Here’s an update of the schedule for today. We know the squid is taking longer to thaw than we thought so even this schedule may change.
12.30 – we off for some lunch
2pm onwards – Filming by Discovery Channel
4pm Endoscope, move formalin drums into the room
5-6pm? Defrost continues
After that – fixing in formalin – everyone clears out as the scientists will be masked up with respirators because of the toxic fumes. We hope SquidCam will stay though.
Mark’s birthday drinks – if he’s still in the tank we’ll have one for him anyway who knows!
We can’t predict how long it is going to take to defrost internally so it is impossible to give exact times. The squid needs to be in the correct shape before we can start fixing its shape in formalin. They’ll start injecting it into the thickest tissues first – like the tail fin, the arms and the mantle cavity, where the internal organs are.