- Nov 19, 2002
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My-oh-my ... that'll learn me for being offline so often of late.chrono_war01 said:Ok, Head of Science says that I should note a few things befor ebuying planes tickets for squids:
1) Is it really neccsary to send them to NZ to Dr. SOS
2) Will it break any custom's rules on sending these things
2) Formalin is extremly smelly, and I, Head of Sci. and the school don't have the proper certificates to give, or buy formalin.
3) Is it really neccsary to use formalin
4) How much would it cost.
5) Is the whole thing really neccsary.
Could anyone please answer the question above, please?
Also, how do I preserve things in baking soda, or will alcohol work?
P.S: Mom thinks that Dr.SOS wants baking soda is becuase it'll marinate well squid and all he has to do is cook it.
No, it is not terribly necessary to pickle them and send them to that SOS fellow. You should pickle them for yourself though, and keep them as a constant reminder that one day you'll grow up and be Dr Eric who works on squid!
No, you cannot preserve them in baking soda; you use baking soda as a buffer (to neutralise the acidity of formalin) so that the delicate sucker rings on each of the suckers do not dissolve. If you don't use it then all that you are left with is a pickled good-looking squid that has lost most of the valuable systematic characters (and you will regret this in years to come).
You cannot 'fix' a cephalopod in alcohol - it'll only go pink and rot on the inside (alcohol doesn't penetrate the tissues fast enough - and it will also send the tissues rather tough and brittle). Formalin might smell a little, but you only need to keep it in this stuff for a week, then rinse thoroughly (draining the formalin) and then transfer the fixed little devil into preservative (alcohol, 70% ETOH).
Somewhere you must get some formalin - even if you buy a small bottle (I find it hard to believe that you need permits for this) and store it out of the light, in a cool place, and away from where any children can get it, you will find it extremely handy to fix all sorts of animals throughout your school days. You'll be the only one there doing it ... some might think that you're a little odd ... but you'll have the best wee collection of preserved beasties of all your friends.
If you cannot get formalin you may as well go bury the poor thing beneath a tree somewhere, and stick a little cross there (and even carve into the tree trunk RIP squiddy). Then, when you're married with kids yourself you can take them there, show them the carved trunk, and say ..... whatever you want to the kids (and if you can't wait that long, take your girlfriend there).