From: "Don Doggett"
Subject: Re: (urth) The leatherskin Date: Mon, 18 Nov 2002 22:57:03 -0800 ----- Original Message ----- From: "William Ansley" < >  Way back on October 18, 1999 I argued that the leatherskin has twelve > legs and no one has bothered arguing with my conclusions yet. > > What I said then: > > >---------------- > >The leatherskin, one of the largest I have ever seen, stood with six > >massive legs and half its weight on the starboard gunwale, over which > >silver water cascaded. [OBW (hc), p. 62] > >---------------- > > > >If this creature has only six legs and all of them are on the starboard > >gunwale (rather a tricky balancing act in the first place), then how can > >the gunwale be only bearing half its weight? > Then Blattid says: "Actually, since first reading that scene, I've always envisioned the leatherskin as some kind of lobster ... possibly one with a slightly softer shell, possibly one that has molted recently;" Sounds good to me. Lobster anyone? There's plenty for everybody. --