At present we have the large giant squid that we took out of the freezer yesterday afternoon almost completely defrosted on the examination bench. We will be examining this specimen during the afternoon.
The first part of the examination is using the endoscope to check for stomach contents:
Exposing the beak at the center of the branchial crown:
Just before lunch we added a metric tonne of ice to the thawing tank to bring the temperature down before we put the large colossal specimen into the water at 3 pm today.
The smaller colossal specimen is thawing in the bench sink, but probably will not be thawed enough until tomorrow morning.
Occasionally there may be times when nothing much appears to be happening – we do have to feed the scientists – some who shall remain nameless have been eyeing the fresh squid and heard to be muttering about sushi . . . .