The Colossal Squid
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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

From the deep waters of Antarctica to star attraction at Te Papa, the colossal squid has been on a long and incredible journey.

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Watch: the mysterious world of the colossal squid

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.

Watch: scientists examine a colossal squid

Watch highlights from the colossal squid examination as specialists in squid biology from Auckland University of Technology undertake research on this rare find. This colossal squid and the specimen already on display at Te Papa are the only two of their kind caught intact – ever! Large colossal squid specimens in good condition are rarely available to scientists, so this latest example has caused great excitement. 

Credit: Still images supplied by Sanford/San Aspiring Crew.

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