From Bigfoot to Swamp Beast, Monster Quest reveals the truth of legendary monster sightings around the world. Deploying the latest in hi-tech equipment, each episode scientifically examines the best evidence available, from pictures and video, to hair and bones, as well as the eyewitness accounts themselves. From pilots to policemen to ship captains, a number of seemingly credible people have seen things they can't explain. One part history, one part science and one part monsters, Monster Quest discovers the truth behind these legendary monsters.
Do wild hogs in the United States grow to monstrous sizes? Many think so. In Georgia an 1100 pound hog was shot and killed, and in Texas beasts almost as large have been reported. But are these creatures raised and fattened up in a pen, or are they wild hogs, naturally more aggressive, that have somehow reached gigantic proportions?
In the fall of 2007, residents of Bolivia, North Carolina started losing pets and farm animals to an unknown creature. Is it the same mystery predator with a taste for blood that preyed on goats and dogs in Bolivia more than 50 years ago.
Visit one of the most haunted houses in America, the Lizzie Borden house, scene of the famous 19th century double murder. Watch as paranormal expert's record bizarre goings on in this house with eight cameras rolling, including the highest resolution infrared camera ever used in a paranormal investigation. Will science and technology finally prove the existence of ghosts?
Miles from the industrial cities of Ohio, a bogeyman that has terrified children for over a century. According to stories and sightings, the Grassman is similar to Bigfoot, but builds strange nests and has been known to attack. Is a primate skull, a strange print and a new video the first direct proof behind the legendary Grassman?
Deep in the Venezuela wilderness thre have been sightings of huge man-eating snakes. The investigation will also search the Everglades of Florida where pet pythons have escaped and are multiplying and growing to huge sizes.
Giant rats have been discovered by archaeologist, but are they returning? Follow along as Monsterquest examines reports that these large creatures are inhabiting modern sewers and that some are man-eaters.
Between 1979 and 1983 over 200 livestock were torn apart on the moors of England. Despite the efforts of armed marines, no predator was ever found and the attacks continue to this day. Eyewitnesses allege that a strange "black beast" is the culprit, but new video evidence could have answers to the mystery.
The dreaded goatsucker was first sighted in 1995 in Puerto Rico. Two-legged and reptile-like, this creature was accused of killing and drinking the blood of hundreds of farm animals. Monsterquest will examine evidence for this animal, including DNA samples, in an effort to verify its existence and possible differences between the Puerto Rican Chupacabra and the one spotted in Texas.
Native American history is full of Hairy Man stories & cave art that date back over 1,000 years. Did Native Americans know the truth behind the Bigfoot legend?
There have been stories of real vampires that exist in New England since the 1700s, and today there are those with a craving for blood, as well as those who believe they can survive by feeding on the life force of others. The legend of these "living vampires" is investigated.
There have been sightings of a massive octopus big enough to attack and sink boats. Could such a creature really exist?
What is the Monster of Whitehall?
Searching for a Canadian creature dubbed "Cressie" said to be lurking around the bottom of Lake Crescent in Newfoundland; witnesses report seeing an outsized eel or perhaps something entirely alien to science.
Investigating reports of a hairy wild man said to roam mountainous and forested regions of China's remote Hubai province; Chinese authorities collect more than 100 unidentified hairs.
A team returns to the Sea of Cortez with improved technology in hopes of confirming a sighting of a 100-foot squid some 1,000 feet below the ocean's surface.
The bull shark, one of the deadliest predators in the ocean, can tolerate fresh water and has been known to swim hundreds of miles upstream; shark sightings ranging from Illinois to the Louisiana bayous and the St. Lawrence River.
One team travels to Australia's Blue Mountains in search of evidence that the huge megalania lizard isn't really extinct while another expedition studies its closest living cousin: the Komodo dragon.
An expedition armed with high-tech surveillance and detection equipment stakes out a remote cabin in Canada that has been under attack by a creature that might be a sasquatch.
Legends of a terrifying monster lurking in the back hills of Kentucky date back to the days of frontiersman Daniel Boone, but encounters with this mystery beast are increasing. Witnesses report alleged attacks by the creature and the sounds of ferocious screams from the wilderness. New photographic evidence may hold the key to uncovering the mystery. The MonsterQuest team goes on location to analyze the evidence, and heads deep into the dark forests, where they have their own frightening encounter.
A deadly, slithering menace is taking over Florida and may be heading north. For more than 100 years, giant pythons have been discovered in parts of the Sunshine State, but since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, their territory has rapidly spread. Now, MonsterQuest searches for incursions in the outskirts of Miami, a population hotspot that is just moments from schools and homes. The team investigates whether pythons could hybridize and adapt, enabling them to threaten every state in the US.
More than 50 years ago, South American scientists attempted to cross-breed bees that would produce more honey than ever before possible. But instead, they created a monster. Today, these giant bees are on the loose, spreading northward and invading US cities. MonsterQuest examines how these killer bees attack with an unseen ferocity and discovers that the bees may be adapting to colder temperatures, making them an even greater threat.
For centuries the Amazon has been home to a frightening feeding frenzy of the most ferocious fresh-water monsters known to man... piranhas. These fish are said to "mutilate swimmers," their teeth cut through "flesh and bone" and the "blood in the water excites them to madness." Now, these deadly monsters are appearing in US lakes and rivers. The MonsterQuest team is investigating how they may be adapting, and whether these carnivorous beasts could breed here and devastate our waters.
