CHAP. 10.—OTHER WONDERFUL THINGS RELATING TO DOLPHINS.
The account which Mucianus gives of a similar mode of
fishing in the Iasian Gulf differs from the preceding one, in
the fact that there the dolphins make their appearance of their
own accord, and do not require to be called: they receive their
share from the hands of the people, each boat having its own
particular associate among the dolphins; and this, although the
fishing is carried on at night-time by the light1
If the latter is the meaning, Pliny probably intends to speak only of what
some of them are able to do: otherwise it is hard to see of what utility the
nets were in the operation.
Dolphins, also, form among themselves2
a sort of general
community. One of them having been captured by a king of
Caria and chained up in the harbour, great multitudes of dolphins assembled at the spot, and with signs of sorrow which
could not be misunderstood, appealed to the sympathies of
the people, until at last the king ordered it to be released.
The young dolphins, also, are always attended3
by a larger
one, who acts as a guardian to them; and before now, they have
carrying off the body of one which had died, that
it might not be devoured by the sea-monsters.