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Sea-Angling Fishes of the Cape (South Africa): a Natural History of some of the Principal Fishes caught by Sea Anglers and Professional Fishermen in Cape Waters

Nature volume 128, page 209 (08 August 1931) | Download Citation

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CAPE COLONY extends from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean. Whereas on the west side there are almost constant conditions owing to the southern current, the waters of the Indian Ocean lave the southern peninsula, during the summer months. This means migration of fish from the north, while many stationary fish must have well-defined seasons of abundance and scarcity of food, although perhaps feeding is a matter of the psychology of the fish themselves, induced by temperature and other physical and chemical changes in the sea. There are also regular breeding seasons and movements induced by these. The author is clear on these matters in the eighteen chapters, on a like number of fish, which he presents to the angler. Eight are strong swimming pelagic fish, and his account of their local names suggests that seven must belong to genera common to the whole southern ocean, the eighth being the North Atlantic tunny, which is a rare visitor.

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