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BEST'S ART OF ANGLING. .
A Description of Fishes according to Natural His.
tory, with the best Methods of breeding, feeding, &c.
VISHES, in natural history, are animals that
live in the water, as their proper place of abode. Naturalists observe a world of wisdom and design in the structure of fishes, and their conformation to the element they reside in.
Their bodies are clothed and guarded in the best
manner, with scales or shells, suitable to their respective circumstances, the dangers they are exposed to, and the motion and business they are to perform.
The center of gravity is placed in the fittest part of the body for swimming, and their shape most commodious for making way through the water, and most agreeable to geometrical rules.
They have several parts peculiar to themselves : as fins, to balance and keep them upright; an airbladder or swim, to enable them to rise or sink to any height or depth of water at pleasure ; gills or branchia, whereby they respire as land