Monday, 7 April 2008

The Myth of 'Cthulhu.' H.P Lovecraft


Over Easter I was having a chat with my brother about films, conspiracies and many other randomness. We were talking about the recent film ‘Cloverfield,’ and he informed he of how it’s based on a novel "The Call of Cthulhu", written by H.P Lovecraft. Cthulhu is a creature that has been reinvented many times over. Lovecraft's creature is a huge, octopoid sea monster, sleeping for centuries at the bottom of the ocean (either "dreaming" or "dreamless"), and destined to emerge from his slumber in an apocalyptic age.

Our conversation then took a different turn around the idea of conspiracies. He showed me a page on wikipedia called Bloop, that tied in with the myth of Cthulhu. The Bloop is the name given to an ultra-low frequency underwater sound detected by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration several times during the summer of 1997. The source of the sound remains unknown. You can listen to it by clicking the bloop link.

Apparently with the aid of scientific technology, these recordings suggests it was from a mammal, but it had to be MUCH MUCH larger than a blue whale. What made this even more interesting (coincidence or not) was that the Bloop noise originated near the location of the fictional sunken city of R'lyeh from H.P. Lovecraft's story "The Call of Cthulhu", the Bloop has been linked to Cthulhu by Lovecraft fans. Apparently the film Cloverfield used the ‘bloop’ as some kind of media advertising to stir up a debate of myth versus reality, whilst promoting their film.

It made me think about how little we know about the sea, and whats actually down there. The word is 2/3 waters, so that’s a significant amount of space that is mostly unexplorable or unexplored. It’s the closest thing to experiencing outer space. Its similar in the fact that gravity has less relevance and we just don’t now whats there, as well as a feeling of isolation and vulnerability.

Is there something down there in the depths of the oceans that man has not discovered. A creature that could possible be the largest thing on the planet, but has never been sited. This excites me a lot, but cant help but feel a slight cause for concern if Cthulhu was to rise from his sleep and cause apocalypse to the world. ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR NO NOT ME CTHULHU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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