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Tautog Tautoga onitis
2013-02-03 09:45:18

Image Credit: NOAA/Wikipedia The tautog is found amongst rocks, bridge pillars, mussel beds, and other objects resting on the ocean floor close to the shore line of the western Atlantic from Nova Scotia to South Carolina. It is most abundantly found around Cape Cod, and in Delaware Bay. The name tautog comes from the Narragansett language, but it is also called a black porgy, or chub; in...

Ballan Wrasse
2008-10-08 12:50:11

The Ballan Wrasse or simply Wrasse (Labrus bergylta) is a species of fish found in the eastern Atlantic Ocean. It has a maximum length of 26 inches. All Ballan Wrasse are born as females and only a few change sexes after about 8 years of age. Large wrasses are almost always male. This fish is a popular delicacy in the Orkney Islands and in Galway.

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  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.