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Mother Carey's chickens


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Is a seafarer's name for seabirds, the storm petrels (family Hydrobatidae). The name is a corruption of Mater Cara, darling mother. Sailors believed they came to warn them of approaching storms, and since each bird contained the soul of a drowned seaman it was most unlucky to kill one.

See also superstitions of sailors.

See also superstitions of sailors.

M. V. Angel

Subjects: Maritime History.


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