Jan 17, 2008

Debunker Needed STAT

No. No. No, no, no, no, no.

If ever I needed one of you to be a debunker, I need you now. TELL ME this isn't real. I can't live in a world that spawns crustaceans like these.

Ida, I can't thank you for this. You may have ruined my home planet for me.


13 comments:

Jason said...

Well, they USED to be real. That's a Eureypterid, a group of Chelicerates from the Devonian (?) that were the first, or among the first, animals to leave the sea and venture onto dry land.

This one is from a TV show starring that Nigel guy, I believe.

Annica said...

OH. MY. GOD.

Jim P said...

this article looks like it's referring to the same beast: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3247691.stm

Wendy said...

Saw one of those shows, thought it was pretty awful, really. I agree with the grouchy scientist from the BBC article. I am glad that I'm not about to encounter one of those monsters on my next vacation, tho.

Christopher Taylor said...

Yep, that's a computer-generated eurypterid. Only a little fella, though - the really big ones reached in excess of two metres.

Danielle Lea said...

I bet it's real.

Jade said...

As others have said, not currently living, but it did exist in the Devonian period. I've actually helped dig up fossils of these guys and their friends :)

BillyWitchDoctor said...

We'd better awaken Godzilla, just to be safe.

Theodosia said...

FWIW, I loved the Most Dangerous Seas miniseries -- it was more aimed at 8-12 yos, to dramatize (lightly) just how awesome these ancient monsters were.

Also I give Nigel Marven a big pass because he's got the Ugly Overload attitude in spades. :-)

Jason said...

I also agree with Dawkins on this one, but the thing that bugs me so much is that THIS COULD BE SUCH AN AWESOME SHOW!!!

Anonymous said...

Its commonly called a sea scorpion. Animal Planet has a few specials with current naturalists "going back in time" to film ancient animals as a documentary. Theres one with Jeff Corwin thats been aired a few times lately as well as this one with Nigel. The animals are all CGI and models though.

Jon said...

It's...so...Beautiful...I want one...
I'd keep it in a big tank and feed it pieces of chicken or something...

P.S. Technically, this world hasn't spawned crustaceans like those. They're chelicerates. :D

Kathleen said...

looks like another lobstrosity to me, heh. I thought it looked pretty prehistoric, tho. ^^