Friday, 11 November 2016
Ythrians And Cormorants
Are we told whether Ythrians are able to dive for fish? Given their large feathered bodies, they probably can't. The Japanese use fishing cormorants with a brass ring around the neck to prevent them from swallowing large fish. Thus, inter-species cooperation although not between two intelligent species.
I was reminded of Ythrians when Kissy Suzuki's cormorant:
"...went to his perch, where he stood with wings magnificently outstretched to dry and waited in this lordly stance for his boatman to take him back home to his cove."
-Ian Fleming, You Only Live Twice (London, 1966), p. 133.
If we can imagine an intelligent cormorant, then he might be like an Ythrian although the latter are not birds, giving live birth and having lips, not beaks.