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“This, within the last 10 years, has proved to be a fallacy, for after 600 fathoms down to 800, the sea is teeming with animals of a sort hitherto unknown to man: animals nearly transparent, but which have eyes, and lungs, and hearts the same as we have, and which reveal, under the microscope, all these organs to perfection. We see them going through the whole of their animal functions from their cradle to their grave; we see them seizing their prey; we see them digesting it; we see also their eggs being formed; and we see them under the microscope, when fully developed and the creature springs into existence. I hope some time to show any one who cares, these things for themselves.

Among the creatures that we have brought up in the dredge, I purpose shewing and describing the most curious. You see them here drawn by Mr. Wyld, the Artist and you can form some idea of their beauty and delicate formation. This creature half Plant and half animal possesses the power of emitting a strong green light from its body; we obtained it off the Canary islands in 1700 fathoms of water, and when hauled up, gave a sufficient light to enable Captain Maclear to experiment on it.
This makes the fifth creature of this species on record. The peculiar phosphorescent light which emanates from these and similar creatures, is the only light existing below 400 fathoms of water, and is wholly independent of the light of the sun. This other vase-shaped animal, half glass & half sponge is not unknown in England, but has never before been obtained elsewhere, than off the Phillipine Islands. From their great beauty and rarity they were, on their first appearance, sold in England for £50 apiece, as chimney ornaments. We obtained this off the coast of Portugal. This gelatinopus creature, which looks like a ship's anchor, we obtained off the Canary Islands; and these peculiar excrescences in the shape of an anchor which protrude from the creature's body serve for exactly that purpose, in enabling it to cloing with wonderful tenacity to any substance, “Especially a man's fingers." What caused these excrescences to assume this particular shape has puzzled many. Whether the animal first saw a ship's anchor, & took a fancy to its form & shape, or whether we first saw the animal & borrowed its nautical appendage for our anchor, is more than I am able to decide. To-day the dredge brought us up an immense Prawn, or Lobster, from 2000 fathoms of water, some of you perhaps saw it, and noticed that it lacked eyes. Now a common Lobster has a pair of very bright eyes fixed to the end of a sort of twig, & you may have seen it occasionally sling its eyes over its shoulder & look behind. Not so our crab, where his eyes should have been, there was nothing; & the reason, I take it, why there was nothing, is, that as there is no light where the gentleman lives; no eyes he requires, as they would only be an encumbrance. It is now getting late, & I feel that I must draw my discourse to a close, observing that I shall be most happy to resume the subject at some future time, if you care to hear me.”
[Loud and continued Applause.]
JM