France’s National Museum of Natural History displayed its prize centerpiece today for an exhibit on biodiversity, a plastinated, 21+ foot-long, giant squid named Wheke. The squid was hauled in by a fisherman in New Zealand in 2001 and was plastinated in Italy by a company called VisDocta Research. The process, in which all of the squid’s water, fat and other liquids are replaced with a hardening plastic filling, took two and a half years and cost approximately $100,000.
I am looking forward to plastinating Andrew’s dog, Izzy, some day. Maybe for an anniversary gift?
Wheke would be so happy to know that he was immortalized in a space-age polymer plastic.
More info on the plastic squid here.
Also, do yourself a favor and DO NOT, for any reason, visit this post from Deep Sea News unveiling their latest addition to the giant squid song series. What about a song about brave, Wheke, guys? Let’s hear it!