Saturday, September 30, 2006

Frozen in time: the giant squid in the Melbourne Aquarium, 2nd last day!

Phew! I just made it, and did manage to check out the giant squid in the Melbourne Aquarium,and here you see the sketch I did of it, while standing there; a bit of a challenge for both artist and scanner, believe me! At first, I did not believe I had found it, because it no longer lives, but lies preserved in ice, and lots of other people did not believe it either. But it looks neither very large nor very scary, in its bed of ice... If you still don't believe me, that it really does look a bit like this, the official postcard-photo follows, also a bit of a challenge for the scanner, and, as you see, I could not get the text at all... Its living relatives, the Humboldt squid, called "red devils" by the fishermen of Mexico, seem much scarier, and command a healthy respect!  Posted by Picasa

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