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Preserving the Gladius

Gaetan P.

Mar 10, 2005
In my Oceanography Club we dissect a squid. Every year my kids want to take the gladius home. I am looking for a way to preserve the gladius. Can anyone give me some advice?

raise love,

ps. forgive me if I am missing common sense.. :oops:


Colossal Squid
Nov 19, 2002
Dunedin, New Zealand
hiya Gaetan,

For my research I dry them under weights. But they get kinda brittle. For our teaching ones we've actually laminated them!

So procedure is: remove from squid, rinse in fresh water, place between folded paper towel, once all gladii are in paper towel packets, I make a pile of paper towels than place the gladii towels on top then another pile of towels, then a board (cutting board or similar) then weights (I used four 5lb dive weights, but heavy books would work too) leave for a week. Mine are stored in plastic sleeves in spaghetti jars, but they can be laminated at this point, they go rather flat but the general shape is preserved.

We also let kids take home the beaks, they dry a treat and we put them in hospital piddle pots so they don't get damaged.

Hope this helps!



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