[River Monsters] Season 05/ Episode 06- LEGEND OF LOCH NESS [HD-1080p]


MY NAME IS JEREMY WADE. FOR 30 YEARS,
I’VE TRAVELED THE WORLD IN SEARCH
OF LEGENDARY RIVER MONSTERS. I THINK
THAT HE WOULD HAVE DROWNED. IT’S THE MOST BRUTAL THING
YOU’LL EVER WITNESS. [ GIRL SCREAMS ] THIS FISH COULD TAKE
A SMALL PERSON IN ONE MOUTHFUL. [ CHILD SCREAMS ] I’VE UNCOVERED CREATURES THAT PEOPLE DIDN’T BELIEVE
WERE OUT THERE. THEY DO EXIST. THEY DO EXIST. BUT ALL THE TIME,
THERE’S BEEN SOMETHING LURKING IN MY OWN BACKYARD, UNMENTIONED, IGNORED, BUT WHOSE LEGEND LOOMS LARGER
THAN ANY OTHER. THE MOTHER OF ALL
FRESHWATER-MONSTER MYTHS — LOCH NESS. I HAD DRAWN A LINE
AT THIS CHALLENGE, BUT I’VE LEARNED OVER THE YEARS THAT THERE’S NO SMOKE
WITHOUT FIRE. AND NOW, I CAN’T IGNORE
THE LEGEND ANY LONGER, BUT CAN I GET ANY CLOSER
TO THE CREATURE AT ITS HEART? ON AN EPIC JOURNEY THAT TURNS
INTO A PERSONAL OBSESSION, I TRAVEL
FROM THE DEPTHS OF LOCH NESS TO REMOTE HIGHLANDS AND BEYOND IN MY QUEST TO REVEAL WHAT’S BEHIND
THE LEGEND OF LOCH NESS. — Captions by VITAC —
www.vitac.com CAPTIONS PAID FOR BY
DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS THE LEGEND
OF THE LOCH NESS MONSTER IS KNOWN ALL AROUND THE WORLD. AND WHETHER YOU BELIEVE THERE
IS A CREATURE IN THERE OR NOT, NO ONE CAN DOUBT THE STORY’S
GRIP ON THE IMAGINATION. OFTEN IN MY INVESTIGATIONS, I ONLY HAVE
ONE VAGUE REPORT TO GO ON, BUT AT LOCH NESS, THERE MAY HAVE BEEN MORE THAN
1,000 SIGHTINGS. THIS MYSTERY IS SWAMPED
WITH ALLEGED EVIDENCE THAT I HAVE TO WADE THROUGH. MANY OF THE REPORTS HAVE
CONFLICTING DESCRIPTIONS, SO IT’S VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO
PICK OUT THE SHREDS OF TRUTH. AND WE NOW KNOW THAT SOME OF
THE MOST ICONIC MONSTER PHOTOS ARE FAKES. SEPARATING THE FACT
FROM THE FANTASY THAT SURROUNDS
THIS LEGENDARY RIVER MONSTER IS GONNA BE
A MONUMENTAL CHALLENGE. THIS LOCH
IS MORE THAN DEEP ENOUGH TO HIDE A MONSTROUS SECRET, BUT WHAT IS IT? THE LOCH CUTS THROUGH THE HEART
OF THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS, BUT BEFORE HEADING THERE, I START MY INVESTIGATION
IN SCOTLAND’S OLDEST MUSEUM, THE HUNTERIAN IN GLASGOW. [ CROWS CAWING ] I’M HERE TO EXAMINE
A VERY SPECIAL EXHIBIT. THIS IS THE FOSSILIZED SKELETON OF A PREHISTORIC AQUATIC REPTILE
CALLED A PLESIOSAUR. FOR MANY PEOPLE, THIS IS WHAT
THEY’VE COME TO BELIEVE THE LOCH NESS MONSTER IS, BUT IT’S HARD FOR ME
TO FULLY EMBRACE THAT IDEA. AND NOT BECAUSE
THIS CREATURE’S PREHISTORIC. MANY OF THE MONSTERS I’VE
CAUGHT IN MY INVESTIGATIONS SWAM IN RIVERS AND SEAS AT THE SAME TIME
AS THE PLESIOSAUR. THIS IS A TRUE DINOSAUR
OF THE DEEP. AND NOT BECAUSE OF SPACE. THE LOCH IS BIG ENOUGH
AND DEEP ENOUGH TO HIDE A CREATURE THIS LARGE. FOR ME, THE MAJOR ISSUE
WITH THIS THEORY IS THE FACT THAT THE PLESIOSAUR
IS A REPTILE. NOW, ALL REPTILES, EVEN THOSE THAT LIVE IN WATER,
ARE AIR BREATHERS. THIS ANIMAL WOULD HAVE TO COME
TO THE SURFACE SEVERAL TIMES EVERY DAY
TO BREATHE, AND SURFACING MAKES YOU VISIBLE. NOW, I FIND IT
VERY HARD TO BELIEVE THAT A LAKE AS
HIGHLY SCRUTINIZED AS LOCH NESS COULD HIDE AN AIR BREATHER
FOR SO LONG. SO, IF HIS MONSTER ISN’T HIDING
IN THE VAST SCOTTISH LOCH, WHAT IS? [ GROWL ] LOCH NESS IS
THE LARGEST FRESHWATER LAKE IN GREAT BRITAIN. MORE THAN 700 FEET DEEP
AND 22 MILES LONG, IT FILLS A CHANNEL
CARVED BY GLACIERS ALONG A FAULT LINE CREATED WHEN THE LAND MASS
CARRYING SCOTLAND CRASHED INTO SCANDINAVIA
400 MILLION YEARS AGO. ANCIENT, DARK, AND VERY COLD, THE LOCH’S SECRETS HIDE
IN ITS LIGHTLESS WATERS. MOST OF THE MYSTERIES THAT I
INVESTIGATE ARE FAIRLY OBSCURE, KNOWN ONLY
TO A FEW LOCAL PEOPLE, BUT THIS CASE
IS VERY DIFFERENT. LOCH NESS IS A PLACE
THAT IS KNOWN ABOUT WORLDWIDE. BUT DOES THAT MEAN THAT
LOOKING UNDER THE SURFACE HERE IS TOO MUCH TO TAKE ON? I HAVE TO BELIEVE IT ISN’T. PEOPLE HAVE ALWAYS SAID THERE’S SOMETHING SINISTER
IN THE WATER HERE, BUT IT TOOK UNTIL
THE EARLY 20th CENTURY FOR THE MONSTER
TO FINALLY SURFACE. BEFORE THE 1930s, THIS ROAD THAT
I’M DRIVING ON DIDN’T EXIST, SO THERE WASN’T REALLY ACCESS FOR PEOPLE TO GET
TO THE SITE OF THE LOCH HERE, BUT AS SOON AS THE ROAD
