Plastic fantastic

Date: 1/2/2005

Technology normally used for preserving human tissue is being used on a giant colossal squid caught in the Ross Sea. Dr O’Shea, based at Auckland’s University of Technology, is preparing the squid to go on display. Without the use of plastination, the squid would be limp and lose its cylindrical shape, he said. Plastination replaces bodily fluids and fat with epoxy and silicone, allowing the corpse to be displayed in life-like poses, but a giant squid, with its lack of internal skeleton for support, and relatively poorly understood circulatory system, poses some challenges. The squid will have to be a rigid frame support, and the process could take up to one year.

The eyes and ears of our coastline With one of the longest coastlines of any country in the world all users of our marine environment must help in the fight against organised criminal poachers, said Fisheries Minister David Benson-Pope. The Government has committed significant new resources to the marine sector which will help patrol our fisheries but Mr Benson-Pope says existing enforcement operations, ongoing surveillance and patrols were all having an impact, poaching of species like paua, kina and rock lobster won’t be stamped out without public help. He is urging the public to report any suspicious activity by calling freephone 0800 4 POACHER (0800 4 76224).

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