Posts tagged with Giant squid

A new giant squid specimen!

Te papa's freezer - giant squid and other specimens awaiting processing.

A three-metre giant squid specimen washed up on a beach on Wellington’s South Coast yesterday (2nd April). In comparison with our colossal squid it’s a bit small, but because it’s small it’s interesting! Find out about the difference between Colossal and Giant squid. The squid was found in shallow water by Alana Spragg and her… Read more »

Colossal best wishes for the holidays from the squid

Kia ora koutou It’s Christmas time at Te Papa and the team behind the colossal squid exhibition wishes squid fans everywhere  a happy and safe time over the holidays. It’s been a colossal year in many ways – and we’ve finished it by bringing to you the only display in the world of a colossal… Read more »

Lectures available

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Two of the lectures from the Te Papa squid lecture series are now available online: Dr Steve O’Shea Squid: Small, Giant, and Colossal Dr Eric Warrant and Dr Dan-Eric Nilsson: The Weird and Wonderful Eyes of Animals Who Live in the Dark and the Deep Sea     We will unfortunately not be… Read more »

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 »

What’s the smell like?

A couple of people have asked what the smell is like in here – figuring it must smell pretty bad. Surprisingly the smell is not bad at all. It smells a bit like a clean fish shop. You know there are fishy specimens about but it is a fresh smell. The speicmens have all been… Read more »

Dissection of giant squid

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The dissection of the giant squid  – Steve O’Shea and Tsunemi Kubodera using the endoscope to examine the stomach to see if there are any contents before the specimen is cut open. This is the gill – we are injecting ink into the blood vessels to show them more clearly: Nidamental gland (arrow): This specimen… Read more »

Beak size

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While the large colossal squid thaws the scientists are continuing their examination of the other ‘smaller’ colossal and the giant squid.  Dr Kubodera with the beak of the giant squid: By measuring beak size of these specimens, we can calculate the size of other specimens of beaks found in the stomachs of sperm whales –… Read more »

Audio on SquidCam

Thanks for all the comments about audio. Sorry we didn’t have it straight away. In response to all the comments we have arranged for audio in the examination room. It won’t be on 24/7 but we will try to make sure it’s there to help you keep track of what’s going on. Note we’ve switched it… Read more »

Colossal squid out of the freezer

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3.30 pm: the squid is now sitting in the thawing tank while we remove the tarpaulin and ropes around it. It will now be left overnight to thaw slowly. To keep the temperature even we will place the lid on the tank overnight, so there will not be a lot to see until tomorrow morning…. Read more »

Squid brain!


The scientists are all gathered around to look at the beak and brain – the maximum weight of the brain is 22 grams and surrounds the oesophagus. The oesophagus is 11 mm in diametre, therefore everything it eats has to be chopped into tiny pieces as it has to pass through the brain!    … Read more »