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Photograph of the colossal squid

The Colossal Squid
Te Wheke Nui

Meet the only colossal squid on display in the world.

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  • When | Āhea Returning 11 May 2019
  • Where | Ki hea Te Taiao | Nature, Level 2
  • Cost | Te utu Free exhibition
  • Ages | Te reanga All ages
  • Allow | Me whakarite 15 minutes
  • Accessibility | E wātea ana ki

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

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.

 

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