Earlier, east of Den Hoorn, a skylark flying and singing.
Near the Novalishoeve farm, a flock of jackdaws.
A chaffinch sings.
Wood ear fungi on a fallen branch.
We arrive at Ecomare museum, and at their animal rehab center.
In the birds’ center at the moment mainly gannets. And one great cormorant. Other injured or sick birds brought to the center include herring gulls, lesser black-backed gulls, razorbills and guillemots.
In the harbour porpoise pool there are two porpoises. They beached when they were still very young, unable to survive in the North Sea not having learnt so from their mothers. In the pool they get herring and capelin fish.
In the harbour seal rehab pools, some animals looked relaxed.
Finally, the new whale hall. Paid for by the sperm whale beached in December 2012 on Razende Bol islet near Texel. That whale turned out to have much valuable ambergris in its entrails. The ambergris meant enough money for a hall, big enough for the skeletons not only of the sperm whale, but also of the humpback whale beached also on Razende Bol a few days earlier; and of a killer whale.
Fin whale, beached on Texel, to Ecomare: here.