Torpedo
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Source: Kongelige Bibliotek (Bestiarius - Bestiary of Anne Walsh (Gl. kgl. S. 1633 4)) Copyright 2003 Kongelige Bibliotek / Used by permission Manuscript description Kongelige Bibliotek, Gl. kgl. S. 1633 4, Folio 63v


 

Torpedo

Latin name: Torpedo

Other names: Electric ray

A fish whose touch numbs the strongest arms and swiftest feet

 

 
General Attributes

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.


Sources (chronological order)

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.


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