Posts categorized as Colossal squid

2 days left to opening…

Almost there and I was rapt to get the finalised event programme for this weekend’s opening. Our events team have done an amazing job – balancing hard science with fun, informative events for all. Dr Steve O’Shea is back in the house talking about the importance of our specimen to the science world with TV3’s fishing… Read more »

Colossal Squid versus Toothfish

John Bennetts' Captain's Blog

Check out John Bennet’s Captain’s Blog to see the damage that colossal squid do to toothfish! Watch out if you’re sqeamish – it’s pretty disturbing stuff! While fishing for toothfish off Antartica, the crew often see evidence of the struggle between these two species. Sometimes toothfish have gaping holes from being nibbled by the colossal… Read more »

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

  • © Copyright Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008
  • 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

  • Loading up the truck © Copyright Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008
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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 »