The Cloverfield Monster Is An Abomination From The Deep

I’ve admittedly been hooked on Cloverfield since I saw the trailer (bottom). Can’t say why really as I typically hate monster movies and huge internet hype translates into festering heaps of movies (e.g. Snakes on a Plane). Rick Macpherson is right, I am extremely happy about some recent Cloverfield news. Rick reports this morning that the monster is some abomination from the deep and a bastard child of baleen whale and arthropod. The sheer reproductive logistics of it are mind boggling. What really has this geek salivating is the 6ft tall ectoparasites covering the monster which are dead ringer for Bathynomus giganteus. With a screen debut and musical tribute, I am predicting 2008 to be the year of the Giant Isopod!
A brief glimpse of the monster from the trailer

By the way Rick is having second thoughts about continuing blogging. Rick if you are reading this…if you leave I can’t be responsible for my actions. Seriously, Rick has a fantastic blog, one of the best of the web, and a unique perspective from the conservation trenches. If you don’t read it you should and if you do go tell him to cut out all this leaving nonsense.

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

3 comments on “The Cloverfield Monster Is An Abomination From The Deep
  1. so my awesomely geeky friend has been forwarding me every shred of cloverfield news for the last six months ad nauseum. can’t believe i beat him to the punch on this one by reading DSN!

    danku. oh and fyi – the behind the scenes shedd trip looks like it might happen. will keep you posted.

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