The Colossal SquidTe Ngū Tipua

Meet the only colossal squid on display in the world. Find her in the Te Taiao | Nature exhibition.

When | Āhea

Permanent exhibition

Where | Ki hea

Te Taiao | Nature, Level 2

Cost | Te utu

Free exhibition


All ages


15 minutes

Accessibility | E wātea ana ki
  • Wheelchair accessible

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It’s the biggest colossal squid ever caught! Find it in the Ngā Kaitiaki | Guardians area in Te Taiao | Nature.

Colossal squid, the most massive invertebrates on the planet, make their home in the cold depths of the Southern Ocean.

Watch a video about how our specimen got from Antarctica to Te Papa, and learn about its bizarre anatomy – touch models of its beak and a tentacle hook.

Download a map of Te Taiao | Nature (2.03 MB)

Guide to the collosal squid in New Zealand Sign Language

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