CHAP. XIV. Of the Sea-Hare, the Lobster, with his shell, and the Calamarie.
THe Sea-Hare hath a body all white, you would think it to be a little box, or congealed flegme. It is seldom taken but in great heat of weather; for then all things are troubled by the extream heat, even those things that lye at the bottom of the Sea. And though very few water-Creatures are found to be venomous, because they dwell in moysture, which for the general is contrary to venome; and some creatures contain their venome in some part onely, as the Spi∣der-fish in its prickles, the Sea-Ray in the radius, yet the Hare is poyson all over. Titus the Emperour was reported to be poyson'd with this by his Brother Domitian. For when the Oracle was con∣sulted concerning the manner of his death; The answer was, He should perish as Ulysses did, by the Sea. Now Ulysses was killed by the sting of the Ray. They that die by the venom of it, will be so many dayes in dying, as the Hare lived, Licinius Macer, in Pliny, l. 31. c. 2. Lobsters will not breed in the Sea Euripus, if we credit Aristotle hist. 9. c. 37. but in the Indian Sea, they are 4 cubits long, Pliny l. 9. c. 3. Concerning the Calamaries, Pliny writes out of Trebius Niger, that they fly sometimes in such multitudes, that they will drown Ships. But Albertus l. 24. de animal. saith, That in Sexus a River of Mauritania, a Calamarie is five cubits long, and near the Sea he will fly like an arrow. Rondeletius thinks, that this is nothing incredible, when as they swim many together, holding one upon the other, and therefore many are taken together.