In the fall of 1952, witnesses in Flatwoods, West Virginia, reportedly encountered a nightmarish beast that was human-like in appearance but with reptilian skin. The monster hovered over its victims in strange craft, emitted a hissing sound and attacked by releasing noxious gases. Some claimed the beast was the result of mistaken identity and cold war hysteria; but now as sightings continue, MonsterQuest deploys the latest high-tech search gear to uncover this mysterious beast that has terrorized this town for almost sixty years.
History says that a large and wolf-like beast is the stuff of legend, but recently uncovered film footage and new witnesses say something frightening is out there. MonsterQuest heads into the dark, isolated forests of the Midwest to search for this creature and analyzes the evidence to finally end this mystery.
Something mysterious and violent is killing cattle of the North American plains, but what is behind these gruesome attacks: satanic cults, an unknown predator, or something previously unknown to man?
In the marshy swamp land of Texarkana a legendary beast has hunted the residents of a small Arkansas town. Their story was immortalized in a well known movie, The Legend of Boggy Creek. The real events were a series of violent nocturnal attacks that left behind not only fear and panic, but also remarkable tracks. But the evidence is not just confined to history. Scientific clues continue to this day, and point to a malevolent monster that stalks the Deep South, with physical encounters by trained trackers and discoveries of tracks and scat.
For over 250 years a frightening winged beast has been menacing the residents of New Jersey. The Jersey Devil is described as a winged half-bird half-horse, with hoofed feet and reptilian tail and a penetrating scream that echoes through the forests of New Jersey's Pine Barrens.
What if one of the most famous and terrifying urban legends was not a legend but a frightening fact? History tells us that Alligators lurking around in the sewers of New York City is based in truth. In the mid 1930s three teenagers pulled an eight-foot alligator from a storm drain. Reports persisted until a skeptical superintendant of sewers, Teddy May, was forced to investigate for himself. What May found shocked even him--swarms of alligators alive beneath the busy main street of America's biggest city. Crews were sent in to kill the deadly reptiles, but the stories of the gators in the sewers lived on.
High in the rugged wilderness of Colorado's Rocky Mountains a large hairy creature is said to be preying on the elk and frightening residents. The stories date back centuries with the earliest settlers describing terrifying encounters with a large beast whose scream bellows across the hills. Even today ranchers and hikers report a monster they can't explain that may be attacking their horses
An air-and-sea search team is sent out to look for a humongous shark is reported to have been spotted roaming the waters near Mexico's Baja peninsula.
An examination of people who say they had personal encounters with Bigfoot. People hailing from Minnesota, Washington and Indiana remember their run-ins and scientific tests are used to assess the validity of their stories, including polygraph examinations.
An investigation in British Columbia's Okanagan Lake for a sea creature known as Ogopogo, first sighted in the 1870's.
An expedition is launched on to British Columbia's Vancouver Island in search of a legendary Sasquatch that local native tales say would steal children who ventured too deep into the woods.
A look at an 1895 fish attack off the coast of Florida by a Goliath grouper, a massive fish that can weigh up to 1,500 lbs and a recent attack that may be evidence these dangerous fish are returning. Then, other attacks at the freshwater lakes of Minnesota by the no-less-aggressive Muskie could be on the rise.
A look at over 350 reports from the Australian island of Tasmania that claim a vicious predator, once thought to have hunted to extinction, has made a comeback—the Tasmanian Tiger, and how an Australian biologist is using preserved DNA of the animal in hopes of cloning a living specimen.
A look at the rising concern of poisonous jellyfish, from New York's Hudson River, to the beaches of Spain, these animals have become floating deathtraps in the world's oceans, and their population explosion may be the result of mankind's changes to their ecosystems.
A deep trek into the jungles of Papua New Guinea which could be hiding a flying creature local villagers call the "Demon Flyer," whose description is very similar to of the pterosaur of prehistoric origin.
A look at reports of attacks by the "Monkey Man," a half-man/half-beast that has caused panic around the city of New Delhi, India, where a massive search was undertaken by authorities to find the creature which could be an unknown primate, or just a case of mass hysteria.
At look at the 40-foot long prehistoric "supercroc" Sarcosuchus imperator the ancestor of today's crocodiles which can be up to 20 feet long, but witnesses are claiming modern crocodiles are getting much bigger. The show delves into Florida's swamps in search of record-sized crocs that could be returning to their prehistoric size.
The show follows an expedition deep into the jungles of Cameroon in search of evidence of the Mokèlé Mbèmbé – a creature local villagers identify as a long-necked sauropod thought to have gone extinct over 65-million years ago.
A look at the best evidence of Sasquatch, from amazing videos to footprint castings and compelling eye-witness reports gathered from around the United States, and how the latest state-of-the-art technology and scientific analysis could prove once and for all if these creatures really exist.
Big bad dog attacks.
Across North America there is something strange and frightening circling overhead. Witnesses tell of human-like creatures that float or hover in the skies and often descend to attack. Legends and folklore tell of strange flying creatures, but in the 1940s and 1950s, strange humanoid forms were spotted above small towns, bringing waves of panic. Sceptics claim that misidentification explains these creatures, however the mounting evidence says otherwise.
Chimpanzees are known as amusing circus attractions and even popular as pets, but when they attack the results are frightening and horrific, across the U.S., witness reports suggest that chimpanzees may be on the loose.
There have been stories for centuries about huge, aggressive albino sperm whales. They were immortalized by the classic novel "Moby Dick." These stories told of whales targeting ships and ramming them with their huge heads. Could stories like this be true?