WAS IN PLACE, WELL, THAT WAS WHEN
THE FAMOUS SIGHTINGS HAPPENED, THAT’S WHEN
THE LOCH NESS MONSTER ACQUIRED
ITS INTERNATIONAL FAME. THE MOST FAMOUS SIGHTING
HAPPENED IN 1933, WHEN A LOCAL COUPLE,
MR. AND MRS. MACKAY, WERE DRIVING ALONG THE NEWLY
IMPROVED INVERNESS ROAD. SUDDENLY,
MRS. MACKAY CAUGHT SIGHT OF A GIANT CREATURE IN THE
WATER WITH A WHALE-LIKE BACK. BUT BY THE TIME HER HUSBAND
HAD STOPPED THE CAR… …IT HAD GONE. THE LOCAL PAPER PUBLISHED
A REPORT USING THE WORD “MONSTER” IN CONNECTION WITH THE LOCH
FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME, AND A LEGEND WAS BORN. AROUND A MILLION PEOPLE A YEAR
VISIT THIS PART OF SCOTLAND, MANY HOPING TO GET A GLIMPSE
OF THE MONSTER. SOME SEARCH FOR A LIFETIME
IN VAIN. BUT VAL MOFFAT HAD ONLY BEEN
LIVING ON THE LOCH FOR A YEAR WHEN, JUST LIKE THE MACKAYS, SHE SPOTTED SOMETHING
FROM THE ROAD. I WAS DRIVING UP THE HILL. I’D COME BACK FROM INVERNESS. I LOOK ACROSS THE BAY. I SAW THIS DARK LUMP
IN THE WATER, SORT OF SLATE-GREY COLORS. SHINY FROM THE WATER
THAT WAS ALL OVER IT. IT LOOKED LIKE A BOAT
THAT HAD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN, AND I THOUGHT, “WHAT’S THAT?” “CRIKEY, IT’S GOT TO BE
THE MONSTER.” I WOULD HAVE LOVED TO HAVE
PULLED IN AND WATCHED IT, BUT THERE WAS TRAFFIC CLOSE
BEHIND ME. IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO STOP. I GLANCED MAYBE THREE,
FOUR TIMES. AND THE FINAL TIME,
IT WAS GONE. Wade: SO, HOW DID YOU KNOW
THAT THIS THING WAS ALIVE? IT WAS A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
SIZE TO THE WAVE, AND IT WAS STILL. IT WASN’T MOVING
LIKE THE WAVES DO. I’VE NEVER SEEN A WAVE
AS BIG AS IT. THERE WAS A LADY WHO LIVED
‘ROUND THE CORNER, AND SHE HAD SEEN IT 13 TIMES, AND SHE SAW EXACTLY THE SAME
AS I DID. RIGHT, THAT’S INTERESTING. SO, THE — THE SORT
OF STEREOTYPICAL PICTURE THAT WE ALL HAVE OF MANY LOOPS
OR A BODY AND THEN A NECK, THE ACTUAL PEOPLE WHO’VE — WHO LIVED HERE AND HAVE SEEN
SOMETHING, IT’S ALL — IT’S NOT LIKE THAT. IT’S MORE LIKE
AN UPTURNED BOAT HULL. YES, DEFINITELY. I THINK IT’S JUST SOMETHING
WITH A SOLID BODY. VAL IS VERY CLEAR THAT
WHAT SHE SAW WAS THE MONSTER, AND SHE ALSO KNOWS OTHER PEOPLE
WHO’VE SEEN IT, AND WHAT THEY SAW
WAS THE SAME THING, WHICH VERY DEFINITELY WASN’T
THIS MULTI-HUMPED SEA SERPENT THAT IS THE COMMON DEPICTION
OF THE MONSTER. IT’S TIME TO START APPLYING
MY MONSTER-HUNTING SKILLS TO GET TO THE BOTTOM
OF THIS MYSTERY. THE WORD “LOCH”
IS THE SCOTTISH-GAELIC NAME FOR A LAKE OR SEA INLET, AND THIS ONE IS SO VAST THAT IT
COULD ALMOST SWALLOW MANHATTAN. ALTHOUGH IT’S IN MY BACKYARD, THIS WILL BE THE FIRST TIME
I’VE CAST A LINE INTO ITS DARK,
UNFATHOMABLE WATERS. CLEARLY, I’M NOT EXPECTING TO
PULL OUT A MONSTER RIGHT AWAY. MY FIRST STEP IS TO FIND OUT WHAT FISH
IT COULD BE FEEDING ON. SO, THIS IS REALLY FISHING
AT ITS SIMPLEST. THIS IS THE CLASSIC THING THE LITTLE BOY DOES
WHEN HE FIRST GOES FISHING. IT’S JUST A WORM — OR A NIGHT CRAWLER,
AS THEY’RE SOMETIMES CALLED — ON A HOOK. CAST IT OUT. IT’S GOT MOVEMENT.
IT’S GOT SMELL. WHAT COULD RESIST THAT? I’VE NO CLUE WHAT MIGHT BE
LURKING BENEATH US, BUT IF SOMETHING IS TEMPTED
BY MY WRIGGLING BAIT, THEN IT WILL GIVE ME
MY FIRST INSIGHT INTO THE DARK DEPTHS OF THE WORLD’S
MOST MYSTERIOUS BODY OF WATER. HERE WE GO, HERE WE GO,
HERE WE GO. [ MAN SPEAKS INDISTINCTLY ]
I THINK SO. IT LOOKS LIKE I’VE HOOKED THE
SLIMIEST CREATURE IN THE LOCH. ONE OF
THE STEREOTYPICAL PICTURES OF THE LOCH NESS MONSTER IS SOMETHING
THAT’S QUITE SNAKE-LIKE. IT’S A LONG ANIMAL WITH HUMPS
WHICH POKE OUT OF THE WATER, AND HERE WE GO. THIS IS A SNAKE-LIKE FISH
THAT LIVES IN THE WATER. THIS IS A FRESHWATER EEL. THIS SLIPPERY PREDATOR
IS A NATIVE FISH ONCE CAUGHT HERE FOR FOOD,
BUT NOW CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. THE ONLY THING IS, THIS ONE IS PROBABLY
THREE-QUARTERS OF A POUND, SOMETHING LIKE THAT. BUT AT THE VERY BIGGEST,
YOU’RE GONNA GET ONE HERE, FOUR OR FIVE POUNDS, MAYBE,
SO, WHAT, THREE, FOUR FEET LONG. THE WORLD’S BIGGEST
FRESHWATER EELS, CALLED LONGFINS,
LIVE IN NEW ZEALAND. AHH!
