Robert Clendon, Conservator Objects, talks about looking after the colossal squid specimen and preparing it for display.
- Storing the colossal squid in a tank of glycol
- Assessing damage caused to the squid when it was caught
- Supporting the arms and tentacles — a new use for plastic wrap
Mark Kent, Mountmaker Object Support, talks about the technical challenges and creative solutions displaying the colossal squid.
- The first time a colossal squid is mounted for display
- Supporting the mantle and fin
- Supporting the mantle with buoyancy aids
- Supporting the arms and tentacles to animate the squid
- Acrylic mount for the arms and tentacles
Hutch Wilco, Exhibition Preparator, talks about installing the colossal squid in the Mountains to Sea exhibition.
Chris Paulin, Natural Environment Projects Officer, was in charge of the project to thaw and examine the colossal squid. He talks about the smaller colossal squid, caught in February 2008, which was dissected and is now stored in a tank in Te Papa's collection.
- The smaller, dissected colossal squid specimen in storage
- Getting up close to the smaller colossal squid's arms and tentacles
Moving the colossal squid into its display tank
The colossal squid was kept in a tank of formalin for three months to preserve it. In August 2008 it was carefully moved into the specially built display tank. Watch this timelapse of the team moving the squid from one tank to another using a sling.