Saturday, March 7, 2009

MONSTERQUEST: Gators in the Sewer

History Channel - Original Air date: 3/4/09

Everybody knows the stories of alligators in the sewers of New York City.  The stories stretch back to the 1930s and earlier, and this show relates several colorful stories from those times.  Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman suggests that the NYC authorities may be covering up the gators' existence.  The show puts together an expedition with the usual trackers, cameras, remote robots, and even a lure that makes noises like a baby gator.  The show also details numerous eyewitness reports of gator attacks, and shows a capture a of a rogue gator in the south.  The MQ investigators turn up nothing (surprise, surprise), though the show believes it has proved there is enough food and warmth in the sewers for gators to survive.  They do, however, turn up a (not so) scary salamander.  Again, if you're looking for info on this urban legend, this show is a good primer.  If you're looking for monsters, look elsewhere.

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