We’re moving the colossal squid out of formalin and into its new display tank. Webcam viewing will be available live on Wednesday 6 August starting 9am NZ time (USA: Tuesday 2pm to 5pm, UK: Tuesday 10pm), for one day only.
Check out the full programme on our website: http://www.tepapa.govt.nz/squid/
Preparations are underway for lifting the specimen out of the fixing tank. Te Papa staff Gary Dawson and Steven McStay built us a lifting frame to fit one of the whale lifting mats we have. Once we have drained the formalin, the tank will be refilled with water to rinse the specimen and allow us to position the squid on the mat. The fixing process will have made the tissues much firmer so we will be able to turn the specimen over – something we could not do before without the risk of seriously damaging it!