It takes a forklift, a hosepipe and several dedicated scientists to get the colossal squid from the freezer to the tank.
Scientists from Te Papa and Auckland University of Technology have assembled at Te Papa to begin defrosting the colossal squid.
As the squid is such a large animal, it’s anticipated that it will take over 24 hours to defrost. To help the defrosting process the squid is sitting in a large tank of water, with continual cold water running over it. The outside of the squid defrosts faster than the inside, so the cold water keeps it at an even temperature.
Scientists have begun taking samples from the specimen, including DNA. This will be stored so that scientists in the future, from Te Papa and across the world, can access the DNA for their research.
Watch live online tomorrow – 16 September – as scientists from Te Papa and Auckland University of Technology carry out their examination and research. Our presenter will be Veronika Meduna, from Radio New Zealand’s Our Changing World.
Watch on YouTube, or watch below.
If you have questions for our squid scientists, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll answer your questions during the live show.
For regular updates and the latest on the colossal squid, follow:
- Colossal squid blogs
- Twitter #squidwatch #sciencelivetepapa
- Instagram #squidwatch #sciencelivetepapa
Visit Te Papa’s colossal squid website to find out more about this species.
We’re running a special part of the live-stream just for schools. From 11.30–12 on 16 Sep, we’ll be answering questions from classrooms across New Zealand. To join in and get your class’s question answered, email: