Friday Squid Blogging: Giant Squids on Exhibit at the Smithsonian

Starting September 27th: a 36-foot-long, 330-lb female and a 20-foot-long, 100-lb male.

Posted on August 22, 2008 at 4:38 PM • 6 Comments

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Valerie HensonAugust 23, 2008 9:57 PM

I once flew from Sydney to Brisbane just to see the frozen giant squid in the "Monsters of the Deep" traveling exhibition. It was utterly fascinating; you can read about a squid eyeball being as big as a dinner plate but you don't realize that this is actually *bigger than your head* until you're standing next to one. I'm debating a trip to D.C. just to see this exhibit (and perhaps a Capitol Steps show).

wumpusAugust 24, 2008 9:51 AM

I wonder what they did with the old giant squids from that were on display ~1990-2000? These were removed when they started building the mammal hall which replaced the old ocean exhibit. If I recall, they were preserved in alcohol (one wag dubbed it the worlds largest martini).

John WatersAugust 25, 2008 2:59 AM

I am starting to think that you have a slight affinity for squid. :) Does this extend to Cephalopods in general?

Clearly your blog entries involving squid raise more questions than answers.

Desire, thy name is Architeuthis.

John Waters, No relation to the director.
Riyadh, KSA

mcbAugust 25, 2008 9:02 AM

If I recall my "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" correctly, squid aren't really a security issue until they're large enough to grab a nuclear submarine.

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