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Sunday, April 6, 2008

The Colossal Squid Workshop

The colossal squid after
it was caught in 2007.

On May 1st and 2nd in Wellington, New Zealand, there will be a workshop on the examination of a 495kg (1100 lb) colossal squid (Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni) that has been on ice for a year. The examination will be accompanied by lectures by Peter Batson, Kat Bolstad, Tsunemi Kubodera, and Steve O'Shea (potentially more). The lectures will be free.

For all of us not in New Zealand, there is a possibility of a webcast of at least the examination, if there is enough interest. If you are interested, please leave a reply to the original announcement at TONMO forums (free registration required to post a comment) or send an email to chris -at- tepapa  -dot- govt -dot- nz.  I'm really hoping that the response will be strong - I need something really intersting and cool to distract me from studying for finals!

More information should be coming up on the Te Papa museum website soon.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this post :)
    The webcast is now confirmed. It will start on Sunday 27 morning, when the colossal squid is taken out of the freezer, and will last till the end of the dissection on Wednesday 30 evening.
    It will be available from this address:
    More information is also posted on our blog:

    Thanks again for your support!


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