Alaskan Monster Hunt on youtube

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on July 20th, 2011

For Cryptomundians who live outside the US and were not able to watch the premiere last night, the show has been uploaded to youtube.

I’m sure that it will end up being pulled, but for the moment, it is available.

For the record, Cryptomundo does not condone this, and we are only linking to the videos on youtube, not hosting the videos on our site.

Update: The original videos have been pulled. I have found them uploaded by another user and have changed them out.

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.

36 Responses to “Alaskan Monster Hunt on youtube”

  1. BobbyMadison responds:

    This was one of the most useless television programs I’ve ever seen, regardless of my interest in seeing the entire Caddy footage. All of the ‘Jaws’ music, the endless chortling, drinking…. then going to a freshwater lake to hunt for a creature filmed in saltwater.

    Would sure like to get Loren’s take on what wasn’t shown. There sure were no chasing whales, no ‘family’ of Caddys and no head and neck on that wasted hour program.


  2. markkill123 responds:

    I wonder what Mr. Kirk was thinking? Thought you would enjoy some of his comments in the clip below. I am stunned to learn from him that there are actually “specimens” of caddys. Can’t wait to see those on Discovery when they sign up the Hilton sisters to don form fitting pressurized suits as they inspect these specimens! 🙂

    Enough said. Sigh.

  3. Dolly responds:

    I was so disappointed with this show. Why not do a documentary on Caddy using this piece of footage as the evidence to propel the search? This is just two good ol’boys going fishin…..a total waste of time. Wondered why Discovery channel hadn’t invested in any promotion for the show, now we know.

  4. joelice responds:

    I saw the tv program yesterday premiere and I really lost 1 hour. There is anything new to show, the preview where the only thing that shows caddy. Nothing new; and really was a lost of time.

  5. scaryeyes responds:

    I think I’ve contracted testosterone poisoning after sitting through that.

    I really think the footage is interesting, problem is, they don’t seem to actually want to show it. That same ten seconds, over and over, always cutting to reaction shots. Unless they’re planning to release or broadcast the whole thing at a later date, it’s going to be difficult to glean anything from just that.

  6. ScottAR responds:

    The show was certainly disappointing. For Discovery Channel to debut this footage in this manner was tragic. The footage itself was also underwhelming. If there is better footage than what they showed, I hope they dust it off soon; what they’ve shown so far could be almost anything. I thought the Lake Iliamna footage was slightly more interesting, but then they had to end the show with those two troglodytes throwing dynamite in the water while whooping and hollering. I wonder if those guys are capable of catching a Frisbee, much less a large, unknown aquatic animal.

  7. Peter Von Berg responds:

    I found after about fifteen minutes that the only bearable way to watch these two guys was to turn the sound off, so as not to have to hear two grown men “conversing” like twelve year olds. And where was the promised video of Caddie turning it’s head and looking into the camera? What I did find interesting, though , was the glimpse of something huge swimming under the water from the vantage point of the two guys in the boat.

  8. scaryeyes responds:

    The footage they took at Lake Iliamna was… interesting too, I guess, but it doesn’t look a thing like the objects in the Caddy footage. Thing is, I just don’t believe you can roll up at a lake for such a short stay, make that amount of noise, and get to see the monster so close too – and hook it. If it was that easy, there wouldn’t be a mystery, this would happen all the time. Also, honestly, I’m a little skeptical to what degree “reality” shows like this are sometimes staged, so I’m thinking large pinches of salt needed. As for the bent hook, I don’t suppose it occurred to whichever Mr Hillstrand that was he might have bent it himself yanking it loose from the rocks?

    Also, Steve Irwin would have caught it. Just sayin’. Hooks are for wusses, he’d’ve jumped on its head.

  9. stickyum responds:

    After all the hype about Discovery Channel’s Alaskan Cadborosaurus Previews and then the show last night, I feel totally let down. Expecting to see the full film shot of
    these Cadborosaurus animals, instead we get “teased” with only a short glimpse of these creatures. So, I’m very
    disappointed. I was expecting to be “wowed”, not put to sleep! Anyway, perhaps there’s still a chance, that some science foundation or finacially credible group will take up where the Goofballs at Discovery Channel left us all “hanging-out-to dry”! We can Hope!

  10. red_pill_junkie responds:

    Spare me the pain guys: at what minute of the show is the actual footage shown?

