Friday Squid Blogging: Preserving Your Giant Squid


For several years von Hagens and his team experimented using smaller squid, and found that the fragility of the skin needed a slower replacement process than other animal specimens.

Some 1500 litres of silicone later, the plastination of the giant cephalopods was completed in January.

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 4:47 PM5 Comments


BF Skinner March 20, 2010 11:35 AM

“1500 litres of silicone ” so they did all their early trials on Bridget Nielsen?

Clive Robinson March 20, 2010 2:45 PM

@ BF Skinner

“early trials on Bridget Nielsen?”

Hmm wasn’t she the double A rated brunet in a Chonan film with the Gov’nr of California? I think she had a bit of trouble filling the role but was cute enough?

What ever happened to her?

I don’t remember seeing her cute brunet looks in any films after that,

Mind you I heard there was some psyco by the same name and her mother stalking Rambo or some such in a jungle for reality TV but hey who watches that sort of pap anyway.

That’s the trouble with H’wood nobody ever stays the same (apart from 007 😉

BF Skinner March 21, 2010 4:42 PM

@Clive “apart from 007”
Yeah but he’s English so I’ll have to give you that one even if I didn’t agree.

The last I heard about Brigitte was the first electronic breakup I knew of. Stallone ended their marriage via fax. That was over a decade ago … Oh for the simple days–now everybodies doing it via twitter.

Clive Robinson March 21, 2010 11:59 PM


As the artical author notes,

“posed some challenges for the controversial anatomist”

Gunther von Hagens, has a habit of self publicity big style… Including an autopsy “live on televison” in the UK (Channel 4) back in 02.

He usualy wears a black hat and as was remarked by a journo at the time, he just looks like he’s used plastination on himself.

Also this bit from the article sent bells of in my mind,

“to a plastination facility in Dalian, China, to be preserved by anatomist Gunther von Hagens”

China has a long history of “human rights” issues with regards prisoners.

Stories abound about “organs for sale” supposadly from prisoners.

Back in 2006 representation was made to the UN (by former Canadian secretary of State for Asia and the Pacific, David Kilgour, and vice-president of the European parliament, Edward McMillan-Scott) that China was “Organ Harvesting” prisoners,

Edward McMillan-Scott is a UK politician, He resigned from David Cameron’s Conservative party a few days ago over Conservative party machianations in Europe (he is now a Lib Dem). Which is why the “China Organ Harvest” issue was in the news again. I have no reason to doubt that he believes China has and probably still is carrying out organ harvests of prisoners.

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