München am Meer XI: The great live Squid, which they say, few whale-ships ever beheld, and returned to their ports to tell of it
Update zu 50 Jahre alte Fischstäbchen:
Slowly wading through the meadows of brit, the Pequod still held on her way north-eastward towards the island of Java; a gentle air impelling her keel, so that in the surrounding serenity her three tall tapering masts mildly waved to that languid breeze, as three mild palms on a plain. […]
Whatever superstitions the Sperm Whalemen in general have connected with the sight of this object, certain it is, that a glimpse of it being so very unusual, that circumstance has gone far to invest it with portentousness. So rarely is it beheld, that though one and all of them declare it to be the largest animated thing in the ocean, yet very few of them have any but the most vague ideas concerning its true nature and form; notwithstanding, they believe it to furnish to the Sperm Whale his only food. For though other species of whales find their food above water, and may be seen by man in the act of feeding, the Spermaceti Whale obtains his whole food in unknown zones below the surface; and only by inference is it that any one can tell of what, precisely, that food consists. At times, when closely pursued, he will disgorge what are supposed to be the detached arms of the squid; some of them thus exhibited exceeding twenty and thirty feet in length. They fancy that the monster to which these arms belonged ordinarily clings by them to the bed of the ocean; and that the Sperm Whale, unlike other species, is supplied with teeth in order to attack and tear it.
There seems some ground to imagine that the great Kraken of Bishop Pontoppodan may ultimately resolve itself into Squid. The manner in which the Bishop describes it, as alternately rising and sinking, with some other particulars he narrates, in all this the two correspond. But much abatement is necessary with respect to the incredible bulk he assigns it.
Chapter LIX: Squid.
- King’s Mirror, 1250, aus dem Altnorwegischen übersetzt 1917,
Kapitel XII: The Marvels of the Icelandic Seas: Whales; The Kraken;
- Kryptozoologie im Open Directory Project;
- The Museum of Unnatural Mystery;
- New Zealand Herald News: Fishermen haul in world’s biggest squid, 23. Februar 2007;
- Erik Pontoppidan: Det forste Forsorg paa Norges Naturlige Historie, 1752 ff.
Ecke Blumenstraße/Pestalozzistraße/An der Hauptfeuerwache,
7. Februar 2010.