More about squid, now online!

The Te Papa blog is growing and diversifying and it’s all good.  It reflects the range of collections and expertise in the museum which span art, history, science, plants, animals, fossils, taonga Maori, and the Pacific.  

Check out the recent art blog posts, along with posts on spiders, plants and even fossil tuatara.

Among world museums the interdisciplinary nature of Te Papa’s collections makes us unique – it gives us great strengths, and also some challenges.

For squid fans out there I just wanted to let you know that the colossal squid interactives are now ALL available online through the squid website.  

You can now explore the insides and outside of the big squid from the comfort of your own computer. 

Check out the jaw-dropping footage of the live colossal squid being hauled up onto the San Aspiring fishing boat from the depths of the Southern Ocean in The Squid Files interactive. 

And if you want to find out about life in the dark depths of the Southern Ocean where the colossal squid lives you can have a go with The Deep interactive.

Build a Squid is still going strong – we’ve got about 42,000 squid as of today!

If you’ve played the squid interactives in the exhibition at Te Papa or online and you’ve got a favourite one, tell us!

Or if you’ve got another  computer interactive at Te Papa that you really like then let us know.

8 Responses

  1. Darcy Schack

    Now that is the coolest thing ever. Kinda gotta be like hanging spaghetti in the tank though. I think it would be hard as to get it in the tank and set up properly. I would love to see it in person…

  2. Mark F

    pamelalovis Says:

    26 February 2009 at 11:56 am

    Thanks Mark – nice to know you are following us still, and not too caught up in the mussels…..


    It is good to know there is still interest Pamela, I just have to discover the giant FW mussel now!


  3. Mark F

    Hi Jordan

    If you follow the whole story through you will find out that the “catch” was by accident and a very rare thing. It would be great to tag a Colossal but pretty expensive!

    • pamelalovis

      Thanks Mark – nice to know you are following us still, and not too caught up in the mussels…..


  4. Jordan

    I know that it is good for scientific research and advancement, but hauling up and killing a creature like that is sad…I wonder how long it took for that squid to grow that large, and also how rare giant squids like that may be.
    The next squids they find should be tagged so they can follow the progress of the swquid, not killed.

    • pamelalovis

      Hi Jordan
      Thanks for your email. This colossal squid was hanging on to a toothfish when it was brought up on the end of a fishing longline. It would have been at a depth of 800 metres or so and so it is very unlikely that the squid would have survived after being brought up to the surface from this depth.

      It could be that in the future scientists are able to find and tag a colossal squid and then able to study it in more detail. We do know that there are quite a few colossal squid in the Ross Sea. But it’s all a matter of people being able to study them in the short Antarctic summer and to locate them at the depths they live at – not an easy thing to do!

      The amount of info and understanding generated from being able to study this one colossal squid specimen will hopefully contribute to the survival of the species in the longterm.


  5. rebecca

    could you guys post some pics of the squid in her (his?) display tank?? i’ve yet to see the finished product and i’d really like to… or if its been posted already and i missed it, could you point me in the right direction?
    i’m from Dallas Texas USA… and with three kids.. i’ll probably never make it to New Zealand…
    thank you!!

    • pamelalovis

      Hi Rebecca
      Sorry not to have replied sooner. There are a couple of pics of the squid in the tank on the colossal squid website.

      We are going to be making some updates and additions to the squid website very soon. I’m hoping to put up more pics of the exhibition and the squid in her display tank. You will also be able to see a 2D version of the wonderful animation we made of the squid showing what we think it looks like swimming and feeding down in the depths of the Ross Sea.

      I wish you could get to NZ from Dallas to see it all for yourself!. Thanks for your interest.

      Best wishes

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