July 1988 – vol. 81, issue 7, pp 306–319 In the classical Greek period, 2,500 years ago, two seabirds had already given rise to immortal legends in the eastern Mediterranean. The Siren was reputed to lure seafarers to their doom by singing upon outlying rocks, a habit found in a variety of marine animals, but particularly characteristic of petrels on misty nights. The larger species of the area in particular, once known as the Mediterran... This article is only available to registered users.To read more, please log in or purchase a subscription.