3.30 pm: the squid is now sitting in the thawing tank while we remove the tarpaulin and ropes around it. It will now be left overnight to thaw slowly. To keep the temperature even we will place the lid on the tank overnight, so there will not be a lot to see until tomorrow morning.
Two overhead hoists were used to lower the 490 kg block into the saline solution.
Once the specimen was lowered into the tank the strops were carefully removed and the thawing process begun.