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1 Spallanzani, in his "Nat. Hist. of the Eel in the Lagunes of Comacchio," says, that immediately after their birth they retreat to the Lagunes, and at the end of five years re-enter the river Po.
2 Eighty or a hundred hours at most, Spallanzani says.
3 Cold, or a foul state of the water, Cuvier says, is very destructive to the eel.
4 Or Pleiades. See c. 20.
5 Aristotle, Hist. Anim. B. viii. c. 75, says the same, and likewise that they feed mostly at night. The reason for their not floating when dead, he says, is their peculiar conformation; the belly being so remarkably small that the water cannot find an entrance; added to which they have no fat upon them.
6 See B. iii. c. 23.
7 See B. iii. c. 20.
8 The setting of the Pleiades or the rising of Arcturus. See B. ii. c. 47.
9 Spallanzani informs us that the fishermen of the Lagunes of Comacchio form with reeds small chambers, by means of which they take the eels when endeavouring to re-enter the river Po; in these such vast multitudes are collected, that they are absolutely to be seen above the surface of the water.
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