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#1 glen

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Posted 03 March 2006 - 10:17 PM

Giant squid (Archie) goes on display - The Natural History Museum, London
28 Feb 2006
A giant squid, Architeuthis dux, was recently put on display at the London Natural History Museum's Darwin Centre tank room.

The 8.62-metre squid, called Archie, was caught off the coast of the Falkland Islands in March 2004.

Archie is not the largest specimen ever caught, that record belongs to an 18.5-metre specimen caught in Island Bay, New Zealand in 1880. Archie was caught live and is almost complete making it a very important specimen for research. Initial investigations suggest that Archie is female although this will be confirmed by future study.

The final home for 'Archie' is a specially made acrylic tank filled with a 10 per cent solution of formol-saline as a preservative. The tank was constructed in California by Casco Ltd., the people who made the tanks for Damien Hirsts' various artworks of animals in formaldehyde. The tank is 9 metres and 45 centimetres long and stands on a 1-metre stainless steel stand so that the giant squid can be viewed from any angle.

http://www.nhm.ac.uk.../news_5255.html

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Posted 04 March 2006 - 11:18 AM

thats awesome! :) how big is the one at the melbourne aquarium?
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Posted 05 March 2006 - 12:54 PM

the melbourne squid frozen in an ice block (at the melbourne aquarium) was a tiny 7 metres long...!!!! :)

http://www.squidfish...p?showtopic=939
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