Posts tagged with Colossal squid

Colossal squid on display gets check-up

  • Robert and Don examine the mantle of the colossal squid.
  • Don lifts the lid on the squid tank.
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  • The lid is lifted off the squid tank.

We can all do with a check-up every so often – just to ensure things are going ok and we’re not falling apart. Today our team took the lid off the colossal squid tank and started to drain out the preservation fluid so we can give the colossal squid a check-up. We last had the lid off… Read more »

Colossal squid – happy birthday ‘two’ you

Pamela's squid, now 2 years old!

It’s hard to believe but the colossal squid at Te Papa has turned “two”. Time flies when you’re having fun! Today my squid, “Pamela”, is 730 days old – she is 2 years old.  She now weighs an impressive 306 kilograms (about another 180 kilograms to go before she’s the same weight as the colossal… Read more »

Colossal squid at Te Papa turns one year old

Pamela's one year old squid

Hey squid fans Time flies when you’re having fun! The colossal squid at Te Papa has turned one year old. Now’s a good time to check out the squid you made on Build a Squid. http://squid.tepapa.govt.nz/build-a-squid See how old you’ve got, how much you weigh (eek) and what you’ve been getting up to. My squid is 368… Read more »

Taking a fresh look

Seb Chan and Nina Simon pointing the way for Te Papa

Last week was one hectic “digital” week at Te Papa. We were involved in NDF, Culturemondo, a workshop with Seb Chan (Powerhouse Museum) and Nina Simon, and then a seminar with Nina on the marae, arranged by National Services Te Paerangi. The week started with the National Digital Forum Conference – around 300 people from NZ museums, libraries and… Read more »

Loch Ness Squid on Google Earth!

Image of Google Earth care of Geekologie.com

The blog-o-sphere is reeling today with supposed sightings of the Loch Ness Monster on Google Earth! Check it out – we wonder whether perhaps Nessie and our Colossal squid are related? Weird co-incidence number 2 is that during the squid defrost, some of the scientists nick-named our squid ‘Messie’ - after the scientific name Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni. For… Read more »

A new giant squid specimen!

Te papa's freezer - giant squid and other specimens awaiting processing.

A three-metre giant squid specimen washed up on a beach on Wellington’s South Coast yesterday (2nd April). In comparison with our colossal squid it’s a bit small, but because it’s small it’s interesting! Find out about the difference between Colossal and Giant squid. The squid was found in shallow water by Alana Spragg and her… Read more »

Squid – done and dusted!

Smile - it's the end of a long week working on the squid.

Breaking news from our squid fix-it team – the work is complete and we are on track to reopen the colossal squid exhibition to the public from tomorrow 21 March 2009. Yesterday Robert Clendon our Conservator and Hutch Wilco, one of our exhibition preparators finished the last few tweaks to the squid itself. They  managed to… Read more »

Good news from the squid inspection

  • The squid tank with the display ends removed and most of the liquid drained off.
  • The colossal squid covered in plastic in the tank.
  • The colossal squid covered in plastic in the tank, with the lid off.
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On Tuesday we started remedial work on the colossal squid and her tank. Things are going very well and to schedule. Yesterday we put up the barriers around the tank and lifted up the huge lid, using a forklift. We then drained most of the liquid out of the tank. That’s not as simple a… Read more »

Men at work – fixing the squid

We’re working on the squid! Tuesday 10 March -  Thursday 19 March 2009 Level 2, free entry The colossal squid has been on display now for 3 months and it’s time for a bit of a makeover and a check-up. So from Tuesday 10  March we’ll be doing some work on the colossal squid and its… Read more »