Surely there are other very similar little blue butterflies scattered in numbers over the earth. What really is the justification for protecting this species? Thanks for bringing this ridiculous situation to our attention.
GORDON G. BLACK
Menlo Park, Calif.
THE RED HORDE
My brother Bob and I, plus brother Ted, and Frank McGinn were on the plane returning from another trip to Club Pacifico when the issue of SI containing Clive Gammon's article on our July trip (A Fish Story That Was All Too True, Feb. 14) was handed to us by the stewardess. Most of us had just spent a few days off Jicar�n and Hannibal Bank experiencing the very thrills we were reading about. The sharks are still there, as well as the Red Horde, except the Horde was on the surface. Never before had I said a prayer for a brand-new plug not to be taken, but this time I did because of the "bird's nest" in my reel. My prayer was not answered, however, because five seconds later that plug was gulped, the rod bent double, the line stretched and broken—and goodby $5.
We had seven rods rigged for action, but the guide couldn't keep up. Soon all seven were out of action with broken lines. On the last day other fishermen in eight new Mako 25-footers were circling the same area and having the identical problem of broken tackle. Still, we filled up the fish box.
Thanks for the fish story. Clive Gammon shows imagination and creativity. Plus, he is good.
I read the article What's That Coming Out of Your Shirt? Oh, It's Just Jo-Jo (Feb. 14) by Dan Levin with great interest. In 1971 I spent more than five months in the Florida Keys, observing and investigating hermit-crab behavior as part of a National Geographic grant project. I fully agree with Glen Spence that these crabs should receive some protection from man's ever-increasing encroachment on their environment.
The world has at long last found a hermit-crab lover. Just reading about Glen Spence, one forgets, for a moment, the atrocities that have been committed against wildlife. Albert Schweitzer would no doubt be proud of the comparison.
Newport Beach, Calif.
TENNIS ON ICE (CONT.)
It is clear from the letters you have published (Feb. 21) that the game of tennis on ice is not a Russian invention, but it goes back much further than your readers attest. Since no one else apparently has done so, let me point out that the idea goes back at least to the invention of lawn tennis in its modern form by Major Walter Clopton Wingfield in 1873. In their book The Game of Doubles in Tennis, William F. Talbert and Bruce S. Old quote from Wingfield's original booklet:
"All these difficulties have been surmounted by the inventor of 'Lawn Tennis,' which has all the interest of 'tennis,' and has the advantage that it may be played in the open air in any weather by people of any age and both sexes. In a hard frost the nets may be erected on the ice, and the players being equipped with skates, the Game assumes a new feature, and gives an opening for the exhibition of much grace and science."
LESLIE H. AULT