LOOK AT THAT! LOOK AT THAT, LOOK AT THAT,
LOOK AT THAT, LOOK AT THAT! AHH! AS MASSIVE AS THEY ARE,
POSSIBLY REACHING 8-FOOT, EVEN THEY WOULDN’T MEASURE UP
THE LEGEND OF THIS LOCH. THE QUESTION IS,
COULD THE EUROPEAN EEL BE FOOD
FOR A MUCH LARGER CREATURE? ONE THAT SOMEHOW REMAINS
HIDDEN? I CARRY ON FISHING, BUT THE ONLY CREATURES BITING
ARE MORE EELS. LOTS OF FISH, BUT ALL THE SAME SPECIES
AND ALL SMALL, AS WELL. BUT I THINK JUST LOOKING AROUND, IT JUST HAS THE FEEL OF A LAKE
THAT’S NOT VERY PRODUCTIVE. IF YOU FOLLOW THE LINE
OF THE HILLSIDE, THIS IS JUST GONNA PLUNGE DOWN
INTO THE DEPTHS. SO, YOU HAVEN’T REALLY GOT
THE SUNLIT SHALLOWS THAT GIVE THAT NICE, WEEDY BASE
TO THE FOOD PYRAMID HERE. SO, COMPARED TO A LOT OF PLACES
I’VE BEEN TO BEFORE, THIS HAS
A SOMEWHAT LIFELESS FEEL TO IT. SO, I’M BEGINNING TO WONDER WHETHER THESE EXTREMELY DEEP,
DARK WATERS ARE ABLE TO SUPPORT
MUCH LIFE AT ALL WHEN I COME ACROSS A SCIENTIST
WHO DOES BELIEVE THAT A VERY LARGE CREATURE
COULD BE PATROLLING THE DEPTHS OF THE LOCH. SOMETHING PRIMITIVE. REPTILIAN. VERY MONSTROUS-LOOKING. I’M FISHING LOCH NESS ON THE TRAIL OF THE WORLD’S
MOST FAMOUS RIVER MONSTER. SO FAR, THE LOCH
HAS HELD ONTO ITS SECRETS, AND I’VE ONLY MANAGED
TO BRING UP EELS FROM ITS EXTRAORDINARILY
DEEP WATERS. I NEED SOME INSIDE INFORMATION. FISHERMAN ALEX SUTHERLAND CAUGHT HIS FIRST SALMON
FROM THE LOCH 50 YEARS AGO AND KNOWS MUCH OF
THE CENTURIES-OLD FOLKLORE THAT SURROUNDS
THIS MYSTERIOUS LAKE. Sutherland: THERE IS SOMETHING
DIFFERENT ABOUT THE PLACE. THERE IS SOMETHING MORE THAN
JUST A NATURAL PHENOMENA. THERE’S A PRESENCE, AND, OF COURSE,
GOING BACK FURTHER IN LEGEND, THE WATER KELPIE,
THE FABLED WATER HORSE THAT WOULD COME OUT
OF A BODY OF WATER AND RUN AWAY WITH YOUR
CHILDREN AND SUBMERGE AGAIN. IT WAS A VERY REAL FEAR
IN THE MINDS OF EARLY SETTLERS. HAVE YOU EVER SEEN ANYTHING
UNUSUAL OUT ON THE LOCH? WELL, YOU’RE NOT
THE FIRST PERSON TO ASK ME THAT. I’VE GOT AN OPEN MIND,
AND IT MAY WELL BE THERE’S SOMETHING
I’VE YET TO SEE OUT THERE. ALEX TOLD ME ANOTHER STORY OF AN ANCIENT WRITTEN ACCOUNT
OF THE MONSTER SAVAGELY ATTACKING
AND KILLING A MAN HERE AROUND 1,500 YEARS AGO. IF TRUE, THIS COULD BE
A GAME CHANGER. IT’S THE FIRST INDICATION THAT THE BEAST
I’M TRYING TO HUNT DOWN MAY NOT BE AN ELUSIVE,
GENTLE GIANT SPOTTED FROM AFAR, BUT INSTEAD, A MAN HUNTER. THIS LOCH DOESN’T LOOK AS MURKY AS MOST OF THE FRESHWATER
I FISH IN, SO, I CAN’T PASS UP
THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE FOR MYSELF
WHAT LIVES BELOW THE SURFACE OF THE WORLD’S
MOST MYSTERIOUS LAKE. THE WATER IS TRANSLUCENT, BUT STAINED DARK
THE COLOR OF TEA BY PEAT WASHED DOWN
FROM THE BOGS THAT SMOTHER
THE SURROUNDING MOUNTAINS. THE DEEPER I GO,
THE DARKER IT BECOMES, UNTIL IT IS LITERALLY
PITCH BLACK. THIS WATER,
VERY, VERY INTERESTING. CLOSE IN,
YOU CAN SEE THE BOTTOM. THERE’S THIS ILLUSION
OF CLARITY, BUT IF YOU FOLLOW
THE BOTTOM OUT, THERE’S A SUDDEN SHOULDER, AND IT JUST PLUNGES DOWN
INTO DEEP WATER. YOU LOOK OUT THERE,
AND IT’S JUST BLACK. AND IT’S NOT SILT. IT’S THIS STAIN
THAT THE WATER’S GOT. IT JUST EATS UP THE LIGHT. IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO SEE IF THERE
IS A MONSTER IN HERE OR NOT. OFTEN, MY QUEST FOR MONSTERS TAKES ME TO THE OTHER SIDE
OF THE WORLD. LOCH NESS
IS VIRTUALLY ON MY DOORSTEP, BUT HAS THAT MADE ME
UNDERESTIMATE WHAT COULD BE STALKING
ITS VAST, DARK WATERS? OUT IN THE DEPTHS, THERE COULD BE SOMETHING
THE SIZE OF A SUBMARINE. YOU JUST WOULDN’T SEE IT. IT’S REALLY,
REALLY QUITE SPOOKY. AND IT’S ALSO PRETTY COLD. I’M LOOKING FORWARD
TO GETTING OUT. IF THERE IS A GIANT CREATURE
IN THIS WATER, THEN IT HAS TO BE CAPABLE OF
HUNTING IN THE INKY DARKNESS, MAYBE MORE THAN
700 FEET DOWN. MAYBE ITS PREY
IS HIDING DOWN THERE, TOO. I JUST CAN’T TELL, BUT FROM WHAT I’VE SEEN,
I’M STARTING TO HAVE MY DOUBTS. ARE THERE ENOUGH FISH IN
