Colossal Squid: Freaky Features! Te Ngū Tipua: Ngā Wāhanga Weriweri!
About the event
Something big is coming to the Ashburton Art Gallery and Museum this June…
Despite being the largest squid on the planet, the Colossal Squid is so rarely seen that only eight adult colossal squid have ever been scientifically reported.
Now Ashburton Art Gallery and Museum, in co-operation with Te Papa, is set to reveal some of the fascinating science and wonderful secrets of one of New Zealand’s most significant natural history specimens.
Colossal Squid: Freaky Features! Te Ngū Tipua: Ngā Wāhanga Weriweri! centres around an interactive table displaying many different objects including the lens from an eye of the Colossal Squid, part of a tentacle, and a complete tiny squid; the miniature of its colossal relative. Touchable rotating models of a squid’s tentacle hook and the Colossal Squid's beak are also on display.
The exhibition displays two documentaries which show life in the depths of the Southern Ocean, and how the most complete Colossal Squid ever found ended up at Te Papa.
Join us for the opening of this exhibition on Friday 23 June at 6pm. This will coincide with the blessing of our exhibition Puaka: A Star on the Rise.
Developed and toured by Te Papa.
4th Aug 2023 - 17th Sep 2023
Opening: Friday 23 June, 6pm