One of the popular theories regarding the origin of Clover was that something (possibly a satellite) crashed into the Atlantic, awakening the monster.

You can see the item crashing into the water in Rob's video.

splish splash clover was taking a bath

But the canon comic Cloverfield/Kishin revealed that the monster was awoken by submarines sent by the Tagruato corporation.

What fell into the ocean, and what was the significance of it?

  • @MikeEdenfield also not mine, and i'm thinking about re-editing the photo due to the spelling error on it
    – phantom42
    Feb 1, 2016 at 17:32
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    Huh. I'd assumed that it was the egg of the monster itself hitting the ocean.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Feb 1, 2016 at 17:34
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    I'm almost positive that it was Chekov's MacGuffin, starting the plot off, whilst doing so in a manner that they can explore in the (ill-fated) movie Cloverfield 2. In the original marketing materials (www.tagruato.jp), the thing that fell was a piece of a Tagruato satellite, which is why the submarines were there in the first place. I'm sure there was a story, but unless there's a release or it's baked into the 10 Cloverfield Lane movie, we won't know.
    – Vogie
    Feb 1, 2016 at 18:10

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As Vogie mentions in his comment, the movie's viral marketing campaign included an extensive mention of a falling satellite, the ChimpanzIII.

Tagruato used the Hatsui satellite to try to identify a rogue piece that is thought to have fallen off of the Japanese Government's "ChimpanzIII" satellite. Although Hatsui’s work has not yet been able to confirm the identity of the fallen piece, Tagruato scientists and engineers are busily trying to track and recover the fragment. According to Hatsui data, it disappeared into the Atlantic Ocean late last week.

It has since been confirmed in the Blu-ray special features that what woke the 'Clover' monster was a submarine sent to investigate the satellite crash rather than the crash itself.

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