Posts categorized as Colossal squid

Into the cradle

The team move the squid into the cradle, © Copyright Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008

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 »

Continuity

Steve O'Shea, Mark Fenwick and others getting ready to go into the tank © Copyright Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008

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 »

The plan for the day

  • Mark Fenwick and Steve O'Shea turn the squid over
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  • Mark Fenwick and Steve O'Shea turning the squid over © Copyright Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008

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 »

The tank has arrived!

  • Planning angles: NHNZ film crew © Copyright Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008
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  • Anton Van Helden driving the forklift to get the tank into the autopsy room© Copyright Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008
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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 »

Formalin disposal

Preparing the pump

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 »

Preservatives

Glycol experiment - squid

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!

Mark Fenwick with the lifting cradle

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 »

Moving day!

proposed tank design from Caldwell Engineers

Construction of the new colossal squid display tank is almost complete, and we hope to transfer the squid into it on Wednesday 6th August. The design of a tank to safely store and display the specimen has presented Te Papa with a considerable challenge and we have been assisted by Wellman Associates Ltd in Hawera… Read more »

Australian giant squid dissection available online

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On Thursday 17th of July, Melbourne Museum (Victoria, Australia), held its first ever public dissection by museum scientists of a giant squid.   The dissection  was performed in the Science and Life Gallery and the dissection was streamed live. A recording can be viewed here  http://museumvictoria.com.au/About/MV-News/2008/Giant-squid-public-dissection-at-Melbourne-Museum/ The squid which was accidentally caught in a fishing trawl off western Victoria, weighs around 245… Read more »