the most bulky inhabitant, raising itself aloft like some vast column, and as it towers above the sails of ships, belching forth, as it were, a deluge of water. In the ocean of Gades there is a tree, [Note] with outspread branches so vast, that it is supposed that it is for that reason it has never yet entered the Straits. There are fish also found there which are called sea-wheels, [Note] in consequence of their singular conformation; they are divided by four spokes, the nave being guarded on every side by a couple of eyes.
A deputation of persons from Olisipo, [Note] that had been sent for the purpose, brought word to the Emperor Tiberius that a triton had been both seen and heard in a certain cavern, blowing a conch-shell, [Note] and of the form under which they are usually
Pliny the Elder, Natural History (English) (XML Header) [genre: prose] [word count] [Plin. Nat.].