Colossal Squid at the Royal Alberta Museum

In late June I visited the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton, Alberta.  They had an exhibit called “Creatures of the Abyss”.  (Which runs until September 11, 2011 if you are interested in attending it.) Overall, I actually found the exhibit to be a bit disappointing – it was geared a bit too much to children, so I found the information a bit shallower than I would have liked. All the same, there were some cool displays.

Colossal Squid

The one display that I really liked, and it made me think of a blog I find fascinating (the Cephalopod Tea Party), was the model of the Colossal Squid.  It was enormous and it’s eyes kind of followed us around the room.  Add to that there were a number of displays about how cephalopods use their ink to get away, how different kinds use their legs and jets to transport themselves, etc.  I thought the illustrations of the Vampire Squid were really adorable too.  Also – the Colosall Squid model was scaring some of the children in the room – it was funny to watch and listen to the parents try to convince their terrified children to stand next to it for a picture…

Colossal Squid

From the Cephalopod Tea Party: “a class of active predatory mollusks comprising octopuses, squids, and cuttlefish. They have a distinct head with a ring of tentacles around a beak mouth and are able to release a cloud of inky fluid to confuse predators.”

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