometimes tremble so that he is unable to pull the trigger. So there is a thrill all its own in the striking of the tarpon, sailfish, or some of the other game fishes of the Gulf Stream. It has been said truly that one strike invariably means a convert. Wary, strong, and of remarkable game ness, it is true that these wonderful fishes try the strength, skill, and endurance of even the best and most experienced angler; and, when the prize is finally landed, the successful one feels all the exultation of one who has waged a mighty battle and won. THE VALUE OF ADVERSITY The tarpon in Florida waters, like the tuna or tunny in southern California fish ing areas, is looked upon by the general public as the premier among game fishes and occupies a highly specialized place in the estimation of all persons of either sex interested in this sport. The "Silver King," as the tarpon is called, was one of the earliest of the large fishes for which sportsmen angled. Consequently it has been the most extensively advertised Photograph by Van Campen Heilner THE SOUTHERN PORPOISE, SOMETIMES ERRONEOUSLY CALLED DOLPHIN The great flats of the Bay of Florida is one of the favorite feeding grounds of this swift and graceful fish. When harpooned it puts up a long and thrilling battle.