Fish, Sea-mammals & Sharks

"Now this," Saphrar the merchant was telling me, "is the braised liver of the blue, four-spired
Cosian wingfish."

This fish is a tiny, delicate fish, blue, about the size of a tarn disk when curled in one's hand; it has
three or four slender spines in its dorsal fin, which are poisonous; it is capable of hurling itself
from the water and, for brief distances, on its stiff pectoral fins, gliding through the air, usually to
evade the smaller sea-tharlarions, which seem to be immune to the poison of the spines. This fish
is also sometimes referred to as the songfish because, as a portion of its courtship rituals, the
males and females thrust their heads from the water and utter a sort of whistling sound. Nomads
of Gor, page 84-85


Two weeks ago, some ten to fifteen sleeps ago, by rare fortune, we had managed to harpoon a
baleen whale, a bluish, white-spotted blunt fin. That two whales had been taken in one season
was rare hunting, indeed. Sometimes two or three years pass without a whale being taken.
Beasts of Gor, page 264

Even fog banks, and the feeding grounds of the whales, and ice floes, in given seasons, in their
own waters, five the men of Torvaldsland information as to their whereabouts, they utilizing such
things as easily, as unconsciously, as a peasant might a mountain, or a hunter a river. Marauders
of Gor, page 56

The men of the country of Ax Glacier fish for whales and hunt snow sleen. Marauders of Gor, page

He fingered the heavy tooth, on its chain, which hung about his neck, that tooth of a Hunjer
whale, dyed blue. Marauders of Gor, page 191

Once the blond girl cried out, the scoop in her hand.

“Look!” she cried, pointing over the port gunwale.

A hundred yards away, rolling and sporting, were a family of whales, a male, two females, and
four calves. Marauders of Gor, page 63

Bint or Blue Grunt

Ayari nodded, shuddering. Such blood might attract the bint, a fanged, carnivorous marsh eel, or
the predatory, voracious blue grunt, a small, fresh-water variety of the much larger and familiar
salt-water grunt of Thassa. The blue grunt is particularly dangerous during the daylight hours
preceding its mating periods, when it schools. Its mating periods are synchronized with the
phases of Gor´s major moon, the full moon reflecting on the surface of the water somehow
triggering the mating instinct. During the daylight hours preceding such a moon, as the restless
grunts school, they will tear anything edible to pieces which crosses their path. During the hours
of mating, however, interestingly, one can move and swim among them untouched. The danger,
currently, of the bint and blue grunt, however, was not primarily due to any peril they themselves
might represent, particularly as the grunt would not now be schooling, but due to the fact that
they, drawn by shed blood, might be followed by tharlarion. Explorers of Gor, page 267
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...crowded and schooling, were thousands of blue grunt. This fish, when isolated and swimming free in a river or lake, is not particularly
dangerous. For a few days prior to the fullness of the major Gorean moon, however, it begins to school. It´ then becomes extremely
dangerous. For a few days prior to the fullness of the major Gorean moon, however, it begins to school. It´ then becomes extremely
Ihn. There had been a thrashing frenzy in the water and then the rope had been withdrawn, severed. The moat had been crossed by a
men. The effectiveness of the moat, aside from the barrier of the water itself, would become negligible with the passing of the full
moon, until the next. The grunt, following the mating frenzy, synchronized with the full moon, would return to the lake. Given the habits
of the fish I had little doubt but that this place was an ancient mating ground for them, for the grunt populations tend to return again
and again to the places of their frenzy, wherever, usually in a lagoon or shallow place in a river, they may be. The grunt now schooling
in ruins but in the height of its glory and power. The grunt in the moat were for a time an effective barrier, but surely Shaba and his
men realized that it must be temporary. Suddenly the hair on the back of my neck rose. I now understood the practicality of their
present situation. Explorers of Gor, page 432

There is also, however, some danger in this, for sea sleen and the white sharks of the north occasionally attempt to tear such a girl
from the oar.  Marauders of Gor, page 66

I ran to the stern that I might watch. Half out of the water, then returning to it, I saw a great speckled grunt, four-gilled. It dove, and
swirled away. Another man came to help with the line. I observed the struggle. One often fishes from the ships on Thassa, and the diet
of the sailors consists, in part, of the catch. Part of each catch is commonly saved, to serve as bait for the next. Slavegirl of Gor, page


They will even drive one another away from their local tharlarion, fighting in contests of intraspecific aggression, over the plated
territory of the monster's back. The remora fish and the shark have what seem to be, in some respects, a similar relationship. These
tiny fish, incidentally, are called gints. Explorers of Gor, page 299-300
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I cried out with fear. One of the men shouted with anger. Rising from under the grunt swiftly was a long-bodied shark, white,
nine-gilled. It tore the grunt from the line and bore it away. Other dorsal fins, of smaller sharks, trailed it, waiting. Sharks, and
sometimes marine saurians, sometimes trail the ships, to secure discarded garbage and rob the lines of the fishermen. For more
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The convoy, by its size, had doubtless attracted many such monsters. I had seen, yesterday, the long neck of a marine saurian lift from
the waters of gleaming Thassa, It had a small head, and rows of small teeth. Its appendages were like broad paddles. Then it had
lowered its head and disappeared. Such beasts, in spite of their frightening appearance, are apparently harmless to men. They can
take only bits of garbage and small fish. Certain related species thrive on crustaceans found among aquatic flora. Further, such beasts
are rare. Some sailors, reportedly, have never seen one. Far more common, and dangerous, are certain fishlike marine saurians, with
long, toothed snouts; they are silent and aggressive, and sailors fear them as they do the long-bodied sharks.

Sea Sleen

The sea sleen, vicious, fanged aquatic mammals, apparently related to the land forms of sleen, are the swiftest predators to be found
in Thassa; further, they are generally conceded to be the most dangerous; they tend, however, to frequent northern waters.
Occasionally they have been found as far south, however, as the shores of Cos and the deep inlets of Tyros. Slavegirl of Gor, page 360
This research is done on the series of books written by John Norman, the comments in italics are mine and my point of view.
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