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 »
Posts tagged with Colossal squid
After all this commotion, we are going to settle down a bit and give a series of lectures at Te Papa in Wellington. More visitor information> These lectures are taking place in our Soundings Theatre, Level 2, free entry. They will be retransmitted live to the Marae too (except for Science Express). 11am–12 noon: Kat… Read more »
These past few days have been completely international for us, with people coming from 188 countries to see our colossal squid! In order to acknowledge this huge involvement from the international community, we are currently preparing a retransmission of the last hours of our webcast. We don’t know the exact time it will be available,… Read more »
The Kraken Below the thunders of the upper deep, Far far beneath in the abysmal sea, His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee About his shadowy sides: above him swell Huge sponges of millennial growth and height; And far away into the sickly light, From many a wondrous grot and secret… Read more »
We just found the ovaries – the specimen is a girl! Here’s an image from the microscope video (x150) – showing a bunch of eggs….the ovaries are full of several thousands of eggs!
The specimen is thawed and we now have to add formalin to preserve it – as formalin is toxic the scientists have to wear full protective gear while pumping 600 litres into the tank. The smaller specimen is being preserved by injecting 3% formalin into the tissue. Once the formalin has been pumped into the… Read more »
The crew in the lab waved to acknowledge your phenomenal support!
The scientists are currently inserting an endoscope with hopes of finding out what this beastie’s last meal was.
As the scientists were attempting to move the colossal squid, it became apparent how gelatinous the tissue is. We want to keep the squid as intact as possible for display, so they are reassessing how to turn it successfully. Currently there are 6 people assisting – but it has been decided to leave the specimen… Read more »
The scientists are going to get into the tank and rotate the squid. They will finally see what sort of state the squid is in.