Agassiz was the founder of the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology and a Harvard professor in the 19th century. The following account was written by one of his students, Samuel H. Scudder, under the title “Agassiz and the Fish, by a Student” (American Poems
, 3rd ed. [Boston: Houghton, Osgood & Co., 1879], pp. 450-54). Thanks to David Howard’s site
for the reproduction of the original story.