Posts tagged with Conservator

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 »

Disappearing hooks, or not?

Close up view of the amazing rotating hooks on a freshly thawed colossal squid

More news from the squid tank. This morning I caught up with Robert Clendon the conservator who is looking after the work on the squid. Over the past few weeks we’ve been a bit concerned about the hooks on the tentacles and the arms. It looked as though the hooks could be disappearing. Not something we wanted… 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 »

Bubbles in the system

There are bubbles in the colossal squid tank!!! It’s not what we intended and we know that they may be interfering with your view of our big squid. So why are the bubbles there and why can’t we get rid of them? It’s not that easy to answer – you have to know a bit… Read more »