THIS LOCH TO SUPPORT A MONSTER? IF THERE IS SOMETHING OUT THERE, SOMETHING
THAT COULD HAVE INSPIRED EVEN ONE OF THESE REPORTS, THEN WHAT AM I LOOKING FOR? A GIANT, FRESHWATER PREDATOR THAT HUNTS IN THE COLD
AND THE DARK. IT CAN STAY HIDDEN
FOR YEARS ON END. THE QUESTION IS,
IS THIS EVEN POSSIBLE? I’M HOPING ONE MAN MIGHT HAVE
SOME ANSWERS. SCIENTIST ADRIAN SHINE HAS SCRUTINIZED
THESE OBSCURE WATERS FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS. HE’S RESPONSIBLE
FOR THE MOST AUDACIOUS SURVEY EVER UNDERTAKEN ON THE LOCH,
OPERATION DEEPSCAN. AT THE TIME IN THE 1980s, IT COST MORE THAN $1 MILLION AND EMPLOYED 20 VESSELS TRAVELING THE ENTIRE LENGTH
OF THE LOCH, SCANNING ITS DEPTHS
WITH A CURTAIN OF SONAR. THEY DIDN’T FIND A MONSTER, AND ADRIAN BELIEVES
THAT THE SURFACE ACTION OF THE 700-FOOT-DEEP LOCH
CAN BE DECEIVING, CREATING ILLUSIONS
IN THE WAVES. YOU’VE ONLY GOT TO LOOK
AT BOAT WAVES ON A CALM DAY, AND YOU WILL SEE LOTS AND LOTS
OF MULTI-HUMPED SEA SERPENTS, AND THIS WAS RECOGNIZED BY THE EARLY INVESTIGATORS
OF THE SUBJECT. FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY, LARGE BOATS HAVE SAILED
THE 22-MILE LONG LOCH PARALLEL TO SHORE, SENDING OUT ROLLING WAKES
BEHIND THEM. THESE CAN STILL BE DISTURBING
THE SURFACE HALF AN HOUR
AFTER THE BOAT HAS GONE, AND THEY ARE CLEARLY VISIBLE
FROM THE ROAD. A BIT MORE DIFFICULT TO EXPLAIN
THE PLESIOSAUR, THAT MARINE
REPTILE CONTEMPORARY WITH THE DINOSAURS WITH
THE LONG NECK, THE SINGLE HUMP. WATER BIRDS MIGHT ACCOUNT
FOR THAT. THERE ARE A HOST OF THINGS
THAT CAN ACCOUNT FOR IT. LOGS CAN BE SEEN FLOATING
ON LOCH NESS. LOGS CAN BE SEEN APPARENTLY
SWIMMING AGAINST THE WIND. THE STEREOTYPES, AND, CERTAINLY,
THE CLASSIC PICTURES, THEY HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT IS ACTUALLY LIVING —
MAYBE — OR BE SEEN IN LOCH NESS,
BUT IT DOESN’T MEAN THAT MONSTROUS THINGS
CANNOT BE SEEN THERE. BUT IS IT POSSIBLE, THOUGH, THAT
IF YOU DISCOUNT THE BOAT WAKES AND THINGS LIKE
FLOATING LOGS, THAT THERE STILL COULD BE
SOMETHING ANIMATE IN HERE? THE FISH THAT WE HAVE IN HERE —
SALMON, THE BROWN TROUT, THE SEA TROUT,
THE ARCTIC CHAR — ALL THOSE FISH HAVE COME UP
FROM THE SEA. UP THE SEVEN MILES
OF THE RIVER NESS. DOES THAT LEAVE ROOM
FOR POSSIBLY A LARGE CREATURE COMING UP THE RIVER
FROM THE SEA? WE’VE BECOME AWARE
OVER THE LAST 20 YEARS THAT SEALS ENTER THE LOCH
QUITE OFTEN. THEY FOLLOW THE SALMON UP,
AND THEY LEAVE AGAIN, BECAUSE THEY WOULDN’T BE
SUSTAINED BY THE LOCH. MALE GRAY SEALS CAN GROW TO ALMOST 8 FEET
AND 700 POUNDS. COULD AN EVEN LARGER CREATURE MAKE ITS WAY IN HERE
FROM THE SEA? THERE IS ANOTHER CANDIDATE
THAT I’M GUILTY OF SUGGESTING, WHICH COULD CONCEIVABLY
BE INVOLVED — THE STURGEON. THE STURGEON
IS A VERY PRIMITIVE, REPTILIAN-LOOKING FISH. IT’S VERY LARGE,
VERY MONSTROUS-LOOKING. IT IS CONCEIVABLE THAT THE OCCASIONAL, NAVIGATIONALLY
CHALLENGED STURGEON MIGHT COME UP THE RIVER NESS
INTO LOCH NESS SEEKING A MATE, BE DISAPPOINTED,
AND GO AWAY AGAIN. SO, ADRIAN BELIEVES
IT IS POSSIBLE THAT A MONSTER COULD ENTER
THE LOCH AND THEN HEAD BACK OUT. THE RIVER NESS, WHICH CONNECTS
THE LOCH TO THE SEA, OPENS UP
AN OCEAN OF POSSIBILITIES. THIS COULD EXPLAIN
HOW A VERY LARGE CREATURE COULD BE SEEN IN THE LOCH WHEN THERE DON’T SEEM TO BE
ENOUGH FISH HERE TO SUPPORT A RESIDENT POPULATION
OF LARGE PREDATORS. BUT DOES THAT MEAN THE STURGEON
IS THE TOP CANDIDATE? I DON’T THINK SO. STURGEON DON’T HAVE ANY TEETH, AND ALEX TOLD ME THAT
THE BEAST IN THE ANCIENT TEXTS HAD ENOUGH BITE TO KILL A MAN. IS THERE ANOTHER, MORE TOOTHY, AND ULTIMATELY LETHAL CANDIDATE
OUT THERE? I’M HEADING DOWN THE RIVER NESS
TO FIND OUT. MY JOURNEY IS ABOUT TO TAKE
A DANGEROUS TURN. FIND OUT RIGHT AFTER THIS. I’M IN SCOTLAND
TRYING TO DISCOVER IF THERE’S A REAL CREATURE BEHIND THE LEGEND
OF THE LOCH NESS MONSTER, BUT SO FAR, I’VE BEEN UNABLE TO PENETRATE
