What’s happening with the colossal squid? Why haven’t we put it on display yet? Well the short answer is that good things take time – and money.
While the specimen is happily sitting in its storage tank, slowly preserving in the formalin, the squid team is planning for the next stage – how to put it on display at Te Papa.
There are a few things for us to consider – not least is how to build a tank to store it in that also lets visitors get a really good look at the specimen. We need quite a big tank to hold our 4.2 metre long colossal squid, weighing 495 kilograms.
And when you combine the weight of the squid, with the weight of the tank and the liquid, that’s quite a floor loading. So there are only a few places within the Te Papa building that we can put the tank and the squid in.
What are we going to tell you about the colossal squid? What would you like to see in the exhibition? These are all questions that we are now exploring as we develop the exhibition.
We’ll keep you posted through the blog on how we’re going, and give you a bit of an insight into the crazy world of exhibition development at Te Papa.
If you do have any questions for us, let us know!