The giant squid (Architeuthis dux) in the Museum’s entrance has become one of our iconic exhibits and will continue to welcome guests to the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science. When the Museum opens next year, the donor wall’s school of orange roughy expands and enhances the feeling of being in the squid’s environment.
As pictured here, the squid has been trying to catch an orange roughy (Hoplostethus atlanticus), in the atrium for years. But the orange roughy wasn’t the original fish here. In 2007, new information about the feeding grounds of giant squid suggested they hunt in deep water – a place where tuna (the previous display fish) rarely go. The exhibit was updated with the orange roughy selected from a scientific, exhibit design, and educational perspective.