If you’re watching Squid Cam you’ll notice people have headed off for some lunch. Rob seems to be busy though sorting out the glycol and getting it all ready to put into the new display tank.
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Hi Mark here, just thought you might like to know how our squid feels after three months in the fixing solution. To my touch the arms are now firm and don’t “give” in the way they did when we first defrosted her. The mantle however still has a covering of the jelly like substance that… Read more »
Mark and Steve are begining to move the squid into position and slide it into the lifting cradle (from the grave into the cradle?) assisted by some of Steve O’Shea’s students from AUT. We’ll trial the lifting equipment, but will not do the actual lift until after lunch. The Squid weighs about 495kgs so it’s… Read more »
If you’ve been watching for a while and getting slightly confused about what’s going on, we have a film crew here getting footage for the documentary. In order to get the shots they want, we are doing a few things in reverse, or twice. The tank lid was replaced, then removed for the filming. Let… Read more »
This morning’s main activity is to turn the Colossal Squid over. We did think we may not be able to turn it without damaging it. But it seems to have turned over easier than we thought. This is the first time the guys have seen this side of the squid. And it seems there is… Read more »
Anton Van Helden driving the forklift to get the tank into the autopsy room – 3185 – © Copyright Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008 After a couple of hours of waiting the tank has finally arrived – brought down from Palmerston North on a trailer. The plan is to get it into… Read more »
The link to the webcam is now running: http://www.r2.co.nz/20080805 The display tank should be arriving between 4.30 and 5 pm. (The large blue sling is currently hanging over the tank) . . .
The formalin has been pumped out of the tank and the squid will be rinsed in fresh water before the lift on Wednesday. The specimen looks to be in good condition (considering!). The sucker rings and hooks are intact, so the buffering of the formalin solution worked well. The rip in the mantle is larger… Read more »
Specimens in museum collections are usually preserved in a 70 per cent aqueous solution of ethyl alcohol or in a 2-4 per cent solution of formaldehyde (5-10 per cent formalin). The great disadvantages of ethyl alcohol are that it is flammable, it volatilizes very readily, it tends to produce precipitates from sea-water, and it causes… Read more »
Squidcam’s back! We’re moving the colossal squid out of formalin and into its new display tank. Webcam viewing will be available live on Wednesday 6 August starting 9am NZ time (USA: Tuesday 2pm to 5pm, UK: Tuesday 10pm), for one day only. Check out the full programme on our website: http://www.tepapa.govt.nz/squid/ Preparations are underway for… Read more »