The good thing about having a plan is that it can be changed! This morning we removed the colossal squid from the freezer and took it out of its plastic container bin. We discovered that the specimen filled the entire bin, and therefore there is very little ice surrounding it. Consequently the specimen would thaw well before Wednesday when all the scientists will be here, so we have placed it back in the freezer and will remove it tomorrow, allowing 48 hours for the thaw.
We added 300 kg of salt to the tank to bring the salinity level to about that of seawater.
This morning we have been assessing how to thaw the squid specimens in order, so that the scientists can examine them during the week. Later today we will remove a 200kg giant squid from the freezer and thaw it for examination Tuesday morning. Tomorrow afternoon we have a small, damaged colossal squid specimen which will thaw overnight for examination on Tuesday afternoon.
Meanwhile we have a few bags of party ice happily enjoying the tank!
Sunday 3pm : giant squid removal from freezer
Monday morning: small colossal squid removal from freezer. Monday afternoon at 3pm: large colossal squid removal from freezer.
Tuesday morning: examination of giant squid specimen. Afternoon: examination of small colossal specimen.
Wednesday 10 am – 2 pm: examination of large colossal specimen; 2 pm fixation of specimens in formalin