Displaying the colossal squid

Robert Clendon, Conservator Objects, talks about looking after the colossal squid specimen and preparing it for display.

Mark Kent, Mountmaker Object Support, talks about the technical challenges and creative solutions displaying the colossal squid.

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.

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.

Robert Clendon, storing the colossal squid in a tank of glycol
Robert Clendon, assessing damage caused to the squid when it was caught
Robert Clendon, supporting the arms and tentacles — a new use for plastic wrap
Mark Kent, the first time a colossal squid is mounted for display
Mark Kent, supporting the mantle and fin
Mark Kent, supporting the mantle with buoyancy aids
Mark Kent, supporting the arms and tentacles to animate the squid
Mark Kent, acrylic mount for the arms and tentacles
Hutch Wilco, preparing the exhibition space
Hutch Wilco, hanging the mako shark and killer whale models
Chris Paulin,the smaller, dissected colossal squid specimen in storage at Te Papa
Chris Paulin, getting up close to the colossal squid's arms and tentacles. Check out those rotating hooks!
Timelapse video – moving the colossal squid to its display tank