Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 17th, 2009
Last weekend’s marathon of hairy beasts is followed by a more watery selection, for this Wednesday night-Thursday morning. (It takes place on the History network, and the times listed are Eastern, so check your local listing.)
MonsterQuest: Killer Jellyfish
Airs on Wednesday June 17 08:00 PM; Thursday June 18 12:00 AM
The most venomous creature of the sea is on the move and spreading across the oceans leaving a trail of baffled scientists and poisoned victims. These gelatinous monsters, which have been known to kill within three minutes, have been part of the ocean’s ecosystem for more than 500 million years. However, changes to the seas and global warming may mean that mankind himself is creating this population explosion. Blooms of these floating death traps have been reported from New York’s Hudson River to the beaches of Spain and have even shut down a nuclear power station in Japan. While little is known about many jellyfish species, new research is unravelling some frightening details: these creatures are not simply drifting blobs, but have an intelligence that proves that they are an apex predator of the sea.
MonsterQuest: Killer Crocs
Airs on Wednesday June 17 09:00 PM; Thursday June 18 01:00 AM
Across the world, people are reporting increasingly frequent encounters with frighteningly large crocodiles. Millions of years ago prehistoric cousins to today’s crocodiles stalked the earth, ate dinosaurs and grew to enormous sizes. Known as ‘Super Crocs’, these massive beasts were apex predators that grew to lengths of up to 40 feet and could weigh as much as eight tons. Today, record-size crocs max out at just over 20 feet, but witnesses are saying crocodiles are getting much bigger. MonsterQuest takes to the mangrove swamps and rivers of Florida where biologists will track down an American Crocodile larger than any seen before. The Science Team also investigates whether the record-sized killer crocodile could actually be a modern day Super Croc.
Using the latest high-tech equipment, MonsterQuest takes a scientific look at legendary creatures around the world, creatures eyewitnesses claim to see to this day. Each episode will examine all the evidence available, from pictures and video to hair and bones, as well as the eyewitness accounts themselves. Believers, skeptics and scientists will weigh in, but what will the evidence reveal?
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.