This 11 m long model of a giant squid, Architeuthis dux, is a favourite among children. It is based on the largest squid ever recorded, found in New Zealand waters.
The display is in an old lift shaft and extends over four floors, complete with life-size models of other creatures that inhabit the murky depths. Interactive information screens and specimens from the collections add a wealth of background detail about the mysterious world of this elusive creature.
The model was hand-made at the Museum and took 12 months to complete.
A real specimen of Architeuthis dux can be seen in the Science Centre, preserved in alcohol. It forms part of the Museum’s marine invertebrates collection.