chouettealunettes: The Dauphiny’s Coat of arms  Gallica/ BnF : Recueil de poésies mélangées de latin 1401-1500 Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Français 147 Blazon: Per quarterly, I and IV azure three fleurs-de-lis or; II and III, or a dolphin … Continue reading

Two of the most common positions for fish are shown here by the heraldic dolphin. On the left is hauriant, or “breathing”- essentially in pale. See other examples here and here. On the right is naiant, or swimming, e.g. in fess. If the head is downwards, the term urinant (diving) is occasionally met with. Dolphins may also be seen embowed, or arched.