fore leaving the Nautilus.
Then, following the Captain’s example, I allowed myself to be dressed in the
heavy copper helmet, and our reservoirs of air were at once in activity. An instant after we were landed, one after the other, in about two yards of water upon an even sand. Captain Nemo made a sign with his hand, and we followed
him by a gentle declivity till we disappeared under the waves.
Over our feet, like coveys of snipe in a bog, rose shoals of fish, of the genus
monoptera, which have no other fins but their tail. I recognized the Javanese, a
real serpent two and a half feet long, of a livid colour underneath, and which might easily be mistaken for a conger eel if it were not for the golden stripes on
its side. In the genus stromateus,南京夜生活论坛 whose bodies are very flat and oval, I saw some
of the most brilliant colours, carrying their dorsal fin like a scythe; an excellent
eating fish, which, dried and pickled, is known by the name of Karawade; then
some tranquebars, belonging to the genus apsiphoroides, whose body is covered
with a shell cuirass of eight longitudinal plates.
The heightening sun lit the mass of waters more and more. The soil changed
by degrees. To the fine sand succeeded a perfect causeway of boulders, covered
with a carpet of molluscs and zoophytes. Amongst the specimens of these
branches I noticed some placenae, with thin unequal shells, a kind of ostracion
peculiar to the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean; some orange lucinae with rounded
shells; rockfish three feet and a half long, which raised themselves under the waves like hands ready to seize one. There were also some panopyres, slightly luminous; and lastly, some oculines, like magnificent fans, forming one of the richest vegetations of these seas.
In the midst of these living plants, and under the arbours of the hydrophytes,
were layers of clumsy articulates, 南京品茶网particularly some raninae, whose carapace
formed a sli