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Tidgy's Dad

Very interesting, Bobby! 

Not sure about the poor tortoise though. 

I'd give it a good burial. 

Or eat it as Darwin often did. 

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4 minutes ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

Very interesting, Bobby! 

Not sure about the poor tortoise though. 

I'd give it a good burial. 

Or eat it as Darwin often did. 

Sorry about that Adam I totally agree with you on that.

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Mediospirifer

Very cool collection!!

 

I wonder how many of these specimens are holotypes? Probably a bunch!

 

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Ludwigia

All I can say is interesting but ugh! Thanks for the educational tour behind the scenes.

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WhodamanHD

Wow, very cool! Especially the pet octopus and the fact that they were collected by Charles Darwin himself!

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LiamL

This is very weirdly interesting, do they ever change the water in those especially the squid?

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Foozil

Very cool! The snakes are awesome.

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Bobby Rico
17 minutes ago, LiamL said:

This is very weirdly interesting, do they ever change the water in those especially the squid?

Yes weird but kind of sublime. The specimens in jars are in alcohol the darker the colour of the liquid is the old the specimen. The squid is in formaldehyde I think. They only charge the sprit if they have too. 

Cheers bobby

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Pagurus

Thanks for the photos. I'm especially impressed by the size of the tank the squid is in. That's a heck of a lot of formalin! After careful scrutiny I still failed to find Abby Normal among all those jars. Amazing collection though!

 

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Troodon

That is super cool something I would love to visit.  Thanks for posting.

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caldigger

That container holding the giant squid would hold a lot of pickles!

 Frankly, creatures in jars have always creeped me out. Maybe it goes back to having to dissect such things in biology class that resemble these jarred creatures.

I can still remember the smell of formaldehyde. :wacko:

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Nimravis

Cool post Bobby- makes me want to have a couple Sweet Gerkins- yum.

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ynot

Huy, is that macob or what?

Gives Me spine shivers.

Makes Me think of the sleazy side show at the circus.

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8 hours ago, Pagurus said:

Thanks for the photos. I'm especially impressed by the size of the tank the squid is in. That's a heck of a lot of formalin! After careful scrutiny I still failed to find Abby Normal among all those jars. Amazing collection though!

 

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Great photo thank you. The tank was built in France by the same company that Damien Hirst used for his work. It was originally going to be placed in the main gallery but after the did a risk assessment. They decided the floor was not strong enough to hold the tank. So it was placed in the basement. 

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12 hours ago, WhodamanHD said:

Wow, very cool! Especially the pet octopus and the fact that they were collected by Charles Darwin himself!

Yes it was amazing to see and I did get to held the octopus and have good look at the Darwin collection. The tortoise shell has Darwin signature  on the inside of it, if I remember right. 

 

Thank you for  your comments. 

 

Cheers Bobby

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Bobby Rico

Thanks @Troodon it was one of best day I have ever had. Glad you enjoyed my post.

 

@Ludwigia @caldigger @ynot

I found it really macabre for the first couple of minutes . But the curators knowledge of the collection and for natural history, changed my mind to the fact that this is an amazing resource. He also opened lots of the jars and removed the specimens so I could have a closer look. That was cool.

 

@Foozil I like the snakes too.

@Mediospirifer thanks for the comment . I can’t answer that question but I only took a few pictures , the collection is massive.

 

@Nimravis funny you said that because the curator had worked out what he could eat out of the collection in the advent of a zombie apocalypse.  He was a real joker.

 

thanks you all for all the comments .

 

cheers Bobby 

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caldigger
2 hours ago, Bobby Rico said:

@Nimravis funny you said that because the curator had worked out what he could eat out of the collection in the advent of a zombie apocalypse.  He was a real joker.

He could get drunk snacking on exotic animals while trying to avoid the undead.

Sounds like a typical day of mine

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Mediospirifer
12 hours ago, Bobby Rico said:

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:blink:

 

How many images did you stitch together for that picture??

 

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Bobby Rico
4 hours ago, Mediospirifer said:

 

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How many images did you stitch together for that picture??

 

Quiet a few but I will do a better job of it over the weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

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Jaimin013

This is super cool but chilling too at the same time haha! How did you manage to get in contact with a curators at the Natural History Museum and get yourself authorised to view the behind the scenes?! That's amazing.

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6 minutes ago, Jaimin013 said:

This is super cool! How did you manage to get in contact with a curators at the Natural History Museum and get yourself authorised to view the behind the scenes?! That's amazing.

We are freinds with his wife. I spent about 3 or 4 hour with him and had a real laugh too. He opened lots of the jars and got the specimens out . Thank you for you kind comments too.

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