Posts categorized as Colossal squid

Imagine Childcare’s video conference with Te Papa

  • Colossal squid drawing 1, Photographer: Imagine Childcare Centre, © Imagine Childcare Centre
  • Colossal squid drawing 2, Photographer: Imagine Childcare Centre, © Imagine Childcare Centre
  • Colossal squid drawing 3, Photographer: Imagine Childcare Centre, © Imagine Childcare Centre
  • Colossal squid drawing 4, Photographer: Imagine Childcare Centre, © Imagine Childcare Centre

This blog provides an excellent opportunity not only for us to share with you, but  for you to share with each other. How do you use our museum as a learning resource? What do you find to be best practice? Why are museum and gallery experiences important for your tamariki? Our third story comes from Imagine Childcare Centre:… Read more »

Our Far South

  • Auckland Islands sign and NZ sea lion pup. Photo Anton van Helden. © Te Papa
  • Elephant Seal  Auckland Islands 1995. Photo Anton van Helden .© Te Papa
  • Auckland Islands sign and pup
  • Sandy Bay Enderby Is Auckland Islands 1995

Welcome to Our Far South. This coming Friday I will be standing on the dock at Bluff, looking south, and about to board a boat heading to the sub-Antarctic Islands and the great white continent itself as part of the Our Far South project (www.ourfarsouth.org). What will I see? We all know about Stewart Island… Read more »

Animal and plant collections

Te Papa’s Natural Environment team have revamped their webpages. You can access them here. Collection highlights online include: Big fish Medicinal ferns of the second Maori king Unique bird eggs and skeletons Colossal squid Plants collected during Captain Cook’s first expedition GV Hudson insect collection Nests of extinct birds The following links will take you… Read more »

Colossal squid on display gets check-up

  • Robert and Don examine the mantle of the colossal squid.
  • Don lifts the lid on the squid tank.
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  • The lid is lifted off the squid tank.

We can all do with a check-up every so often – just to ensure things are going ok and we’re not falling apart. Today our team took the lid off the colossal squid tank and started to drain out the preservation fluid so we can give the colossal squid a check-up. We last had the lid off… Read more »

Colossal squid – happy birthday ‘two’ you

Pamela's squid, now 2 years old!

It’s hard to believe but the colossal squid at Te Papa has turned “two”. Time flies when you’re having fun! Today my squid, “Pamela”, is 730 days old – she is 2 years old.  She now weighs an impressive 306 kilograms (about another 180 kilograms to go before she’s the same weight as the colossal… Read more »

Colossal squid at Te Papa turns one year old

Pamela's one year old squid

Hey squid fans Time flies when you’re having fun! The colossal squid at Te Papa has turned one year old. Now’s a good time to check out the squid you made on Build a Squid. http://squid.tepapa.govt.nz/build-a-squid See how old you’ve got, how much you weigh (eek) and what you’ve been getting up to. My squid is 368… Read more »

If I were a squid, how would I mate? Ask Isabella

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  • A Squidie embrace
  • Isabella Rossellini as a Squid
  • Isabella Rossellini as a squid

In a passionate 20-armed-embrace Isabella Rosselli would say. Clad in a squid suit, Isabella explains the mating habits of our cephalopod friends in her quirky, family-friendly Green Porno series of short movies on SunDance Channel.  I was amazed at how well she explains squid mating habits – they are quite strange and not really much… Read more »

Loch Ness Squid on Google Earth!

Image of Google Earth care of Geekologie.com

The blog-o-sphere is reeling today with supposed sightings of the Loch Ness Monster on Google Earth! Check it out – we wonder whether perhaps Nessie and our Colossal squid are related? Weird co-incidence number 2 is that during the squid defrost, some of the scientists nick-named our squid ‘Messie’ - after the scientific name Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni. For… Read more »

A new giant squid specimen!

Te papa's freezer - giant squid and other specimens awaiting processing.

A three-metre giant squid specimen washed up on a beach on Wellington’s South Coast yesterday (2nd April). In comparison with our colossal squid it’s a bit small, but because it’s small it’s interesting! Find out about the difference between Colossal and Giant squid. The squid was found in shallow water by Alana Spragg and her… Read more »

Squid – done and dusted!

Smile - it's the end of a long week working on the squid.

Breaking news from our squid fix-it team – the work is complete and we are on track to reopen the colossal squid exhibition to the public from tomorrow 21 March 2009. Yesterday Robert Clendon our Conservator and Hutch Wilco, one of our exhibition preparators finished the last few tweaks to the squid itself. They  managed to… Read more »