THE LOCH’S DARK SECRETS. OUT IN THE DEPTHS, THERE COULD BE SOMETHING
THE SIZE OF A SUBMARINE. YOU JUST WOULDN’T SEE IT. FOR TENS OF THOUSANDS OF YEARS,
THE LOCH WAS BURIED UNDER AN IMMENSE ICE SHEET
THREE-QUARTERS OF A MILE THICK. IT WAS ONLY WHEN THE ICE MELTED THAT FISH FROM THE SEA
LIKE SALMON COULD SWIM BACK IN, UP THE SEVEN-MILE-LONG
RIVER NESS. RECENTLY, THE FISH HAVE BEEN
PURSUED BY GRAY SEALS, EASILY IDENTIFIABLE
WHEN THEY COME UP FOR AIR. BUT IS ANYTHING MORE SINISTER
COMING IN WITH THEM? I’VE TAKEN TO THE RIVER
TO FIND OUT, BUT THIS GATEWAY TO THE SEA CAN BE A LITTLE TOUGH
TO NEGOTIATE. THE ROUTE BETWEEN
THE LOCH AND THE SEA IS NOT TOTALLY STRAIGHTFORWARD. TO MY MIND, THAT REPRESENTS
QUITE A SIGNIFICANT OBSTACLE. LOW WATER, FAST, AND EVEN THOUGH
MY HEAD WAS ABOVE THE WATER, I COULD FEEL THOSE ROCKS
ON THE BOTTOM. THE WATER’S TOO SHALLOW HERE FOR A GIANT TO PASS THROUGH
AT THIS TIME OF YEAR, BUT IN TIMES OF FLOOD, THE RIVER CAN RISE ABOVE THIS
LEVEL BY AS MUCH AS SEVEN FEET. THE RIVER NESS
IS A PRIZED AND PROTECTED WILD SALMON RIVER, AND IT’S ONLY
WITH SPECIAL PERMISSION THAT I CAN TEST THESE WATERS
WITHOUT FEAR OF PROSECUTION. I’M EAGER TO INVESTIGATE. AS WELL AS CATCHING FISH, A FISHING LINE WILL ALSO REVEAL SOMETHING
OF THE UNDERWATER TOPOGRAPHY. APPARENTLY, THAT SLACK
ON THE OTHER SIDE THERE, ALTHOUGH THE RIVER IS LOW,
THERE’S ABOUT 15 FOOT OF WATER, SO THAT’S JUST THE KIND OF PLACE WHERE ANYTHING COMING UP
THE RIVER ON ITS WAY TO THE LOCH MIGHT JUST REST OUT. SO, I’LL TRY TO
DROP IT IN THERE, LET IT SINK, AND THEN, I’M KEEPING THE ROD UP
BECAUSE, IF I DROP THE ROD — WE’VE GOT THIS VERY FAST WATER
BETWEEN ME AND THE SLACK, AND THAT WOULD JUST WHIP IT OUT
OF THAT ZONE. I WANT THE LURE TO BE IN THERE
FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE. A BRIGHT, FLASHY LURE SHOULD ATTRACT ATTENTION
IN THESE PEAT-STAINED WATERS. IF THERE IS SOMETHING
LURKING IN THE DEEP POOLS, IT DOESN’T WANT
TO MAKE ITSELF KNOWN. AS IS SO OFTEN THE CASE
WITH MONSTER HUNTING, I HAVE TO FEEL MY WAY, TRYING TO BUILD UP
A MENTAL PICTURE OF THE RIVER AS I JOURNEY DOWNSTREAM
TO WHERE IT MEETS THE SEA. WELL, THIS IS IT. THIS IS THE MOUTH
OF THE RIVER NESS, WHERE IT OPENS OUT
INTO THE MORAY FIRTH. SO, THIS IS ACTUALLY A THRESHOLD FOR ANYTHING COMING
INTO THE RIVER FROM OUT THERE. BUT OUT THERE IS A WHOLE
NEW WORLD OF MARINE CREATURES. THIS ISN’T MY DOMAIN,
SO WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE? SINCE MY ARRIVAL AT LOCH NESS, I’VE DISCOVERED THAT,
DESPITE ITS VAST SIZE, THERE ARE VERY FEW ANIMALS
LIVING IN IT. SCIENTIST ADRIAN SHINE
HAS STUDIED THE LOCH FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS, AND HE’S ONLY EVER RECORDED
SIX SPECIES OF FRESHWATER FISH THAT LIVE THERE PERMANENTLY —
NONE MORE THAN FOUR FOOT LONG. I THINK IT’S CLEAR THAT
NO KNOWN FRESHWATER CREATURE COULD ACCOUNT FOR THE SIGHTINGS
I’VE BEEN HEARING ABOUT. BUT THERE IS THIS CONNECTION —
THE RIVER NESS — BETWEEN LOCH NESS AND THE SEA. AND FROM PAST EXPERIENCE,
I KNOW THAT SOMETIMES LARGE SALTWATER CREATURES
CAN MAKE THEIR WAY INLAND. THE MOST NOTORIOUS
IS THE DEADLY BULL SHARK, BUT THESE TOP PREDATORS
ARE WARM-WATER HUNTERS. THEY NEED TEMPERATURES
IN THE 60s AND ABOVE. THEY COULDN’T SURVIVE HERE
IN THE FRIGID 40s OF THE LOCH, BUT PERHAPS
ANOTHER PREDATOR CAN, SOMETHING THAT’S FOLLOWING
PREY FROM THE SEA UP THE RIVER AND INTO THE LOCH, FEEDING ON MIGRATORY SALMON
OR EVEN SEALS. SO, WHAT I WANT TO DO NOW IS FIND OUT WHAT LIVES HERE
IN SCOTLAND’S COASTAL WATERS. I’VE FOUND SOMEONE WHO’S OUT
ON THE WATER HERE EVERY DAY. GWYN TANNER
IS THE HARBOR MASTER AT AVOCH, A SMALL PORT
ON THE MORAY FIRTH, CLOSE TO THE MOUTH
OF THE RIVER NESS. HE REGULARLY SPOTS
LARGE MARINE CREATURES HERE CLOSE TO LAND. I’M HOPING TO TRACK DOWN
SOMETHING MUCH BIGGER THAN WHAT I’VE SEEN SO FAR
IN THE LOCH. THERE, THERE, THERE,
