Nevertheless, in France, the barnacle goose may be eaten on fast-days by virtue of this old belief in its marine origin.
The barnacle goose finds its food more on land and inland lakes than in the sea.
Some would have him to be a barnacle goose, others a dab-chick or coot—none of which can fairly be classed as aviculæ small birds.
Another species resembling the latter, called the “barnacle goose,” was seen by our travellers.
On Spitzbergen besides the barnacle goose we meet with the closely allied species Anser leucopsis, Bechst.
The barnacle goose is a well-known bird, and is eaten on fast-days in France, by virtue of this old belief in its marine origin.
What, then, is the marine production from which the barnacle goose was thought to be engendered?
It was long a belief among many people that the barnacle produced the barnacle goose.