Mother Carey

Subject: Mother Carey
From: "Wim Vader" <>
Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2001 12:14:22 +0100

        Mother Carey's Chickens is an alternate sailors name for storm petrels,
and once in use there, has no doubt somehow also been transposed to another
ship-following seabird, the Giant Petrel.
        We do know, I thought , who Mother Carey was; it is a corruption of 
Cara, one of the epithets of Maria, the mother of Christ, and as such often
used by the Spanish and Portuguese sailors who were the first westerners in
the southern seas.

                                                        Wim Vader, Tromsø Museum
                                                        9037 Tromsø, Norway

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