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Destination Truth: Season Two

Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 3rd, 2008

Josh Gates Finds Yeti Prints Near Everest

Destination Truth returns for Season Two on Wednesday, March 5, 2008, at 10 PM Eastern, 9 PM Central, 8 PM Mountain, and 7 PM Pacific, on the SciFi Channel.

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Joshua Gates (R) displaying alleged footprint of Yeti.

The following are overviews of three of their cryptozoological episodes to be aired. The episode first up this week is on Josh Gates’ Yeti discoveries that broke last December, including an exclusive to Cryptomundo from Josh.

Yeti

First reported in 1832 in Nepal, the large, bipedal, shaggy yet manlike creature has been sighted ever since. Much as Sasquatch was seen around North America, his Asian “cousin” has been suspected to be wandering all across the land. The frequency of his sightings increased as more and more people scaled the Himalayan Mountains, notably Mount Everest.

While never quite captured on camera, people have spotted his shape and even what they believe to be footprints. Researchers have studied the reports for years and years, and several have recently begun to suspect that the Yeti might actually be a more familiar animal. Their principal argument on that point is that “yeti” seems to be a mistranslation of the word “meti” from the local dialect — a word that means “bear”.

Josh Gates Finds Yeti Prints Near Everest

Death Worm

The first recorded encounter with the Mongolian Death Worm was in 1926. Its local name is allghoi, which translates literally as “blood-filled intestine worm”. Said to be bright red and as long as five feet, the death worm is alleged to resemble a cow’s intestine with spikes at either end. Sightings of the death worm have been reported (but never corroborated) in and around the Gobi Desert.

The worm reportedly spits a yellowish poison that kills on contact. Other reports describe the worm as giving off a deadly electrical charge. Legend has it that yellow objects and garments can attract the death worm. It is reputed to be dormant most of the year, but in June and July it emerges to seek sustenance.

Tarasque

With a lion’s head, six stubby legs, the body of an ox, a turtle shell and a tail tipped liked a scorpion’s, the Tarasque is a legendary sea creature of Vietnam. In the Hulong Bay region, local legends say the Tarasque came from the home of the Onachus — a bison-like creature — and was the product of an Onachus mating with the Leviathan.

The Tarasque terrorized the Asian lands until Saint Martha came to charm it with hymn and prayer. When she led it back to the village, the people attacked it, and it died without fighting back. Its noble sacrifice helped Saint Martha convert the people to Christianity. Since then, like the Loch Ness monster, people continue to claim to see the head and tail of the Tarasque poking up from the local waters.

About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.


6 Responses to “Destination Truth: Season Two”

  1. Samson77 responds:

    Seriously, this show is a very bad version of blair with project. “Oh man did you see that”, “Im so scared we are going to be eaten” blah blah blah.
    “Get in the tents its raining, run run run”
    Timmahhh!!!

  2. Samson77 responds:

    make that blair witch/cloverdale

  3. springheeledjack responds:

    My biggest problem with the show is the fact that they spend only a bit of time in these places and actually expect to see something or get something (now I understand that probably due to budgetary reasons they only get so much time and money to explore any of these locations).

    It is frustrating to watch the show and continually see them come up with little next to nothing. This weeks’ episode with the footprint was at least something tangible that they came back with…

  4. Spinach Village responds:

    Ive never seen the blair witch thingy….
    I really did love this episode… and the high powered gadgets that Doctor Meldrum had to analyze the cast was pretty cool….

    This is the first time I’ve ever seen “Destination Truth”, but I liked the format a tad bit better than “Monster quest” (a bit more real time oriented)

    … their budget probably inhibits their ability to stay and search a while, but I give them credit for trying if thats the case and it was better than the majority of TV, that is on.. IMO… so I was happy to watch it

  5. Spinach Village responds:

    By the way thanks for the heads up (crypto-show notification)
    :)

  6. Galea responds:

    I agree with spinach, I like Destination Truth’s format a lot better than MonsterQuest. Actually, I’ve found some of MonsterQuest’s episodes to contain false information. They seem to make the show with the belief that they are following old legends and not actual creatures.

    Destination Truth comes from the angle that these creatures may exist, sadly they get basically no time for a serious research. It’s a wonder that they ever find anything with their time available. Which makes the Nepal trip that much more meaningful.



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