  11. sonofthedestroyer responds:

    Very interesting footage. But like i expected, the media loves to play mind games with us on these issues. It was irritating to say the least but its no surprise.
    There was definitely something in that clip. I just hope i get to see the full version properly soon

  12. John Kirk responds:

    markill123, of course there were specimens of Caddy obtained over the years. The most famous is the 1937 Naden Harbour carcass which you can see photos of at the BCSCC web site.

    Captain William Hagelund, Terry Osland and two fishermen from Ganges Harbour all obtained juvenile specimens which they released because they did not understand the importance of what they had found. In my estimation that is four specimens.

    We know that the Naden Harbour carcass was sent on tour by the owners of the American Whaling company and was last exhibited at Bellevue, Washington in late 1937 or early 1938.

    We do not know what happened to it after that and we continue to search for records as to where it might have gone.

    I will be posting my comments on Alaskan Monster Hunt after I have seen it and not a minute before, but from what I gather from everyone’s comments, they failed to show the footage in its entirety. If that is the case then they did the footage a huge injustice.

    More when I’ve seen it.

  13. Sinnbox responds:

    I wonder if they were only allowed to buy that small clip. possibly the owner is selling it off in small chunks… or they are saving it for a suture show… make the most money on it they can.

  14. mizzknight responds:

    Such great footage turned into a mockery! It as like watching two drunk frat boys and during the hook bending scene there was an underwater cam. But at the most interesting moment of the show (when the monster supposedly appeared),no more under water shots. COME ON PEOPLE!!!

  15. John Kirk responds:

    Sinnbox my friend, Original Productions, who made that episode for Discovery own the footage lock, stock and two smoking barrels. I don’t know why they didn’t show all the footage when they have a gem in their hands. You might be right mate, they might be saving it for another film or they just don’t realize the value of what they’ve got.

    If all you folks in America saw was that one clip, then you were shortchanged. I warned of this happening over and over again, but it seems like people who don’t follow the threads here properly did not read what I said. I very much still stand by the original footage which I think is terrific. If it’s not Cadborosaurus then it is some other form of cryptid the likes we have never seen except for the Naden Harbour carcass which myself and other believe to be an adolescent Caddy.

  16. springheeledjack responds:

    I can’t say any more than what’s already been said. What we saw here on Cryptomundo was what they showed on the show. What a waste.

  17. springheeledjack responds:

    I’m definitely heading to Discovery to give them my 2 cents worth…

  18. Doomguy responds:

    Hello, long time lurker, first time poster.

    I watched the whole thing on YouTube since it hasn’t aired in my country yet (not even sure it will), but I’ve been reading people’s reactions since it aired in the States, and I have to say I share everyone’s disappointment.

    Going through all the possibilities in my head.. from “that’s all the footage there is, we were lied to”, to “IT’S A CONSPIRACY, THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL WILL KEEP IT UNDER WRAPS”, I can only reach one conclusion: the complete footage exists, and it WILL see the light of day one way or another.

    In all my basic understanding of how TV networks operate, I can tell you those 5 seconds aren’t worth 75,000 dollars. It’s gotta be longer, and it’s gotta show something extremely weird. If the Discovery Channel payed 75 grand for this, I’m pretty sure it’s worth it, and they WILL try to make the most out of it.
    Some people keep telling me that the complete footage simply doesn’t exist, that it was all exaggeration and miscommunication. Well, during the “reaction shots”, the fisherman talks about the shape of the creatures’ heads. I don’t know about you, but I can’t see anything that resembles a head in the footage we got to see, so I think he’s talking about something that was left out.

    Also, this was labeled as Cadborosaurus footage from the very beginning. Not “sea monster”, not “Loch-Ness-type-of-creature”: Cadborosaurus. Meaning whoever first referred to it as such saw something that made it clear in their mind that these were Cadborosauruses. Again, nothing in the video we saw allows such a conclusion.

    If the complete footage is as clear as it’s said to be, the Discovery Channel won’t pass on the opportunity to make money with it, not to mention they would be the first ones showing the world a new species, which I want to believe still means something to them, greedy ***holes or not. There’s not a single reason why they wouldn’t show the whole thing eventually. Other than the footage not existing, I guess. The believer in me wants to think it exists. I wouldn’t worry about the network not releasing it. It’ll happen sooner or later, like it happened with the footage we got to see. As bad as it was, we did get to see some of it, and we thought it was never going to happen. I’ll be waiting.

    Sorry if that was too long, and sorry about the basic English, etc. 😉

  19. rwillmore responds:


    Perhaps Aliens stole the real Caddy footage. Yes, of course, this must be the case. I bet even Matt Moneymaker blushed when he saw this. “Hell, I’ve been working WAY too hard.”