THERE, THERE, THERE. THIS COULD BE WHAT I’M AFTER. I’M IN THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS INVESTIGATING THE MYSTERY
OF THE LOCH NESS MONSTER. I’M AFTER A PREDATOR
THAT CAN SURVIVE THE COLD DEPTHS
OF THE DARK LOCH, ONE THAT I NOW SUSPECT
TRAVELS HERE UP THE SHORT RIVER THAT CONNECTS THE LOCH
WITH THE SEA. I’M TRAVELING OUT INTO A VAST
INLET OF THE NORTH SEA CALLED THE MORAY FIRTH
TO FIND OUT WHICH LARGE MARINE CREATURES COME CLOSE
TO THE RIVER’S MOUTH. Tanner:
LOOK AT THAT. THERE, THERE, THERE,
THERE, THERE, THERE. SOME LARGE ANIMALS STRAIGHTAWAY,
BUT THESE ARE VERY RECOGNIZABLE. THESE ARE DOLPHINS. THIS IS THE MOST NORTHERLY
RESIDENT POPULATION OF BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS
IN THE WORLD. THE DARK GRAY ADULTS
CAN REACH 13 FEET. JUDGING THE SIZE OF OBJECTS
IN OPEN WATER IS NOTORIOUSLY TRICKY, SO, THEY COULD ACCOUNT
FOR SOME OF THE SIGHTINGS, BUT THERE’S THE SAME FLAW
WITH THIS THEORY AS WITH THE PLESIOSAUR
OR GRAY SEALS. THEY’RE AIR BREATHERS. THEY COME TO THE SURFACE
REGULARLY. YOU CAN’T MISS THEM,
AND YOU KNOW WHAT THEY ARE. IT’S NOT THESE THAT THEY’RE
TALKING ABOUT IN THE LOCH. BUT SEEING THEM HERE SHOWS ME THAT THE WATERS
RIGHT ON LOCH NESS’ DOORSTEP CAN SUPPORT POPULATIONS
OF LARGE PREDATORS. ONE POD OF DOLPHINS IS AMBUSHING PREY IN THE SHADOW
OF A 19th CENTURY FORT BUILT TO DEFEND THE FIRTH
FROM ATTACK. RIGHT, THERE’S A POD OF DOLPHINS
IN THIS EDDY HERE. NOW, THAT’S ACTUALLY A CLASSIC
PLACE FOR PREDATORS TO HANG OUT BECAUSE THE TIDE IS PUSHING OUT. YOU’VE GOT SLACK WATER THERE. THAT’S WHERE FISH
ARE GONNA REST. SALMON, PARTICULARLY, COMING UP. THEY’RE GONNA TUCK IN THERE,
SO THE DOLPHINS, THEY KNOW WHERE THE FOOD IS,
AND THEY’RE HUNTING THERE. THEY’RE CHASING
MIGRATING SALMON, WHICH ARE ON THEIR WAY
INTO THE LOCH TO BREED, BUT GWYN’S SEEN
PLENTY OF OTHER PREDATORS TAKING ADVANTAGE OF
THE ABUNDANCE OF THESE WATERS. A MINKE WHALE IS THE RIGHT SIZE FOR MANY
OF THE MONSTER SIGHTINGS, BUT IT’S YET ANOTHER
AIR BREATHER THAT WOULD BE
EASILY IDENTIFIED. GWYN TELLS ME, THOUGH, THAT FISHERMEN HAVE ENCOUNTERED
ANOTHER LARGE BEAST THAT LIVES IN THE DEPTHS
OF THE FIRTH. THE CREW WERE CONFRONTED WITH A THRASHING,
SERPENT-LIKE CREATURE THAT GWYN SAYS
WAS MORE THAN 10 FEET LONG. EVENTUALLY, ONE OF
THE FISHERMAN GRABBED ITS TAIL AND SLID IT OVER THE SIDE. THE THRASHING BEAST
WAS A EUROPEAN CONGER EEL, A PERMANENT RESIDENT
OF SALTWATER AND THE BIGGEST EEL
OF THEM ALL, CAPABLE OF TIPPING THE SCALES
AT MORE THAN 300 POUNDS. BUT I’VE NEVER HEARD OF A CONGER
SWIMMING INTO FRESHWATER. MY TRIP INTO THE MORAY FIRTH
HAS OPENED MY EYES TO A WHOLE HOST
OF HEAVYWEIGHT CONTENDERS. SO, QUITE A CONTRAST
TO THE LOCH. THE WATER’S ACTUALLY SHALLOWER,
BUT FULL OF LIFE, INCLUDING SOME LARGE PREDATORS,
AND SOME RARE VISITORS. BUT SO FAR, NONE OF THE POTENTIAL
CANDIDATES I’VE COME ACROSS CAN EXPLAIN THE MONSTER
SIGHTINGS I’M INVESTIGATING. PEOPLE HERE HAVE BELIEVED IN
THE MONSTER MYTH FOR CENTURIES. THERE HAS TO BE SOME GRAIN
OF TRUTH WITHIN IT. [ THUNDER RUMBLES ] I HAVE ONE LAST LEAD
TO FOLLOW UP. THE ANCIENT STORY THAT FISHERMAN
ALEX SUTHERLAND TOLD ME ABOUT THE MAN KILLED BY A
WATER BEAST IN THE RIVER NESS. THIS MIGHT BE MY LAST CHANCE TO FIND A CLUE
TO THE MONSTER’S IDENTITY. [ BELL TOLLING ] THIS LAND WAS ONCE INHABITED BY A MYSTERIOUS EARLY PAGAN
PEOPLE KNOWN AS THE PICTS. IN THE 6th CENTURY A.D., AN IRISH MONK
CALLED ST. COLUMBA CAME HERE TO CONVERT THE PICTS
TO CHRISTIANITY. HE’S SAID TO HAVE PERFORMED
NUMEROUS MIRACLES, INCLUDING THE BANISHMENT
OF A WATER BEAST FROM THE RIVER NESS. I’VE ARRANGED TO MEET
AN ARCHAEOLOGIST WHO’S AN EXPERT ON THE HISTORY
AND LEGENDS OF THE AREA. I’M HOPING CAIT McCULLAGH
CAN GIVE ME AN IDEA OF WHAT KIND OF CREATURE
IT WAS. COLUMBA COMES UPON A SCENE WHERE A MAN HAS BEEN BROUGHT
OUT OF THE WATER. HE’S COMPLETELY BRUTALIZED BY SOME SORT OF WATER BEAST,
