Three experienced plastic surgeons had no complaints from their patient—in this case, a 12-foot Pacific giant squid, and already dead.
On Friday, the surgeons worked on the creature on a metal table outside the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology. Despite the odor, they stitched up its battle wounds and reattached its head. The two-hour job was performed by University of Pittsburgh professor Dr. Ernie Manders, who does research at the Oregon coast institute, and two of his colleagues.
Institute director Craig Young tells The World newspaper of Coos Bay that the goal is to make the squid a presentable attraction at the future Charleston Marine Life Center. Plans call for a 6,000-square-foot, two-story museum and aquarium.