Posts tagged with Colossal squid

Squid Poem

Hi! My friend Mila replied to my post on Wednesday about what the squid felt like. Here she is: She has also since sent me a wonderful poem she wrote about the colossal squid: I love her picture of the squid – it rocks! cheers Emma – the squid toucher

Pygmy right whale

Things are never, ever dull at Te Papa! Next week we have another team of international scientists coming to examine a pygmy right whale specimen. This small whale (Caperea marginata) stranded on 13 May 2007 in the far north of New Zealand. > Follow the story of this examination blogged live Pygmy right whales are… Read more »

Murky water

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Several people have asked why the water went from a clean, clear, inviting bath to a rather horrible-looking soup over the course of the squid defrosting.    The answer is that a number of frozen fluids in the ice block were gradually released into the brine. The first unsalubrious additive was a yellow slurry of fish… Read more »

A great photo!

Murky water

Here it is – what I call the money shot – this was taken before they started the preservation process. Here’s a link to an explanation of the preservation process. http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/?s=formalin It is all quiet in the examination room – as the preservation process continues – it will take up to a month for the… Read more »

Recording of last few hours of SquidCam available!

We recorded (or at least tried ) to record the last few hours of SquidCam – a few people from the northern hemisphere asked because they’d be asleep. Well, as you know we’ve had a few issues but I think we have it! So for those who missed it, you can check it out: http://www.R2.co.nz/20080427/squid-1.asx I… Read more »

Great photos of our girl!

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I’ve finally managed to get hold of some shots! They were some of the last taken last night. This is the shot just before the wave to the world.! These guys were pretty amazed at how many people were watching. They also really enjoyed the interactions and answering questions. It really was a cool occasion!… Read more »

Webcast stopped – retransmission up

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The webcast is now over , and nothing more is going to happen in the tank. We have tried making the last hours available last night, but it did not work really right. The link is now working again, so for those who missed it, you can check it out: http://www.R2.co.nz/20080427/squid-1.asx And to continue our almost-but-not-quite-live… Read more »

Two blue whale hearts

Whale lab in the exhibition

Two blue whale hearts Enjoying the inside of the life-size model of a blue whale heart The model of the blue whale heart in the Whales|Tohorā exhibition is the actual size of a blue whale’s heart! That’s about the size of a small car… The heart model is one of the most popular parts of… Read more »