I think I can imagine the shade of ‘crab-green’, a deep dark place where this wily old conger eel escapes its enemy the seal.¬† Jarrk himself is so strong that he has no enemies, allowing him, in Williamson’s take, to be gentle.

Except where it comes to eels.

Elsewhere a startlingly ugly sea-bird, the shag, is reduced to a ‘crab-nibbled corpse’.

‘For whenever it saw Jarrk the seal, its enemy, it hid far down in the crab-green water, in a hole in the rocks of the deepest pool.’


Source: Henry Williamson, Tarka the Otter: His joyful water-life and death in the two rivers, illus. C.F. Tunnicliffe (Harmondsworth: Puffin Books, 1976 (1927)), p. 93


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