  20. THE REAL CMAC responds:

    ugh, I really try to contain my excitement over things like this, especially when you have people that have actually seen the footage saying this is the real deal no doubt…..then we see what we saw, wow, this looks like a million other crappy film that i have seen on the internet and elsewhere. Where are the adolescents? where are the adults? All i see are some “humps” which could just be waves and a lead object that could be anything, I thought the creature was supposed to raise its head and look at the camera? And if for gods sake if they have better footage WHY not use it????? This drives me absolutely crazy..and that is my two cents, which is 1 cent more than i would pay to watch this film again

  21. joedastudd responds:

    Thanks for posting the links.
    Unfortunately they were already removed, fortunately someone else had uploaded them.

    The fish they hook looks like a white sturgeon to me.

    Such a shame we only got a small glimpse of the original footage.

  22. markkill123 responds:

    Thanks for coming forward John and we all hoped here that we were indeed short changed on the footage! I really hope that Discovery is just toying with us.

    I would like to say though…..I would love for this to turn out much differently in the future, however I do not believe you do any of us justice or this niche of science justice by claiming “specimens”. Here is the definition of a “specimen” –noun

    1. a part or an individual taken as exemplifying a whole mass or number; a typical animal, plant, mineral, part, etc.

    2. (in medicine, microbiology, etc.) a sample of a substance or material for examination or study: a urine specimen; a tissue specimen.

    All you have is a series of black and white photographs and hearsay from some fishermen that ahem…didn’t know what they had so released 3 or 4 juveniles? Really John? We have no specimens or they would be in some lab being studied. We have “alleged” specimens.

    The clips that were shown in your interview for me were unfortunately typically unclear with no real definition although you seemed to see all sorts of factual definition in them which for me makes it doubtful that your description of what you allegedly saw in the full footage is what most of us would consider clear and definitive. But I love your enthusiasm! 🙂

    I clearly understand your passion and applaud your enthusiasm and commitment! I just wish more in the crypto world would choose words carefully which implies the use of scientifically recognized nomenclature and not just emotional assumptions. I hope you and Paul can persuade anyone you know to allow a more scientific study of the footage, all of the footage if it really exists. Thanks again for what you and your group do!

  23. red_pill_junkie responds:

    Overreaction edition when dealing with mundane explanations, for the purpose of entertainment and drama.

    Underreaction edition when dealing with astounding events and evidence, for the purpose of maximizing profit and maintaining the status quo.

    Don’t y’all love XXIth century television? :-/

  24. Craig Woolheater responds:


    I have exchanged the links to the youtube videos with another uploaded version.

    So for now, the video is still active.

    Carry on.

  25. scaryeyes responds:

    I think even if there’s not much more than what we’re seeing, a full three minutes of it would still be extremely interesting (and I see no reason to believe anyone has lied about the length of the original footage) and would probably give you a better impression of what you’re looking at. I don’t think it’s completely conclusive footage, but then I don’t think John Kirk or anyone else ever said it was. I think it’s pretty obvious the Discovery Channel are just seeing it as a means to promote this show rather than something worthy of serious investigation in its own right. Unfortunately, I think that has to do with the “sea monster” stigma rather than the quality of the footage. A show like this is never going to show three solid minutes of crypto-footage, its target audience just doesn’t have the concentration span.

    I really hope they’ll make the whole thing available somehow/somewhere but unfortunately you don’t just give away something you paid $75,000 dollars for. I hope there’s another, better show in the works, but I don’t have a lot of faith.

  26. BunniesLair responds:

    I didn’t make it through the whole show I will be honest. Though it doesn’t sound like I missed much.

    However I thought it was interesting that this supposedly happened at Lake Iliamna.

    Why Interesting? Because I had just gotten through watching a re-run of “River Monsters” hosted by Angler Jeremy Wade where he also investigates a ‘river monster’ in Lake Iliamna, that he surmises is a White Sturgeon.

    Seems to me, those boys saw Jeremy’s show and decided to capitalize on it.

    Call me a cynic, but I think that’s what happened.

  27. THE REAL CMAC responds:

    “It must be able to breath water because it goes down!” LOL He says this right after the “creature” apparently takes a breath at the surface…….Anyways it almost looks like that might be a fin or appendage making the splash and not a blowhole?

  28. red_pill_junkie responds:

    “Cryptozoologists —we looked that up!”

    Probably the only time these two have ever grabbed a dictionary. 😛

  29. Kris responds:

    What a disappointment. I have been looking forward to this footage since it was first announced. The show was a joke and it is a huge disappointment they did not show the film in its entirety.

