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Putnam, David Binney / David goes voyaging
(1925)

The giant devil fish,   pp. [117]-122 ff.


Page 121

THE GIANT DEVIL FISH 
  Meanwhile Bill had come along in another 
skiff to see the excitement. Bill gave,them a 
second harpoon which Dwight stuck in and 
then the fish towed the two boats for a time, 
every once in a while flipping up its tail and 
hunching its back to try to sweep off the ropes 
and harpoons. 
  Gradually it swam back towards the ship 
and the men started their engine and forced 
it over that way. When it was quite near, 
we hurried to the boat to get the movie camera 
for Shorty, and I brought Dwight's revolver 
to him. He shot it five times with a thirty- 
eight, and Bill put in five loads of heavy buck 
shot. Then it seemed to make a great effort 
and tried to swim down deep. Don held it 
with all his strength and would not let it go 
straight down. It flipped its wing and hit 
Don right across the shoulder and head twice 
but he never let go. Then it tried to spill over 
the boat by getting right under it. But finally 
they towed it near enough for the sailors to 
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