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thin narrow strips and hung to dry in the air and sun.
Fish not cleaned and dried may spoil in half a day.
Never eat a fish that has pale slimy gills, sunken eyes,
flabby skin and flesh, an unpleasant odor, or whose flesh
remains indented when pressed by the thumb. Good
fish should have pink or red gills, bright clear eyes, firm
flesh, and be free from stringy slime. Sea fish should also
have a saltwater tang or clean fishy odor.
b. Poisonous fish are sometimes found in the tropics.
The bodies of these fish are covered with rough or spiriy
scales, with thornlike spines, or with bony plates. In
one poisonous variety the skin is naked or is strewn with
soft spines or bristles which look like hair. None have
the ordinary scales found on bass, trout, snappers,
groupers, and goldfish. Follow this rule: If it does not
look like an ordinary fish, if it has unusual appendages,
if its mouth looks unusual or lacks teeth, if it is not cov-
ered with ordinary fish scales, let it alone. Remember
that fresh, nonpoisonous, salt-water fish can be eaten
raw; fresh-water fish cannot.
c. Fish are attracted by light and may jump into the
boat toward a flashlight or the reflection of the moon on
a white object hung in the boat.
d. The whole meat, blood, and juice of a turtle are
edible. Hot sun brings out of turtle fat a clear oil into
which food may be dipped. Turtles can be snagged with
a hook or turned on their backs and towed in. How-
ever, even after a turtle's head has been cut off, the
mouth may bite and the claws may scratch.
e. Eels are fish and good to eat but do not confuse
them with sea snakes. Unlike eels, sea snakes, found in
the Pacific and Indian oceans, have scales and swim on
the surface of the water.
51. SLEEP. a. While it is possible to do without sleep
for long periods, it is far better to get regular sleep. If
you feel cold, crowd together under a canvas cover for-
ward or in a sail cloth or blanket. In calm weather
make more room in the boat by lashingpoars' and spare
gear outboard along the gunwale.
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