    Is there anything we can do to see this footage? Who can we contact and bother about showing this footage completely…

  30. TimmyRyan65 responds:

    Hi Everyone!

    After reading John Kirk’s post, I dug a little and found the contact info for Original Productions, the folks that produced Alaskan Monster Hunt for The Discovery Channel.

    Original Productions
    308 W. Verdugo Ave
    Burbank, CA 91502

    Feel free to contact them via all means necessary!

    I just may call them tomorrow! I don’t want to wait another 8-10 months to see the footage! 😉

    Good Luck!

  31. Opalman responds:

    Well folks…Discovery Channel has done it again. The Hillstrand’s antics are at least somewhat entertaining; unlike the casts of other crypto-documentary series recently aired on the channel. For those who have never watched, you should check out the ‘Deadliest Catch’ series. It demonstrates what the DC is capable of producing when they need to; very real, true high adventure.

    BTW; I have heard of reliable reports of belugas or beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) being observed in Lake Illiamna. That’s what the white creature that maneuvered beside the boat in shallow water looked like to me. The fact that it sprayed water seems to give credence to that possibility. (blow hole)
    It girth was much too wide to have been a sturgeon. White sturgeons are not white except their undersides, which are whitish-grey.

  32. Jason P. responds:

    By the way, Craig, these statements are contradictory:

    “For the record, Cryptomundo does not condone this, and we are only linking to the videos on youtube, not hosting the videos on our site.”

    By posting links to illegally displayed videos, you are tacitly condoning the conduct. I personally feel that Cryptomundo should not be posting links like this.

  33. red_pill_junkie responds:


    I agree with your opinion that the underwater ‘blob’ that was shown at the end of the show was probably a Beluga. In any case it was white-colored, whereas the ‘thing’ captured in the footage in dispute was dark, and so was the creature reported in the several anecdotal accounts used during the program.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if we later find out the two guys knew it was a Beluga all along, and the uncertainty shown in the show was a deliberate editing maneuver of the Discovery channel… the same way they wanted to add drama at the expense of Matt Moneymaker on the Finding Bigfoot show.

  34. Massachusetts responds:

    They kept inter-cutting the action on the boat with under water shots, then suddenly they have this giant thing next to the boat you can just barely see from the surface, and they don’t have any under water shots, nor do they make any attempts to get under water video shots? What’s wrong with this picture?

    They also find bent hooks and partly eaten bait, but they don’t send the results out for DNA analysis? I thought crypto documentaries loved to send samples out for DNA analysis?

    If they were really expecting to hook a large “sea monster,” they would really do it by pulling line in by hand? They’d get their arms ripped off or something.

    This was very contrived–more so than “Finding Bigfoot” or other shows.

  35. lukedog 1 responds:

    Thanks for the links Craig. Great to keep up with events on your site. New Zealand will never get around to airing said episode.

  36. thylo responds:

    i watched this episaode on youtube (Canada here), and I did not see anything compelling in the video footage shown to make me think that the creatures caught on film were anything more than a pod of cetaceans… porpoises/ small dolphins to my mind.

    if not for the rearward exhalation, then it could even have been phocids, otariids, or otters for all we can tell.

    none of us likely know the man who took this footage, so we should have no problem being skeptical as to its authenticity. if anyone here does know him and would claim to be of good character and all that… all that means is that he has not acted in a dubious manner before. there is nothing preventing an upright citizen from engaging in a hoax, such as claiming that a pod of porpoises is actually a contingent of sea monsters.

    why would anyone do such a thing? there are a million and one reasons why, but it only takes one to appeal to someone. did the videographer benefit in any known way from this presentation? just a rhetorical question to leave this issue on.

    the only interesting event in the episode was the large white object seen “swimming” under the boat when the Hillstranded crew, who were not the original videographers i must point out, went looking in Lake Iliamna.

    I love “River Monsters”, but I don’t think that Jeremy Wade gave Lake Iliamna as thorough an investigation as it required, and the white object under the Hillstrands’ boat shows that.

    Please, Mr. Wade…. YOU go back to Iliamna… I think I speak for most when I say that the Hillstrands just made me lose a couple hundred thousand brain cells in one viewing. There is a reason i despise reality T.V., and good ole boys chucking explosives into a lake and chuckling about it is a fair summation of their suitability and capability.

    I vote that from here on in, Jeremy Wade handles all investigations of Lake Iliamna… and opens up a “Sea Monsters” spinoff so that we can get him on to the Cadborosaurus as well. 🙂

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