He knew that just as readily as the other would he dive among ground-sharks to save a life, but in that fact he could find no sanction for the foolhardy act of diving
among sharks for the half of a fish.
Hence it will cause him no surprise that there should be geese and frigate-birds with webbed feet, either living on the dry land or most rarely alighting on the water; that there should be long-toed corncrakes living in meadows instead of in swamps; that there should be woodpeckers where not a tree grows; that there should be diving
thrushes, and petrels with the habits of auks.
This done, the industrious beavers indulged in a little recreation, chasing each other about the pond, dodging and whisking about on the surface, or diving
to the bottom; and in their frolic, often slapping their tails on the water with a loud clacking sound.
They go there to indulge their amphibian proclivities in diving
for small fish, and enjoying the cool depths of the water.
Mr Chester was scarcely in the saddle, and Joe was in the very act of making him a graceful bow, when old John came diving
out of the porch, and collared him.