Posts tagged with tank

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 »

Squid – done and dusted!

Smile - it's the end of a long week working on the squid.

Breaking news from our squid fix-it team – the work is complete and we are on track to reopen the colossal squid exhibition to the public from tomorrow 21 March 2009. Yesterday Robert Clendon our Conservator and Hutch Wilco, one of our exhibition preparators finished the last few tweaks to the squid itself. They  managed to… 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 »

Men at work – fixing the squid

We’re working on the squid! Tuesday 10 March –  Thursday 19 March 2009 Level 2, free entry The colossal squid has been on display now for 3 months and it’s time for a bit of a makeover and a check-up. So from Tuesday 10  March we’ll be doing some work on the colossal squid and its… Read more »

All clear!

The bubbles are just about gone and the squid tank is all clear! You can now get a really good, clear view of this amazing specimen. Last night we had to close off the squid exhibition for a few hours, during our normal Thursday evening opening hours. The team took out about 600 litres of fluid from the tank, lowering… Read more »

Happy New Year! may it be bubble-free

It’s the seventh day into the New Year, 2009, and the colossal squid continues to attract a huge crowd of visitors every day. We just love how much you are loving it! We now have more than 23,000 wonderfully creative squid made on Build a Squid. More than 10,800 say they’re from the USA and there’s 6,000 squid from… 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 »

On being agile

To be successful in business they say you have to be agile – you need to be flexible and adaptable. Well, it’s just the same when you’re developing an exhibition. It’s a complex project with a huge team of people involved and jobs to get done – in the right order. So things don’t always go… Read more »

So long and thanks

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  • Bruce Marshall with the squid in the display tank
  • Sewing up cuts in the tail and mantle
  • Lowering the squid into the display tank

We’re about to wrap up here for another day. Rob’s not going to start adding in the glycol until tomorrow- you can find out more about that in Rob’s post. Steve will also do some more stitching. Then the lid will be put on the display tank and the preservation tank will be dismantled. The… Read more »