Colossal squid: thawing tank completion

The completed tank frame is lined with heavy duty plastic that will hold the fluid and specimen during the preservation process. The first task is to fill the tank with water (with about 10,000 litres to fill, it will take several hours) then we will dissolve 300 kg of salt in the tank.

The salt will decrease the freezing point of the water, enabling us to melt the ice while keeping the specimen at around zero degrees centigrade so it will not deteriorate. The scientists will be outfitted with gumboots and waders so they can climb into the tank to examine the specimen!

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