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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

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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.

Fachliteratur:

Unerforschtes Glockenbachviertel:
Ecke Blumenstraße/Pestalozzistraße/An der Hauptfeuerwache,
7. Februar 2010.

Written by Wolf

12. February 2010 at 12:01 am

Posted in Fiddler's Green

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  1. Waaas, sone tolle Krake gibts bei Euch da drunten? Vielleicht ist das Glockenbachviertel doch nicht so schlecht…

    cohu

    12. February 2010 at 9:19 am

  2. Der Krak ist praktisch die Galionsfigur vom ganzen Glockenbach. Sieht man, wenn man vom Sendlinger Tor in die Blumenstraße reinfährt. Nach dem Loch zur Thalkirchener.

    Wolf

    12. February 2010 at 1:46 pm

  3. Bin da bis jetzt anscheinend nur mit geschlossenen Augen durchgefahren… ;-)

    cohu

    13. February 2010 at 8:34 am

  4. Uiii… schickschick!
    Und hundertmal schöner als 50 Jahre alte Fischstäbchen, dieses hingesprayte Pottwal-Lebendfutter. ;o) Jede Menge solcher Wände kenn ich, die schreien geradezu nach weißen Segeln – hier auch. Und Berlin liegt ja erst recht am Meer.

    Aber was habt ihr für einen grau und nackig schwindsüchtigen Winter?! Wo man immer denkt, der Süden is ‘ne schneereiche Gegend. Da tät ich ja gern ein paar Lastkähne voll des grad wieder tonnenweis vom Himmel geschneiten Zeux unter Segeln den Glockenbach hoch schicken – hier ist nämlich mal langsam genug davon. ;o)

    Ahoi to Munich Seaport – und a great Kraken to you.

    hochhaushex

    13. February 2010 at 11:58 pm

  5. Na wart, bis ich in der Maxvorstadt irgendwelche Graffittels von sinkenden Schiffen find. Oder muss ich da erst selber eins sprühen? .ò)

    Schauschau — sind die Achtarmigen inzwischen doch etwas genauer erforscht. Jaja, seit man die in Form gescheibelter Fahrradschläuche beim Griechen mit Knoblauch kriegt, will man sie wohl näher kennen.

    Wolf

    14. February 2010 at 11:41 am


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