Porpoise Below

The Ship Wreck

We built a house from the wreckage of our ship. We supplied ourselves well with a boat in which my father used to go fishing. We had fish to eat: turbot, salmon, mulwell, grampus, porpoise, and mackerel. In great abundance we had bread and good fish

Geiffrei Gaimar, 12th cen.


W. Sayers, Naming and Renaming the Grampus

Snakes Above

Archeological video dairy, the video below give a wider sense of the space.

Of A Space Incompatible With Social Distance

More recent, last Monday. London


As crowds gathered along the banks of the Thames around Teddington weir to catch a glimpse of the little whale that had lost its way upriver, the mood gradually became tinged with sadness at the realisation that the baby minke would probably never make it back out to sea.

The calf had first got stranded on Richmond lock’s boat rollers on Sunday evening. It was finally freed by rescue teams around 1am but wriggled free from the inflatable rescue raft and went missing, before being spotted again in Teddington late on Monday morning.


It later got stuck in shallow waters for a second time at Teddington weir, where it became entangled in vines and “very distressed”, according to the British Divers Marine Life Rescue service (BDMLR). As its condition continued to deteriorate, it was clear that the injured whale, which had become completely stationary in the water, could not be saved. It was put down by vets on Monday evening.

Members of the public had braved wind and rain to cram along the bridge and riverbank throughout the afternoon, hoping to spot its grey dorsal fin poking through the dark swirling waters. Two helicopters flew overhead while a crew from the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) monitored the situation. One ambitious onlooker even ventured out in a kayak hoping for a closer look at the small whale, measuring around four metres in length.

“I’m so invested in this poor little whale,” said Sheila………………………….


Stranded whale in Thames put down after suffering injuries, The Guardian.

And Then I Mistook A Whale For an Island (Light, Sound, Space)

Intoxication and its Double (Being a Reliable Guide To Sardinia)

Now we should like to tell you of a great marvel. In the sea there are various fishes just as there are snakes on the earth and birds up in the air. Some of these are white, others salt- and- pepper; some are black, others grey-brown. Just as diverse, I assure you, are the fish in the ocean, but one cannot know their natures as surely as one can in the case of animals. In the sea, which is vast and full, are the sturgeon and the whale, the turbot and the porpoise, and a larfe fish which is called graspeis. But there is a marvelous monster there, very treacherous and, whose name in Latin is cetus. It is no friend of mariners

Guillaume Le Clerc


W. Sayers, Naming and Renaming the Grampus

(Q & A)People Also Ask

Piggy Mac Pigface
What kind of fish looks like a pig?
Humuhumunukunukuapuaʻa – The Fish That Grunts Like a Pig


One of the most beloved fish in the sea is Hawaiʻi’s official state fish—the humuhumunukunukuapuaʻa, or humu for short. This little creature, with a not so little name, became the state fish in 1985, after being chosen by a popular statewide vote.

.xl. Puddyng of purpaysse

Take þe Blode of hym, & þe grece of hym self, & Ote-mele, & Salt, & Pepir, & Gyngere, & melle þese to-gederys wel, & þan putte þis in þe Gutte of þe purpays, & þan lat it seþe esyli, & not hard, a good whylys; & þan take hym vppe, & broyle hym a lytil, & þan serue forth. 


T. Austin (eds.) Two Fifteenth-century cook books: Harleian M.S. 279 (1430), & Harl. MS. 4016 (1450)