Wildlife Classics: Legend of the Squid


The Kraken

A Wildlife Classic by 
Alfred Tennyson


Below the thunders of the upper deep,
Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
About his shadowy sides; above him swell
Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
And far away into the sickly light,
From many a wondrous grot and secret cell
Unnumbered and enormous polypi
Winnow with giant arms the slumbering green.
There hath he lain for ages, and will lie
Battening upon huge sea worms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once by man and angels to be seen,
In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.


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Birds by Hondecoeter




Melchior d'Hondecoeter was a Dutch painter of the 1600s. 

Animal Movies: Blood of the Beasts

This 1949 documentary by Georges Franju is probably the most beautiful film ever made about slaughterhouses. Like many things I post here, this is not for the sensitive or the squeamish. (I really mean it this time.) But if you are open to an admittedly upsetting experience, you will find much to ponder in this great film. 








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