TGIF Bonus: What is that kid drawing?

Something brilliant…

Even better if it had been an octopus.

Dr. M (1801 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. 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. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. 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.

7 Replies to “TGIF Bonus: What is that kid drawing?”

  1. This one sorta hit home for me. I have a four-year-old son who is obsessed with deep sea creatures. When he plays in a sandbox, he doesn’t make castles, he makes hydrothermal vents. He wants to be a tomopterid for Halloween. This stuff is not considered “normal.” LOL!

  2. Louise, you son is the coolest 4 year old in the world. My 2.75 year old not far behind. When I gave a choice between Wonder Pets, Backyardigans, Berenstain Bears or Planet Earth. He always wants to see Planet Earth! Or this Jeff Corwin DVD we have with lots of different animals. He loves the seasonal forests episode of Planet Earth as well as the deep sea and shallow seas episodes.

  3. Well, KZ, now you see why I found this great blog! I actually have to do “research” in order to answer my son’s questions. His favorite videos are Blue Planet (he’s seen “The Deep” part probably 30 times), Planet Earth (the “Ocean Deep” section), and two things I taped for him off PBS: “Oceans in Glass: Behind the Scenes at the Monterey Bay Aquarium” and “Kings of Camouflage” (about the cuttlefish). We recently took him to Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, and instead of wanting to see the dolphin show or the beluga whale or the penguin stuff, he wanted to see kelp, coral, and moon jellies.

    We got him that Claire Nouvian book, “The Deep,” and he’s just started to become interested in prehistoric sharks, so we got a book for kids from the library called “Paleo Sharks” and he loves it. It’s kind of funny to have a four-year-old who knows who Mike DeGruy is–LOL–but I think the kid got interested in prehistoric sharks after watching “The Perfect Shark” during Shark Week. It was really the only thing he could watch because I try to keep him away from the fright/gore stuff for now.

    I recently asked my son, “If you could be any creature besides a person, what would you be?” He thought for a second and said, “Unidentified species.”

  4. Louise, you get mom of the year award here at Deep Sea News!

    My son also likes Attenboroughs Life in the Undergrowth and Microcosmos, highly recommend. Nothing gets rolling like watching monkey though. He laughs hysterically when a chimp beats the crap out of an intruder from another troop. Not sure what to think about that actually… He’s just too young to understand they are not playing around and wrestling lol.

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