Hi Mark here,
Steve and I just made some water wings just in case the students fall over in the tank!
Not! Actually to give the mantle some cosmetic shape. If you have seen the shots of the squid next to the ship you will know that she is now really a deflated version of her former self. We will place some specially shaped bags into the mantle and inflate them with water and hopefully this will give her some shape!
This will also give Steve and Mark an opportunity to check the damage to the specimen and determine how much stitching will be needed. We are quite pleased how well the tissue has fixed, and it looks as though it will hold together with minimum sewing. Any sewing will be with linen thread