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How would you explain “public” and “ empty-headed bobbing” in the context?

And oh God there it was, the promise delivered, a world. Fishes mad with color, striped and dotted, golden bodies, blue heads. Societies of fish, a public, suspended in its watery world, poking pointed noses into coral. They pecked at the pair of hairy tree trunks, his legs, these edifices that were nothing to them but more landscape. The boy got a bit of a stiffy, he was that afraid, and that happy.
No more empty-headed bobbing in the sea, after this. No more believing in an ocean with nothing inside but blue water.

How would you explain “public” in “Societies of fish, a public, suspended in …” and “ empty-headed bobbing” in the last sentence?
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    "Public" can be used as a noun, meaning a community. "No more empty-headed bobbing in the sea" means he would no longer play in the water mindlessly, without thinking. "Bobbing" means to rise and fall, as you do when you float in the waves.

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