Posts written by emmabest

And now for something a little different…

I’m off to Feilding this Saturday and to be honest am quite excited about it – why? you ask Motoracing! But I’ll back the car up a bit and explain why I’m going: part of my job is to be visitor advocate, mostly in the exhibitions we create, but also online product such as mini-sites,… Read more »

How to keep tabs…

  • There it is! © Copyright Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008
  • Can you see the tag? © Copyright Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008
  • Ready for the squid . . . .
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Earlier this week, after Te Papa had closed, the staff in the exhibition preparation team took down all the creatures hanging from the ceiling (ranging from small diving petrels, to albatross, swordfish, sharks and seals). Most will be cleaned and rehung in a new configuration for the new colossal squid exhibit. So how do you… Read more »

It’s the Final COUNTDOWN…

© Copyright Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008

…. now I can’t get the song out of my head! For all you squid fans out there who’ve been waiting eagerly – and patiently for news on our beautiful colossal squid: It’s (just wait – I’m counting the days back in my diary…) 23 days ’til she goes on display here at Te Papa… Read more »

Roseneath’s dead Pygmy Sperm whale

Anton pointing down to the washed up dead whale.

So I’m at my desk when my cell rings – its Anton (you know – our Collection Manager Marine Mammals)… “Do you wanna see a dead whale?” Of course! So off I trot (nice and quicksmart in time with whatever’s playing on my MP3) – not even worrying about what the Wellington wind was doing… Read more »

Beautiful baleen


Morning! If you’ve managed to go to the Whales|Tohorā exhibition here at Te Papa then you’ll have come across the pieces of baleen. Some whales have teeth – others have baleen. Baleen sort of looks like bristley paintbrushes hanging down either side in a whale’s mouth. It acts like a big sieve or tea strainer…. Read more »

What are we looking for in the throat?


A blog from Bruce Reidenberg  The pygmy right whale – chin on. You can see first incisions. Dr. Joy Reidenberg has examined larynges (voice boxes) of many aquatic and terrestrial mammals.  There are unique adaptations of whales to life in the water.  One of these adaptations is the use of sound.  Whales tend to make… Read more »

Photo happy

Hi this is Anton blogging in on Emma’s blog. At the moment we are taking lots and lots of photos. Documenting animals in this way allows us to have landmarks on the outside of the animal that we can link to internal structures. So that we can build up a picture of how the insides… Read more »

Measure twice – cut once


Good morning! Everybody has gathered, its a little bit like an operating theatre (except cold!) with all the instruments on the table beside the dissection table. Knives are being sharpened:   Anton has sharpened 9 so far. Measurements have been taken: From tip of upper jaw to the deepest part of the fluke notch –… Read more »

Necro… what?


That got your attention! I’ve been learning some dissection terms. Autopsy is generally used in relation to humans and looks at cause of death. A necropsy usually refers to animals. It looks at how the animal’s body works as well as the possible cause of death. Here’s a picture of the pygmy right whale fresh… Read more »