A RIVER MONSTER. THE PEOPLE OF THE AREA AROUND
THE RIVER NESS ARE TERRIFIED. BUT COLUMBA ISN’T AFRAID. HE SENDS ONE OF HIS FOLLOWERS
OUT INTO THE RIVER, AND THE MONSTER RISES
FROM THE DEPTHS AGAIN. [ GASPS ] COLUMBA DEMONSTRATES
THE POWER OF HIS GOD BY BANISHING THIS BEAST,
TELLING IT TO GO FROM THE RIVER. AND PRESUMABLY, SENDING IT DOWN
THE RIVER TOWARDS THE LOCH. IS THERE ANY DESCRIPTION
OF THE CREATURE IN HERE? THERE’S NOTHING TO SUGGEST ANYTHING ABOUT THE ACTUAL
PHYSICALITY OF THE MONSTER, JUST A DISTURBANCE
OF THE WATER. THE PICTS DIDN’T LEAVE ANY
WRITTEN RECORDS OF THEIR OWN, BUT CAIT HAS UNEARTHED
STONE CARVINGS WHICH MIGHT GIVE ME AN INSIGHT INTO THE IDENTITY
OF THIS SAVAGE CREATURE. THIS IS KNOWN
AS THE PICTISH BEAST AND IS GENERALLY RECOGNIZED TO BE SOME SORT OF RIVER
OR LOCH MONSTER. IT’S A FOLKLORE THAT IS NOT EXCLUSIVE
TO THE NORTH OF SCOTLAND. THERE’S CERTAINLY A CONNECTION
TO NORSE SCANDINAVIAN SOURCES WITH THIS PARTICULAR SEA
OR RIVER OR LOCH MONSTER. MY QUEST
FOR THE TRUTH BEHIND THE LEGEND HAS TAKEN A TURN
IN A NEW DIRECTION. CAIT HAS OFFERED CLUES
THAT SEND MY INVESTIGATION MUCH FURTHER BACK IN HISTORY. [ GATE SQUEALS ] SO, A MONSTROUS WATER CREATURE
ISN’T JUST SOMETHING THAT ORIGINATED IN
NEWSPAPER REPORTS IN THE 1930s. THERE’S ACTUALLY A WRITTEN
ACCOUNT OF AN ENCOUNTER, A HUMAN DEATH, IN THE RIVER NESS
1,500 YEARS AGO. AND AT THE SAME TIME, PEOPLE WERE LEAVING
ENIGMATIC CARVINGS OF WHAT APPEARS TO BE
A STRANGE WATER CREATURE. AND I WONDER OF THOSE TWO THINGS
ARE POSSIBLY CONNECTED. WHAT’S EVEN MORE INTRIGUING
IS THE DISCOVERY THAT THESE CENTURIES-OLD
SCOTTISH MONSTER MYTHS MAY HAVE CONNECTIONS
WITH THE VIKINGS. I NEED TO TAKE A LONG,
HARD LOOK AT THE EVIDENCE TO FIGURE OUT WHERE TO GO NEXT. SO FAR, I HAVEN’T FOUND A
SINGLE CREATURE THAT I BELIEVE COULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR
MONSTER SIGHTINGS IN THE LOCH. PERHAPS I NEED TO TAKE
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE LEGEND’S ANCIENT ORIGINS. COULD THAT GET ME ANY CLOSER
TO THE TRUTH? COULD THE INSPIRATION
FOR THE LOCH MONSTER COME FROM ACROSS
THE COLD, NORTHERN SEAS? VIKING LONGSHIPS SAILED
THOUSANDS OF MILES OVER THE NORTHERN ATLANTIC. RAIDING PARTIES
FROM SCANDINAVIA STORMED AND COLONIZED SCOTLAND, AND THEY ESTABLISHED
A REMOTE OUTPOST ON ICELAND. THESE INCREDIBLY TOUGH WARRIORS
WERE CONVINCED THAT THESE COLD SEAS
WERE HOME TO MONSTERS. STORIES OF SOME OF THESE BEASTS STILL SURVIVE
IN NORSE MYTHOLOGY, AND THEY MIGHT HARBOR
THE CLUES I NEED. THE VIKINGS WROTE DOWN
THEIR LEGENDS AROUND 800 YEARS AGO
UP HERE IN ICELAND WHERE SOME ANCIENT TEXTS
HAVE SURVIVED TO THIS DAY. TO PURSUE THIS HUNCH THAT THE VIKINGS MAY HOLD THE
KEY TO THE LEGEND OF LOCH NESS, I NOW HAVE TO HEAD TO THE EDGE
OF THE ARCTIC CIRCLE. ICELAND
IS A LAND OF FIRE AND ICE, A FROZEN ISLAND LITERALLY RIPPED APART
BY VOLCANIC ACTIVITY. UNLIKE SCOTLAND’S
ANCIENT ROCKS, ICELAND IS CONSTANTLY
FORGED ANEW. TOP PILOT AND RALLY CHAMPION
OMAR RANASIN, NOW IN HIS 70s, TAKES ME ON
A WHITE-KNUCKLE RIDE TO SHOW ME WHERE MOST OF THE ISLAND’S
FRESHWATER IS LOCKED UP. Wade: THE PROCESSES
THAT FORMED THIS ISLAND NORMALLY TAKE PLACE
OUT OF SIGHT BENEATH THE OCEAN, BUT HERE, THAT MOLTEN ROCK
PUSHES UP INTO THE AIR. BUT THEN WHAT HAPPENS,
BECAUSE IT’S SO FAR NORTH, IS THAT FIRE IS THEN GROUND DOWN
BY ICE. SO WHAT YOU’VE GOT HERE
IS JUST NAKED GEOLOGY, A TOTALLY UNIQUE LANDSCAPE. ICELAND SITS RIGHT ON THE EDGE
OF THE ARCTIC CIRCLE. 11% OF THE ISLAND’S SURFACE IS PERMANENTLY BURIED
UNDER ICE AND GLACIERS. MELTWATERS FEED INTO HUNDREDS
OF LAKES AND RIVERS FLOWING ENDLESSLY OUT TO SEA. SINCE VIKING TIMES,
ICELANDERS HAVE TOLD COUNTLESS STORIES
OF DANGEROUS WATER MONSTERS. MY TRAVELS HAVE SHOWN ME THAT
THE ORIGINS OF SO MANY MYTHS LIE IN REAL FLESH-AND-BLOOD
CREATURES, AND I WON’T GIVE UP UNTIL I GET A REAL FLESH-AND-BLOOD CREATURE
