Posts categorized as Colossal squid

On being agile

To be successful in business they say you have to be agile – you need to be flexible and adaptable. Well, it’s just the same when you’re developing an exhibition. It’s a complex project with a huge team of people involved and jobs to get done - in the right order. So things don’t always go… Read more »

Squeezing thru and settling in

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  • There she is underneath the plastic © Copyright Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008
  • Warren on the left, Tommy, right © Copyright Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008
  • Warren on the left, Tommy, right © Copyright Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008

We’re now in the museum, back of house. Usually the corridors are wide and spacious but this morning seemed a bit like the Tardis in reverse as we took the tank through – smaller. Part of the corridor involved not only a ramp down but a slight bend at the same time. The forklift at… Read more »

The Big Lift

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  • Nuthin but air © Copyright Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008
  • The tank inside the frame all good to go© Copyright Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008

I have to admit – there’s something special about about getting up at an ungodly hour to do something or see something out of the ordinary. Driving this morning through a beautifully still Wellington morning with no traffic is something out of the ordinary in itself So it was exciting to see all the big… Read more »

Flying Squid – she’s on the move!

Morning squidlings! Its ALL GO! Its 4am and we’re moving the colossal squid in her tank (minus most of the preservative liquid) from Te Papa’s building at the top of Tory St – down about the 5 blocks to our main building at the bottom of Cable St. KEEP COMING back to this blog –… Read more »

Shrinkage?

Preserved squid - shrunk to size!

Many people have asked us why the colossal squid specimen was so much smaller than anticipated when we thawed it. Initial reports suggested that the specimen was considerably larger than the final measurement of 4.2 metres in total length. We suspected that the specimen had shrunk (rather than the size being greatly exaggerated!). In order to… Read more »

A moving experience

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With less than a month to go until our squid meets her adoring fans, there is still much to be done behind the scenes, not least of which is trying to figure out the best way of getting a 2.5 tonne display tank – squid included – from its storage facility across town, to its… 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…

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…. 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 »