The large colossal squid is thawing . . . meanwhile, we are currently setting up for the dissection this afternoon. The scientists will be dissecting the smaller, damaged colossal squid.
The dissection table has had to be changed because the colossal squid is a lot wider than the giant squid we were looking at earlier. We’ve also had to change the angle of our cameras to handle the longer specimen!
Peter Batson from Dunedin, NZ is going to commentate the dissection. He’ll have a mike and will be right there with the scientists. We hope this way you will get clearer audio.
Let us know if there are any specific questions you have about this afternoon.
We have just weighed the anterior mantle of the smaller colossal squid: 71 kg; the tail fin and part mantle section weighed 63 kg and the head and arms (brachial crown)section weighed 27 kg – a total weight of 161 kg!
The three sections of the smaller specimen take up the entire width and length of our three dissection tables.
The tentacles are 2.45 metres long – much shorter than the giant squid tentacles, but the total body length of this specimen is longer than the giant squid.