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1 Theophrastus, Cicero, and Plutarch state to a similar effect; and it is corroborated by the experience of most mariners.
2 The ink-fish; Sepia loligo of Linnæus. See B. ix. c. 21.
3 Virgil says the same, Georg. i. 378.
4 "Fulicæ." See B. x. c. 61, and B. xi. c. 44.
5 Virgil says the same of the diver, or didapper,Georg. i. 361; and Lucan, Pharsalia, v. 553.
6 Both Theophrastus and Ælian mention this.
7 It is not known what bird is here alluded to, but Fée is probably right in suggesting a sort of sea-mew, or gull.
8 This is still considered a prognostic of rain. Fée says that the swallow descends thus near to the surface to catch the insects on the wing, which are now disabled from rising by the hygrometric state of the atmosphere.
9 This is confirmed by experience.
10 On the contrary, Lucan says (Pharsalia, B. v. 1. 549), that on the approach of rain, the heron soars in the upper regions of the air; and Virgil says the same, Georg. i. 364.
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