Latin name: Torpedo
Other names: Electric ray
A fish whose touch numbs the strongest arms and swiftest feet
The torpedo is a fish that lives in the Indian Ocean. If touched, it makes its body stiff. Even at a distance, or if touched by a spear, the power of the torpedo numbs even the strongest arms and paralizes swiftest feet. It is so strong that even its breath can affect one's limbs.
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Isidore of Seville [7th century CE] (Etymologies, Book 12, 6:45): The torpedo has its name because it becomes stiff (torpescere) when touched. Anyone who touch this fish, even with a long pole, becomes numb or paralyzed. It is so strong that even the breath from its body affects the limbs.