Emma touches the smaller colossal squid
Phew-wee! Never thought I’d be saying this but…. I’m becoming a squid geek!
I’m Emma – you might’ve just seen me on the various cameras (not sure which is my best side) – I work at Te Papa and couldn’t turn down this once-in-a-lifetime invite to see THE SQUID.
My plan was also to touch it. To be honest anything with lots of legs/tentacles gives me the willies but if it’s there (and not moving is a bonus in my book) you have to touch!
It’s cold – not surprising. It’s smooth, slimy. The gills felt extremely fragile, you could hardly feel them at all other than slime. They were breaking up in my fingers. I was told that each set of gills has a heart, with the main heart close by – eat your hearts out Dr Who!
Emma holding part of the gladius
I held the gladius – it’s like a very thin, curved plastic ruler that goes through the mantle. It provides some support for the muscles but is nowhere as strong as our backbones. Its curve makes it stronger.
Emma touches the delicate gills
What I was really intrigued about was the eye-sockets. Ours are bone. Eyes are squishy and need that support – so I don’t know why I was surprised at how solid the cartilage felt – kind of like a glue gun stick before you melt it.
Emma holding part of the eye socket
Now I’m off to face my fears and let one of the scientists stick a sucker on my finger – ewwwwww
JUST DONE IT! I’ve been suckered by a sucker from the big colossal still defrosting (it fell off – honest!)
It reminded me of an eyeball that wouldn’t come off my palm – when you pull it off it makes a kissy noise. xxx