Friday Squid Blogging: Vandals Wreck Giant Squid Collection

Sad squid news.

…vandals got in by taking advantage of a temporary door, smashed windows and broke display cases containing male and female giant squids each measuring ten metres long as well as skeletons of whales, tortoises, marine birds and fossils.

Where was the security?

Posted on December 26, 2008 at 4:41 PM12 Comments


Jane December 26, 2008 11:18 PM

Sounds like this may have been the work of delinquents being destructive for the thrill of it, or someone hoping to send a retaliative message to the museum or an affiliated individual in response to an issue. Unfortunately it appears there was not enough effective security in place to deter the vandals. Even the illusion of it might have worked though not the best senario, better than nothing.

Anonymous December 27, 2008 3:08 AM

As a former fun-seeking juvenile vandal, I can say that Jane’s comment about security is questionable if they truly wanted to wreck the joint. I cannot fathom a reason someone would want to destroy such an exhibit, though. Normally juveniles with such disposition target displays of authority and monopoly.

Then again, perhaps Jane is right and this was a crime strictly of opportunity and poor security with no deterrant but then again, you’d be surprised as to what kids find amusing.

Senseless. Just my two cents. Pun intended!

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Clive Robinson December 27, 2008 3:45 AM

@ Bruce,

“Where was the security?”

Err perhaps you should be asking,

“when was anybody last there?”

From the article,

“Luis Laria explained that, since last summer, vandals got in by taking advantage of a temporary door,”

Spain is in the Northan Hemispher and we have just passed the winter solctice. Which kind of makes “since last summer” getting on for three months…


“taking advantage of a temporary door,”

Makes it sound like there was building work going on.

Now I know that the Spanish and especialy their workmen are joked about over their “Mañana” (manyana) outlook but three months is quite a bit more than “tomorow”…

I’d dread to ask Luis Laria incase the reply would be,

“Mañana Resultará Peor”

(Effectivly “Don’t worry, tomorow it will be worse”…)

John Waters December 29, 2008 12:28 AM

I know that there is a tapas related pun somewhere, but its too darn early for me to be bothered…

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