|Can you see the whale shape? I can't.|
Cetus is also a constellation, that can be seen throughout the year.
However the Cetus I'm talking about is the mythological one, not the astronomical one.
Some say Cetus is closely linked to the Leviathan (the biblical sea monster alternately described as a massive black skinned whale or dragon / serpent) - however, Cetus has been described as having the head of a dog or dragon and the bloated body of a whale/dolphin with large broad fan-like fins.
Anyway, as punishment for her pride and vanity, Cassiopeia has two options, let Cetus destroy her city or sacrifice her daughter Andromeda by chaining her naked to a rock and allowing her to be eaten. Naturally, Cassi chooses the latter.
So, thinking he's in for a nice juicy dinner, Cetus approaches and gets ready for his tea. Unfortunately, Perseus, who just happens to be in the area after chopping off Medusa's head, sees what's going on... He saves Andromeda, and not content with that, cuts off Cetus' head (or some say he displayed the head of Medusa allegedly turning him to stone). Which rounded up a generally shitty day for poor old Ceets.
Perseus, went on to marry Andromeda, and fight more monsters, of course.
|Charles Andre Van Loo - Perseus and Andromeda 1735-40|
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