Since the media release last Tuesday we’ve had about 6000 visits to the Te Papa squid pages! For this time period the squid ranks 5th on our website and rising! www.tepapa.govt.nz/squid
Today final preparations are in full swing with the webcam installation, and cameras being set up by Natural History NZ who are filming the dissection for a Discovery Channel documentary which will screen later this year. Converting a dissection laboratory into a film studio requires a few makeshift changes to control the lighting and sound!
The webcam will screen from Sunday morning NZ time (and we’ll leave the lights on so people can watch ice melt overnight!). Unfortunately we will not be able to webcast the lectures live on 1st & 2nd May, but these will be available as podcasts later.
We will endeavour to update events throughout the dissection as information becomes available.
What others are saying
There’s a lot of information about colossal squid available on the internet in addition to the Te Papa webpages – for example The Octopus News Magazine Online: http://tonmo.com
Especially the forums. For instance on this thread, Dr Steve O’Shea will answer questions about the colossal squid: http://www.tonmo.com/forums/showthread.php?t=13084&page=4
Tomorrow is ANZAC Day holiday in New Zealand, so we’ll be back on Sunday morning when the squid will be removed from the freezer to start thawing. While we watch ice melt we have some other giant squid in the freezer to examine – yesterday we received news of the capture of another 200+kg giant squid that will be delivered here on Monday! The signs are good – here’s a cloud which appeared over the building yesterday: