Squidcam’s back!

Squidcam’s back!

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/

Mark Fenwick with the lifting cradle

Mark Fenwick with the lifting cradle - 3168 - © Copyright Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008

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!

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  2. Helen

    Oh no, more jetlag without leaving home, I wish I didn’t live in the northern hemisphere right now. Thank you so much for the updates and I will be there with you all (till I fall asleep!)


  3. tepapamuseum

    Cool to see you think it’s a buzz too – we’re really excited here!

    We’re still finalising the HD broadcast – a total first for us! We’ll either have the link on the low def webcast page or off our main website. Not sure. I’ll also try to get Richard Naylor, R2.co.nz, who is helping us with the filming to blog it.

    Lucy in IT

  4. spqr

    Thank you for your comment and for the link to your site.

  5. Mark (Smivs) Smitheman

    Great news about the squidcam…really looking forward to it although it will mean a ‘late night’ for us Brits.
    I’ll try to catch the trial HD webcast, too.
    Will the URL be posted on the Blog?
    All the best for the Big Day!

  6. Kirsten Haupt

    Thanks for the alert! You’re not only doing amazing research – you’re also great in sharing with all of us who are insterested in what you’re doing. Big thank you!

  7. chrispaulin

    the webcam will be available from 9 am wednesday 6th (nz time), however, there will be some trial broadcasts in high definition from tuesday – we would appreciate any feedback on this !

  8. rebecca

    so cool! i hope i can catch it!

  9. Skye Marsh

    Yay!! I became really attatched to her?? during the defrosting. Looking forward to seeing the next stages of your research!!

  10. Jean McKinnon

    Exciting, looking forward to seeing it! J


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