Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Cloverfield and the mystery of the BLOOP.

With the release of the movie Cloverfield, many people are asking the question "Could such a creature exist in our waters?"

Well, basically, it's just me that's asking the question.

Author H.P. Lovecraft wrote of a creature called a Cthulu, which is described as terror and evil incarnate (whatever that means).
Many people, including myself, grew up watching the hokey Godzilla movies. And let's not forget the Kraken, which was highlighted in Clash of the Titans and re-visited as an octopus incarnate in the last two Pirates of the Caribbean films.

James Cameron's documentary Aliens of the Deep eloquently focused on the idea that we're not entirely sure what's in our oceans.

Then, of course, you've got your fictional deep-sea creature movies such as Deep Rising, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Jaws 3, Deep Blue Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth, etc. etc. etc.

Although Star Trek geeks may disagree, I'm convinced that the final frontier isn't space, but the deep seas of our very own planet.

But what, exactly, could be lurking in our waters?

Could it be a giant squid?
Could it be the Loch Ness Monster incarnate (I love that word)?
Could it be mutated whales measuring the length of a football field?
Could it be aliens from the hit movie Cocoon?

Enter the strange frequency known as BLOOP.

During the summer of 1997, scientists from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration revealed a mysterious recording that was picked up several times by undersea microphones.

Click here to listen the mysterious sound.

Although the scientists didn't actually come out and say the sound was a giant beast, all were in agreement that it was biological in nature.

Coincidentally, they nicknamed the unidentified sound "Bloop".

Eleven years later, the source of the sound still remains a mystery.

Many scientists claim that the bloop sound was much louder than a bloop produced by Earth's largest known whale, the blue whale. Others theorize that, more than likely, it's an extremely giant squid.

Some skeptics claim that it's nothing more than a giant piece of ice drifting along the ocean floor.

Regardless of what anyone thinks, scientists are still baffled by the sound.

Personally, I think it's a giant squid. Yet, the little kid inside me hopes that it's something else.

Perhaps something like the creature in Cloverfield.

Perhaps something that's just swimming around the ocean biding it's time until it rises from the ocean to create hell on Earth.

Perhaps Wilford Brimley incarnate.


June 13, 2002 CNN Story

Wikipedia entry on BLOOP.


cbrown said...

Sounds like a baby bathtub fart.

Lilim said...

Scientists are now insisting that it can't be a giant squid, because the squid's body structure doesn't allow for the production of sound through an air sac - something that would be necessary to produce this noise. Many speculate that it would have to be mammalian, in nature. I have no idea. But it sure is cool!