Posts categorized as Colossal squid

Australian giant squid dissection available online


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 The squid which was accidentally caught in a fishing trawl off western Victoria, weighs around 245… Read more »

Hooks & suckers

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The hooks seem to grab everyone’s attention, so here’s an update Other squid families have hooks on the arms, or the tentacles, or both, but the colossal squid is the only hooked squid in its family (the Cranchiidae, about 20 species). It possesses hooks on each of the eight arms, and also on the club… Read more »

Getting tanked

Getting the colossal squid onto display isn’t just a simple matter of building a tank and moving it into the gallery! First of all we have to plan a few details – for example, because of the size of the tank and the amount of liquid it will contain, it will weigh over five tonnes,… Read more »

Does my mantle look big in this?

How many colossal squid specimens are there in the world? And how many of these are on display? How good do they look? The answer to the first question is probably four, and the answer to the next question, is none – at the moment. The display of Te Papa’s colossal squid specimen is going to… Read more »

Colossal squid – what’s happening?

What’s happening with the colossal squid? Why haven’t we put it on display yet? Well the short answer is that good things take time – and money. While the specimen is happily sitting in its storage tank, slowly preserving in the formalin, the squid team is planning for the next stage – how to put… Read more »

Lectures available

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Two of the lectures from the Te Papa squid lecture series are now available online: Dr Steve O’Shea Squid: Small, Giant, and Colossal Dr Eric Warrant and Dr Dan-Eric Nilsson: The Weird and Wonderful Eyes of Animals Who Live in the Dark and the Deep Sea     We will unfortunately not be… Read more »

Some more pictures of the Colossal Squid

Steve O'Shea, Tsunemi Kubodera injecting formalin

You can see a whole lot more photos of the squid in our Picture Library on the Te Papa website. These photos were taken by one of Te Papa’s photographers, Norman Heke. He was there the whole time taking some beautiful shots. We’ve put over 70 photos up online but there are loads more than… Read more »

The fix is in


Here we are adding formalin to the storage tank to bring the concentration up to 5%. The formalin is then buffered to stop any acidity corroding the hooks of the specimen. A plastic liner is placed over the top of the tank before the wooden lid is replaced. Finally the pH (acidity) is checked –… Read more »

First recording and edited videos


First recording The Science Express evening with Steve O’Shea has been recorded (audio only) and is now available at this address: Media no longer available > More about Science Express and recordings of the previous sessions Media no longer available The other lectures have been filmed and will be available in the middle of next week,… Read more »