CHAP. 6.—MARVELLOUS PROPERTIES BELONGING TO CERTAIN FISHES.
Trebius Niger informs us that whenever the loligo1
darting above the surface of the water, it portends a change
of weather: that the xiphias,2
or, in other words, the swordfish,
has a sharp-pointed muzzle, with which it is able to pierce
the sides of a ship and send it to the bottom: instances of
which have been known near a place in Mauritania, known as
Cotte, not far from the river Lixus.3
He says, too, that the
loligo sometimes darts above the surface, in such vast numbers,
as to sink the ships upon which they fall.