After much thought, I decided to include the reverse engineered marine creatures in my dinosaur book. I put so much thought into making them that it would be such a waste if I excluded them. Also, they would provide a fitting final challenge for the surviving characters as they try to escape the island. When that happens, the characters will be forced into a situation where they have to walk along the ocean floor to get back on dry land. Along the way, they encounter a menagerie of nightmarish sea monsters. This challenge will make the characters learn that no matter how bad things get on dry land, the one thing you should never do is get in the water.
One of my favorite dinosaur documentaries would be Chased By Dinosaurs, which is a spin-off of Walking With Dinosaurs. The show was presented by zoologist Nigel Marven, who seems similar to the late Steve Irwin. The documentary consists of five episodes. One episode depicted Nigel traveling to Argentina during the early Cretaceous, one depicted Nigel visiting Mongolia during the mid-Cretaceous, and the other three show Nigel taking a dive in the seven deadliest seas in all of prehistory. In general, this documentary series shows what could happen if someone like Steve Irwin went on a prehistoric safari. I have learned a great deal from this series and I will definitely use the knowledge I have gained for my dinosaur series.
As I delve deeper into my dinosaur book, I start to increase the complexity of the artificial island in the story. At first, I thought of making it a mixture between the novel version of Isla Sorna from Michael Crichton’s The Lost World and Skull Island from the 2005 King Kong film. This would have given my island a broken and uneven interior terrain and a mountainous coastline with few beaches. Now, I have taken a look at other islands and I am thinking of adding some additional traits to my island in order to increase its complexity as a synthetic landmass. These traits would include a series of smaller islands surrounding it like the island network in Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay, another island that forms a ring, and a perpetual violent storm. All of these features will increase the complexity of my island and the ecosystem the reverse engineered dinosaurs live in.
My youngest pit bull, Mr. Wally, thinks he’s a little person as he sits in a chair.
My precious little boys, Wally and Fitch, continue to be the cutest pit bulls in the world. It has come to my attention that I have spoiled these pit bulls rotten.
It is finally happening! After over a year of waiting, the Top Gear boys return with a new episode of the Grand Tour. It looks like they will be doing a treasure hunt challenge in Madagascar. I have been waiting for a new episode for a long time and it has been a painful wait. Because I am such a huge fan of the Top Gear boys, I was eager to see new material. Now, I just have to wait one more month until this new episode arrives. Welcome back, boys!
There is a thought that has been scratching in the back of my mind regarding Gregor Clegane from Game of Thrones. When he was a mortal man, he was an eight foot tall, four hundred pound mass of muscle with near superhuman strength and was surprisingly quick for his size. Because of his size, strength, fighting skills, foul temper, and violent tendencies, Gregor Clegane was the most feared warrior in the Seven Kingdoms. When he was modified by Qyburn’s mad science, Gregor’s mind was all but gone and his physical strength and fighting skills were greatly augmented. In his undead state, Gregor’s strength was comparable to a giant’s (about the combined strength of twelve normal humans), he was immune to pain and injuries that would kill a normal person, he did not tire and could push himself further and harder than any normal human, and he was completely obedient to his master (except when his brother was involved). Gregor was already deceptively fast for his size before his enhancements so it is possible that that agility was increased as well. In the Song of Ice and Fire books, it was revealed that his augmentations altered him to the point in which he did not require sleep, food, drink, and he didn’t even need to use the bathroom. With these enhanced capabilities and characteristics, Gregor Clegane became the ideal medieval warrior. Then I wondered what it would be like if there was an entire army of thousands of soldiers, each one as big, strong, and durable as Gregor in his undead state. That would be an army I would not want to fight.
450 million years ago, the sea was infested with giant arthropods. Among those arthropods were Eurypterids or sea scorpions. Despite being called scorpions, these animals had no venom in their tails and instead used those tails like a fluke similar to dolphins or whales. Their segmented exoskeleton also aids them in their up-and-down swimming style with greater flexibility. They would use their large pincers to grab onto prey and tear it limb from limb. These creatures came in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. The largest was over ten feet long. Can you imagine? Some species of sea scorpion became the first lifeforms to crawl out of the sea onto dry land. These species had both gills and primitive lungs that absorbed oxygen directly into their blood. Sadly, there are no relatives like these animals alive in the modern world. As the conditions of the sea changed and fish became more prominent, the sea scorpions faded into extinction. However, I am thinking of including a creature that is similar to the sea scorpions in my dinosaur book. They won’t be like the sea scorpions of old, but they would be very similar with similar adaptations and lifestyles.
Among the modern arthropods that gave me inspiration for my giant insects would be the red crabs of Christmas Island and the robber crabs that hunt them. Every spawning season, the jungle floor is infested with over 45 million red crabs that march through the jungle to spawn in the sea. Along the way, some of these crabs are hunted down, killed, and eaten by the much larger robber crabs. Robber crabs are the largest land-based arthropods in the modern world, reaching up to a meter in length. That is pretty impressive by today’s standards even though the oxygen levels are half what they were during the Carboniferous Period 300 million years ago. As I wrote the creepy crawly scene in my dinosaur book, I envisioned arthropods that were even larger and nastier than these crabs. I can even see these crabs as being bountiful prey for small theropod dinosaurs that would snatch them off the jungle floor.
I have found a way to include the many fictional creatures in my dinosaur book. I won’t mention them by name, but I will mention them as nameless beasts that live alongside dinosaurs. This way, the only confusing names my readers will deal with will be those of my dinosaurs. This would make sense because the characters did not know the other animals existed until the ventured further from their research facility. As a result, they were unable to properly document them. These reverse engineered animals will appear along the sidelines as the characters march through the primordial jungle. At least this way, my other creations have a cameo appearance of some kind in the story as the characters endure the hike from hell.