Defeated Giant Monster Hung From The City's RaftersS

"Wheke," the giant calamari that invaded New Zealand in January 2000, went on display in Paris today. The massive tentacles almost make Wheke look like a space marauder or crazed mutant by themselves, but they're not what make him science-fictional. Rather, it's the process used to preserve Wheke so he can go on display for years to come: he's the first creature to be "plastinated," meaning that he was totally dehydrated and all fluids were replaced by a special plastic resin. The next step: to create a living plastic, so plastinated creatures can continue to move and even think. Click through for a gallery of Wheke pictures.

Defeated Giant Monster Hung From The City's RaftersS

Defeated Giant Monster Hung From The City's RaftersS

Defeated Giant Monster Hung From The City's RaftersS

Defeated Giant Monster Hung From The City's RaftersS

Defeated Giant Monster Hung From The City's RaftersS

Defeated Giant Monster Hung From The City's RaftersS

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