Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search

 


Te Papa Gets Largest Ever Squid Specimen

14 March 2007

MEDIA RELEASE

Te Papa Takes Ownership Of Largest Ever Colossal Squid Specimen

Mark Fenwick, technician, and Rick Webber (left), marine invertebrates curator in Te Papa's Tory St research facility. Photo is copyright of Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

*******

A colossal squid, believed to be the first adult male specimen to be landed, was delivered to Te Papa yesterday. Unfrozen, the specimen is thought to weigh approximately 450kg and measure 10metres in length.

The squid is currently stored in a walk-in freezer in Te Papa’s Tory St research facility. When it was initially stored it filled about two thirds of a 1.5m2 bin that has a 1200 litre capacity.

The colossal squid was caught by a New Zealand fishing vessel, owned by Sanford Ltd, in the Ross Sea in early February. It was carefully brought on board the vessel and frozen in the ship’s hold. Prior to its transfer to Te Papa, it was stored in Sanford’s Timaru depot.

Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton said the colossal squid will be a great source of interest to science and the people of New Zealand. “I applaud the careful work of the Sanford crew and the Ministry of Fisheries observer that delivered this fantastic creature in such good condition. As I said at the time of the find, the excellent co-operation between Te Papa, the Observer Programme, and the New Zealand fishing industry has made this once in a lifetime opportunity an exciting reality," Jim Anderton said.

Dr Seddon Bennington, Chief Executive of Te Papa, and Jim Anderton will sign a Deed of Gift in a ceremony on Tuesday 20 March at Te Papa’s Tory St research facility at 3.45pm. The signing will take place in front of the frozen squid specimen and media are welcome to attend.

"A far more detailed examination of colossal squid anatomy and proportions, including male anatomy and morphology, can now be undertaken. While few giant or colossal squids are caught with stomach contents, we are hoping there is some indication of what it has been eating," said Rick Webber, Te Papa’s marine vertebrates curator.

Mr Webber noted it is unlikely that the specimen will be unfrozen for several months as the research facility is currently undergoing renovations and a special tank will need to be designed and built to house the colossal squid.

Only a handful of colossal squid have been sighted. One was caught in the net of a Russian trawler in the Ross Sea at depth of 760m in 1981, another found near the surface in 2003, and another near South Georgia Island was brought up from a depth of 1625 metres on a toothfish longline in 2005.

Te Papa also holds a young female colossal squid specimen found in 2003, measuring 5.4 metres long – the largest recorded specimen at that time.

Colossal squid are found in Antarctic waters and are not related to giant squid (Architeuthis species) found around the coast of New Zealand. A key difference is the sharp swivelling hooks the colossal squid has in the suckers at the tips of its tentacles, suggesting it is an aggressive hunter. The giant squid has suckers lined with small teeth.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

BusinessDesk: APN's NZME Sees Future In Paywalls, Growth In Digital Sales

APN News & Media has touted a single newsroom concept for its NZME unit in New Zealand, similar to what Germany's Die Welt uses, saying an 'integrated sales proposition' is helping it win market share, including ... More>>

Labour Party: Global Milk Prices Now Lowest In 6 Years

The latest fall in the global dairy price has brought it to the lowest level in six years and shows there must be meaningful action in tomorrow’s Budget to diversify the economy, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Dairy prices ... More>>

BusinessDesk: NZ Inflation Expectations Creep Higher In June Survey

May 19 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand businesses lifted their expectations for inflation over the next two years, sapping any immediate pressure on the Reserve Bank to cut interest rates, and prompting the kiwi dollar to jump higher. More>>

BusinessDesk: Lower Fuel Costs Drive Down NZ Producer Input, Output Prices

May 19 - Producer input and output prices fell in the first quarter, mainly reflecting lower fuel costs and weakness in prices of meat and dairy products. More>>

Media: Fairfax Media NZ Announces Senior Editorial Team

Fairfax Media New Zealand has today confirmed its new editorial leadership team, as part of a transformation of its newsrooms aimed at enhancing local and national journalism across digital and print. More>>

Science: Flavonoids Reduce Cold And Cough Risk

Flavonoids reduce cold and cough risk Research from the University of Auckland shows eating flavonoids – found in green tea, apples, blueberries, cocoa, red wine and onions – can significantly reduce the risk of catching colds and coughs. The research, ... More>>


BusinessDesk: RBNZ House Alert Speech The Catalyst For Government Action

Prime Minister John Key all but conceded that pressure from the Reserve Bank of New Zealand for concerted action on rampant Auckland house prices was one of the main catalysts for the government's weekend announcements about tightly ... More>>

BusinessDesk: How To Fall Foul Of The New Housing Tax Rules: Tips From IRD

Just because you rented out your investment property doesn't absolve you from paying tax, says the Inland Revenue Department in a summary of commonly made mistakes by non-professional property investors when it comes to their tax liability.More>>

Legal: Superdiversity Law, Policy And Business Stocktake Announced

Mai Chen, Managing Partner at Chen Palmer New Zealand Public and Employment Law Specialists and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Auckland, today announced the establishment ... More>>

Housing: More House Price Gains Expected

House price expectations remain high, with a net 56% of respondents expecting house prices will increase. Fears of higher interest rates are fading, consistent with the RBNZ’s signals this year. Affordability and a lack of houses for ... More>>

TDDA: State-Of-The-Art Drug Testing Laboratory To Open In Auckland

World leading drug testing agencies, The Drug Detection Agency (TDDA) and Omega Laboratories, open New Zealand laboratory More>>

Network: Bigpipe Launches Ultra-Fast Broadband Into Wellington

Bigpipe Launches Ultra-Fast Broadband into Wellington Naked broadband provider Bigpipe has extended its national reach, announcing today, the launch of its unlimited UFB offering into Wellington. The Spark Venture business is giving Wellingtonians the ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sci-Tech
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news