By Emma Kierans
Charles was fascinated by sea creatures, extraordinary creatures from the deep. He absorbed himself in strange fables about huge whales, flying fish, and terrifying beasts that lived in the submarine abyss. He studied specimens in his pickling jars for hours, collected from fishermen on the quayside.
He was particularly captivated by stories of giant squid, depicted in drawings of ships being overpowered by huge tentacles.