Posts tagged with 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

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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 »

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 »

How to keep tabs…

  • There it is! © Copyright Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008
  • Can you see the tag? © Copyright Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008
  • Ready for the squid . . . .
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Earlier this week, after Te Papa had closed, the staff in the exhibition preparation team took down all the creatures hanging from the ceiling (ranging from small diving petrels, to albatross, swordfish, sharks and seals). Most will be cleaned and rehung in a new configuration for the new colossal squid exhibit. So how do you… Read more »

It’s the Final COUNTDOWN…

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…. now I can’t get the song out of my head! For all you squid fans out there who’ve been waiting eagerly – and patiently for news on our beautiful colossal squid: It’s (just wait – I’m counting the days back in my diary…) 23 days ’til she goes on display here at Te Papa… Read more »

So long and thanks

  • Here's looking at you
  • Bruce Marshall with the squid in the display tank
  • Sewing up cuts in the tail and mantle
  • Lowering the squid into the display tank

We’re about to wrap up here for another day. Rob’s not going to start adding in the glycol until tomorrow- you can find out more about that in Rob’s post. Steve will also do some more stitching. Then the lid will be put on the display tank and the preservation tank will be dismantled. The… Read more »

Long term storage solution – glycol

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Hi, it’s Robert Clendon, Conservator at Te Papa. After all the sewing up, we need to prepare the Squid for long term display. This involves draining the water that it’s sitting in at the moment. This will remove any residual formalin that is not bound up into the animal. That is fixed in with its… Read more »

Lift

The cradle is going to be lifted out of the preserving tank and left to drain for a few minutes. Then the cradle will be manoeuvred over to the new display tank using the two hoists. The cradle will be lowered into the tank and removed. At first we thought we’d leave it in the… Read more »