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, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

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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