Sometimes, one of the big whale swims accidentally in a part of the ocean too shallow for them. I.e in winter 2015/2016 a few adolescent put whales came into German Bight. They need deep water for hunting giant squids. It’s assumed, these whales lost orientation and got lost in the wrong part of the atlantic ocean. It was impossible to direct them back to deep water, so the finally died of starving.
This wasn’t the first time, such a whale stranded at a German coast accidentally. In my image above you can see the skeleton of a pot whale that has died because of such an error in navigation a few years ago. Now, the prepared skeleton in hanging in a museum. Behind the skeleton they put up a mockup of a giant squid. You can see the huge eye of the giant squid easily above the skull. Both animals are of nearly the same size. The thin line around the skull of the whale symbolise the shape of the head. Imagine of the fight between a pot whale and a giant squid in about 1,000 m depth: a strong jaw agains 8 long arms and a sharp spout.
Today, I’d like to introduce you to Fritz. He’s our cat. Born in late April 2010 in our kitchen. He is the youngest of his siblings, but the biggest from the birth. Out of his 3 sisters, only the oldest is also still with us. The other 2 moved to an other family in summer 2010 when they were a few months old. These were the first of the four kittens which ate cat food and didn’t drank mother milk anymore.
Their mother was less than a year when she became pregnant by accident. According to her habit, we guessed, she was born in summer 2009. She became only about 1 years old and died as a result of an accident with a car at a Saturday night in mid September. Luckily, the kittens were already old enough to survive alone (with our help). The first 2 girls were black, just like their father and the 2 younger kittens were tabby, just like their mother.
The first-born kitten was the smallest from the beginning and is still quite small. So, she got the name Petite-Fleur (little flower). The second got the name Felina, derived for the latin name for cats: Felidae (Felis silvestris catus). The third got her name from the very prominent “M” on here forehead: Mchen (little M). And, the youngest was Fritz. He also has the “M” on his forehead, but less distinct than in his elder sisters fur.
This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole. This week we have a themed competition, because it’s the first week of a month. The theme is “cats” or at least “pets” if cat is not possible. Look at here site on Thursday (Australian time), to see many more monochrome images created by many other talented photographers from all over the world.
On Corfu we saw many, many cats. Most of them quite shy, others trusting and curious. But, all of them very skinny. You can see easily, they have to work hard to make a living. Surprisingly, I didn’t see or hear any dog.
Not all of the images in the gallery below are mine. Half of them are taken by my company. He is also here at WordPress.
While I was driving our rental car, he was able to take some photos while we were on the road. So, he got the images where the cats are examining the waste bins.
Look in the lower right corner to see, which images he gave me. 🙂 To see some more images from Corfu, you could switch to his blog, too.