The Colossal Squid exhibition
Te Wheke Nui

Meet the colossal squid – eyes the size of soccer balls and awesome, rotating tentacle hooks.

  • When Long-term exhibition
  • Where Level 2
  • Cost Free entry
  • Type Nature and science

See the only colossal squid specimen on display in the world, right here at Te Papa.

Descend deep into the dark, cold Southern Ocean and check out the mysterious world of the colossal squid. 

The top of the ocean is light and warm, and abundant with life. But if you head down a kilometre or more, you'd be in the dark, cold ocean deep. More people have been into space than have gone down deep below the ocean surface, yet it's the largest habitat available for life on Earth. 

The colossal squid, the most massive invertebrate on the planet, makes its home in these cold depths of the Southern Ocean.



Interactive table in the colossal squid exhibition, 2009. Te Papa


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