Giant Squid Podcast

Got 5 minutes? Listen to the Podcast of Life!

How do you get two dead Giant Squid the size of a school bus from a fishing boat in Spain to a museum in Washington, DC, USA? Call in the Navy! Listen to the latest podcast episode from the Encyclopedia of Life to find out how Operation Calamari unfolded and how the museum managed to put their new Giant Squid on display.

Listen to all of the podcasts, find intriguing extras, meet the featured scientists and find relevant educational materials at the Encyclopedia of Life Learning +Education website.

Podcast Challenges for Students

Got to our Giant Squid podcast “extras” page and listen to students describing what one of our upcoming species looks like. While you are listening, use their descriptions to draw pictures of what you’re imagining. Once you are finished, send us your picture by email or in the mail.Got to our Giant Squid podcast “extras” page and listen to students describing what one of our upcoming species looks like. While you are listening, use their descriptions to draw pictures of what you’re imagining. Once you are finished, send us your picture by email or in the mail.We will share the best contributions when we air the next podcast episode.

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Educator Resource – Humboldt Squids

Squids4Kids supplies frozen specimens of Humboldt squid for use in educational activities at any level. The package includes illustrated background material and dissection guides. There is no charge, but an application and commitment to a follow-up survey are required, as is responsibility for shipping costs.The program is a collaboration between researchers at Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University and NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service in Santa Cruz, CA; all squid are collected in conjunction with ongoing research or by sport fishermen who donate their excess catch.  Visit the website for more information, including more information about this species.  And if you’d like to sample before you order, consider attending BOAT CAMP’s workshop on 2/27/10.

Giant Squid Curriculum Module

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, Mississippi State University, and partners offer this on-line Giant Squid Curriculum Module.  Lessons in the module are related to information in the web pages of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.