Giant Squid, Live and In Technicolor!

Teuthologist Dr. Steve O’Shea and Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni, the colossal squid. Photo credit: Kathrin Bolstad

Monster squid hunter extraordinaire Dr. Steve O’Shea will be dissecting giant and colossal squids and it will be webcasted LIVE from Te Papa Museum in New Zealand. It will be an event-filled week as Dr. O’Shea and his squidaliscious team of crack experts unlock the mysteries of deep sea squids, starting with the thawing!

“Thawing the frozen squid is the first challenge. There have been many suggestions (inlcuding 462 suggestions from the public!) about how to carry out this process. The temperature of the squid will be gradually raised, over several days, in the tank in which it will finally be preserved. It will be thawed in a saline solution to prevent decay of the outer tissue while the inner sections are still frozen. The squid might take up to four days to thaw.”

We will be live-blogging this once-in-a-lifetime event straight from DSN headquarters (location undisclosed) and will bring you such provocative tidbits of information as depth to frozen tissue, temperature of the tank, rigidity of the mantle, and other important information as we notified about them. Be the first in the blogosphere to know the time of first cut! Stay tuned to DSN for more details, April 27-May 2 (coincidentally Coral Week at DSN!)

Press release.

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Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

4 Replies to “Giant Squid, Live and In Technicolor!”

  1. Now, the only thing you didn’t mention is how exactly it is that we can actually get ring-side seats to watch, live and in person. Or even, oh please tell me they need help with the dissection and there’s somewhere we can volunteer for this honour? Can you, with all your clout somehow get me in on this!?!?!?

    …Please?? Please?? I’ll give you barnacles as a gift??

  2. A big thanks for having talked about this event on your blog. The response from the community has been awesome and we had a great time :)

    We are now jumping to our next event, starting tomorrow morning: the examination of a pygmy right whale. There will be no video this time, but we will blog it live. It is going to last around 3 days. Stay tuned:

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