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HISTORY OF ALPENA COUNTY

BY WILLIAM BOULTON IN 1876

On the subject of the food of the white fish there exists quite a diversity of opinion. They being neither predatory nor carnivorous feeders, the better judgment seems to be that their food is of vegetable origin—the product of aquatic plants, insects, and jelly-like Crustacea. Their peculiar conformation and structural organism, their known habits, and the quality of their meat go to substantiate this view. Nothing has ever been found in the intestines of the white fish that would establish in any degree their relation to the predacious or carnivorous families; hence the inference, supported by observation, is to the effect that their food is of vegetable origin, water insects, the offshoots of aquatic plants, and different forms of Crustacea. The food of the young fish, too, soon after hatched, must be the infusoria of the water, that microscopic life with which every drop of water teems when brought into certain conditions, one of which conditions is the presence of aquatic plants and vegetable growth. This view accords with" the teachings of instinct, for the parent fish invariably seek the shoal waters for the deposition of their spawn, where there is usually an abundance of aquatic plants and minute insect life, instinct so directing and assuring them that in such place or places will their offspring on emerging to life, find the food adapted to their delicate and tender constitutions. The young carries a sac the same as other members of the Salmonidae family which is soon absorbed, lasting them generally from seven to ten days. This yolk sac of the white fish, unlike that of the trout or salmon; from the hour they dash away the house of their birth, seems to offer no perceivable resistance to their agile movements.

ALPENA COUNTY MICHIGAN


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Alpena County is in 3 sections your are in section 3.
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