Posts tagged with display

Hooks & suckers

  • Non-swivelling arm hooks
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  • Swivelling tentacle club hooks
  • Non-swivelling arm hooks

The hooks seem to grab everyone’s attention, so here’s an update Other squid families have hooks on the arms, or the tentacles, or both, but the colossal squid is the only hooked squid in its family (the Cranchiidae, about 20 species). It possesses hooks on each of the eight arms, and also on the club… Read more »

Getting tanked

Getting the colossal squid onto display isn’t just a simple matter of building a tank and moving it into the gallery! First of all we have to plan a few details – for example, because of the size of the tank and the amount of liquid it will contain, it will weigh over five tonnes,… Read more »

Does my mantle look big in this?

How many colossal squid specimens are there in the world? And how many of these are on display? How good do they look? The answer to the first question is probably four, and the answer to the next question, is none – at the moment. The display of Te Papa’s colossal squid specimen is going to… Read more »

Colossal squid – what’s happening?

What’s happening with the colossal squid? Why haven’t we put it on display yet? Well the short answer is that good things take time – and money. While the specimen is happily sitting in its storage tank, slowly preserving in the formalin, the squid team is planning for the next stage – how to put… Read more »

Bringing the colossal squid back to life…


Despite what you may have heard on the radio as you drove to work today, we don’t expect the defrosted colossal squid to spring back to life and start eating people.  But we do plan to bring it back to life in a different way – using computer modeling. Among those present at Te Papa… Read more »