On Monday night, scientists at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa dissected a colossal squid. While perhaps less famous than your standard giant squid, the colossal is arguably the more impressive species. It has shorter tentacles but is larger overall due to a bigger mantle. They're also wider and heavier, and have sharp hooks on their limbs.

If you missed out on watching the livestream and following #squidwatch on Twitter, you can see the entire video (all three hours of it!) above -- and catch some of our favorite tweets:

Found in the Antarctic, the female squid is thought to be only the second intact colossal specimen. She was in great shape, too -- and still holding eggs. The study of such a perfect specimen is a rare treat, and we get to join in on the fun.

It's hard not to envy the scientists who got a hands-on experience with this magnificent cephalopod, but at least we didn't have to spend three hours inhaling the scent of defrosting squid.