Public Dissection of Giant Squid

The Melbourne Museum is doing the unthinkable. They are unleashing a giant, rotting, stinking, mound of invertebrate flesh upon the public (July 17th at 11:30 AEST). One better they are going to hack into with all manner of surgical instruments. I just wish I could be there to view it myself! Luckily they are streaming the whole thing shebang on the internet. Unfortunately, you will not be able to savor the aroma of several hundred pounds of preserved squid over the internet

For you in the US who have no idea how to convert 11:30am AEST to your time it is 6:30 tonight in Pacific Coast time!

Dr. M (1801 Posts)

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.

One Reply to “Public Dissection of Giant Squid”

  1. I had to go to a stoopid staff meeting when I could have been breathing in the heady smell of slowy decomposing cephalopod.


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