Posts tagged with tank

Long term storage solution – glycol

Ethyline glycol © Copyright Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008

Hi, it’s Robert Clendon, Conservator at Te Papa. After all the sewing up, we need to prepare the Squid for long term display. This involves draining the water that it’s sitting in at the moment. This will remove any residual formalin that is not bound up into the animal. That is fixed in with its… Read more »

Lift

The cradle is going to be lifted out of the preserving tank and left to drain for a few minutes. Then the cradle will be manoeuvred over to the new display tank using the two hoists. The cradle will be lowered into the tank and removed. At first we thought we’d leave it in the… Read more »

Into the cradle

The team move the squid into the cradle, © Copyright Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008

Mark and Steve are begining to move the squid into position and slide it into the lifting cradle (from the grave into the cradle?) assisted by some of Steve O’Shea’s students from AUT.  We’ll trial the lifting equipment, but will not do the actual lift until after lunch. The Squid weighs about 495kgs so it’s… Read more »

Continuity

Steve O'Shea, Mark Fenwick and others getting ready to go into the tank © Copyright Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008

If you’ve been watching for a while and getting slightly confused about what’s going on, we have a film crew here getting footage for the documentary. In order to get the shots they want, we are doing a few things in reverse, or twice. The tank lid was replaced, then removed for the filming. Let… Read more »

The plan for the day

  • Mark Fenwick and Steve O'Shea turn the squid over
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  • Mark Fenwick and Steve O'Shea turning the squid over © Copyright Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008

This morning’s main activity is to turn the Colossal Squid over. We did think we may not be able to turn it without damaging it. But it seems to have turned over easier than we thought. This is the first time the guys have seen this side of the squid. And it seems there is… Read more »

The tank has arrived!

  • Planning angles: NHNZ film crew © Copyright Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008
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  • Anton Van Helden driving the forklift to get the tank into the autopsy room© Copyright Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008
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Anton Van Helden driving the forklift to get the tank into the autopsy room – 3185 – © Copyright Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008 After a couple of hours of waiting the tank has finally arrived – brought down from Palmerston North on a trailer. The plan is to get it into… Read more »

Squidcam’s back!

Mark Fenwick with the lifting cradle

Squidcam’s back! We’re moving the colossal squid out of formalin and into its new display tank. Webcam viewing will be available live on Wednesday 6 August starting 9am NZ time (USA: Tuesday 2pm to 5pm, UK: Tuesday 10pm), for one day only. Check out the full programme on our website: http://www.tepapa.govt.nz/squid/ Preparations are underway for… Read more »

Moving day!

proposed tank design from Caldwell Engineers

Construction of the new colossal squid display tank is almost complete, and we hope to transfer the squid into it on Wednesday 6th August. The design of a tank to safely store and display the specimen has presented Te Papa with a considerable challenge and we have been assisted by Wellman Associates Ltd in Hawera… 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 »