“After my head has been chopped off, will I still be able to hear, at least for a moment, the sound of my own blood gushing from my neck? That would be the pleasure to end all pleasures.”
From 1910 to 1929 in Dusseldorf, Germany, Peter Kurten murdered nine people with hammers, knives, scissors, and his bare hands, male and female alike, from ages 5 to middle age. He would also often drink their blood, giving him the nickname “The Vampire of Dusseldorf.” He was captured after his wife alerted the police, and was executed by guillotine in 1931. A psychiatrist who interviewed him in prison determined that Kurten needed the sight of blood to be sexually stimulated.
Once a year, penguins go through what is called a catastrophic molt, where they shed all of their feathers at once. It takes 2-3 weeks and they cannot go to sea to feed in this time, so they are fasting AND uncomfortable. We keep a far distance from molters, if we disturb them and they move, they’re expending precious energy they need to keep warm.
Photos: Molting Adelie’s in the Mist Rock Islands, South of the Antarctic Circle and a molting King Penguin in South Georgia