as the whole of the head: care, too, should be taken not to wash it over much; an observation equally applicable to all kinds of shell-fish, when intended for food, the flavour being deteriorated [Note] thereby.
The hippocampus, [Note] taken in drink, neutralizes the poison of the sea-hare. As a counter-poison to dorycnium, [Note] sea-urchins are remarkably useful; as also in cases where persons have taken juice of carpathum [Note] internally; more particularly if the urchins are used with the liquor in which they are boiled. Boiled sea-crabs, too, are looked upon as highly efficacious in cases of poisoning by dorycnium; and as a neutralizer of the venom of the sea-hare they are particularly good.
Oysters, too, neutralize the venom of the sea-hare—and now that we are speaking of oysters, it may possibly be thought that I have not treated of this subject at sufficient length in the former part [Note] of my work, seeing that for this long time past the palm has been awarded to them at our tables as a most exquisite dish. Oysters love fresh water and spots [Note] where numerous rivers discharge themselves into the sea; hence it is that the pelagia [Note] are of such small size and so few in number. Still, however, we do find them breeding among rocks and in places far remote from the contact of fresh water, as in the neighbourhood of Grynium [Note] and of Myrina, [Note] for example. Generally speaking, they increase in size with the increase of the moon, as already stated by us when [Note] treating of the aquatic animals: but it is at the beginning of summer, more par-
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