IN MY HANDS. THE PEOPLE OF THIS REMOTE,
FROZEN ISLAND HAVE ALWAYS FED THEMSELVES
FROM THE SEA. FISHING IS
IN THE ICELANDER’S DNA. IT DOESN’T TAKE ME LONG
TO GET MY FIRST LEAD ABOUT AN AGGRESSIVE HUNTER
OF THE DEEP FROM A SEA FISHERMAN
CALLED BERGTHOR. IT’S JUST A PURE MUSCLE
KIND OF FISH WITH A BIG HEAD, BIG TEETH. HE ALSO GIVES ME
SOME GRISLY REMAINS. THIS IS THE STEINBíTUR, WHICH APPARENTLY MEANS
“STONE BITER,” AND YOU’VE GOT THESE
VERY SHARP TEETH HERE, CLEARLY VERY POWERFUL JAWS. I DON’T THINK YOU WANT YOUR HAND
TOO NEAR A LIVE ONE OF THESE. I’VE ONLY GOT
THE CREATURE’S HEAD TO GO ON, SO I’VE NO IDEA WHAT THE REST OF THIS FEARSOME
PREDATOR LOOKS LIKE. THE ONLY WAY TO FIND OUT
ABOUT IT AND WHATEVER ELSE LIVES
IN THESE WATERS IS TO GET A LINE IN. I’M ON THE HUNT FOR A CREATURE THAT COULD HAVE INSPIRED
THE LEGEND OF LOCH NESS. AN ANCIENT ATTACK STORY
HAS LAUNCHED ME FROM SCOTLAND TO AN ISLAND ON THE EDGE OF
THE ARCTIC CIRCLE — ICELAND. ONCE THE REMOTE STRONGHOLD
OF THE VIKINGS, THIS LAND IS STILL RIDDLED WITH
MONSTER STORIES AND SIGHTINGS. THIS IS AN ISLAND THAT’S
ALWAYS RELIED ON FISHING, SO I’M BACK IN MY ELEMENT
ONCE AGAIN. I’VE STARTED MY INVESTIGATION
ON A ROCKY OUTCROP, WHICH PLUNGES FOR 100 FEET
BELOW THE SURFACE, ON THE HUNT
FOR A TOOTHY PREDATOR KNOWN AS THE STONE BITER. THERE’S SOMETHING DOWN THERE. THERE WE GO, FAMOUS COD. CLASSIC THREE DORSAL FINS, AND THAT’S THE BEARD,
THE BARBEL, IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CHIN. IT SHOWS
THERE’S FISH DOWN HERE, ANYWAY, BUT IT’S STILL NOT
WHAT I’M AFTER. I’M GOING TO BRING
A SECOND ROD INTO PLAY TO TRY AND TEMPT A TOOTHY
PREDATOR OUT OF HIDING. THE FISH I’M BRINGING IN… COALFISH.
SMALL FLATFISH. …WOULD BE AS FAMILIAR
TO THE ANCIENT VIKINGS… OH, THERE’S SOMETHING ON THERE. …AS THEY ARE TO THEIR
ICELANDIC DESCENDANTS TODAY. SO, THAT’S A NICE-SIZE HADDOCK,
REALLY NICE-LOOKING FISH. BUT THE ABUNDANCE OF SMALLER
FISH HAS MUDDIED THE WATERS. WELL, IF NOTHING ELSE, I’VE SEEN
HOW RICH THESE WATERS ARE, BUT THAT’S REALLY
PART OF THE PROBLEM. THIS PROMISING LEAD THAT I HAVE
FROM A FISHERMAN, THE STONE BITER, WELL, WHAT’S HAPPENING IS, THE SMALLER FISH
ARE JUST REACHING THE BAIT, TEARING IT APART BEFORE THIS TOOTHY, POWERFUL
FISH CAN EVEN GET A LOOK IN. THE FISHERMAN, BERGTHOR,
TOLD ME OF ONE OTHER FEARSOME CREATURE
FOUND IN THE ISLAND’S WATERS. A PUMPED-UP PREDATOR PATROLLING
A FRESHWATER LAKE. MAYBE I’LL HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF GETTING MY HANDS
ON A MONSTROUS BEAST THERE. THIS LAKE WAS CENTRAL
TO VIKING LIFE. ON ITS SHORES,
THEY HELD THEIR PARLIAMENT, THE FIRST IN THE WORLD. THIS WATER IS RENOWNED
FOR ITS CLARITY, BUT THERE’S A DARKER SIDE
TO THIS PLACE. FOR CENTURIES, THIS LAKE
WAS USED TO DROWN SINFUL WOMEN, AND, APPARENTLY,
THEIRS WEREN’T THE ONLY BODIES TO BE DISPOSED OF HERE. DID THIS UNUSUAL SUPPLY
OF FRESH FOOD ALLOW SOME FISH HERE TO GROW
INTO THE GIANTS I’VE HEARD OF? THERE’S ONLY ONE WAY
TO FIND OUT. [ LINE WHIPPING ] THE PROBLEM I’VE GOT HERE IS,
I CAN SEE FISH. I CAN SEE MOVEMENT IN THE WATER,
SHAPES. THEY’RE NOT VERY CLEAR, BUT
THE WATER IS VERY TRANSPARENT, SO, I’VE GOT TO KEEP LOW. BUT ALSO HAVING TO CONTEND
WITH THIS WIND, WHICH IS MAKING IT
ALL RATHER CHALLENGING. AND I’M GETTING HUNG UP ON
ROCKS, AS WELL, DOWN THERE. BUT WITH THE WATER
SO UNUSUALLY CLEAR, THERE’S ANOTHER WAY
I MIGHT SEE ONE CLOSE-UP. THE VISIBILITY IS SO MUCH
BETTER THAN IN LOCH NESS, BUT THE WATER IS MUCH COLDER. THE FISH I COULD SEE
FROM THE SURFACE TURN OUT TO BE ARCTIC CHAR,
AND THERE’S A LOT OF THEM. I’M JUST STANDING HERE,
FLAPPING MY FINS VERY GENTLY, AND IT’S DISTURBING
THE SEDIMENT ON THE BOTTOM, AND THERE ARE
BIG ARCTIC CHAR COMING IN. THEY’RE TAKING MOUTHFULS
OF THE STUFF I’M DISTURBING. THERE MIGHT BE INSECT EGGS
OR WHATEVER DOWN THERE. THEY’RE RIGHT IN HERE,
REALLY, REALLY CLOSE. ARCTIC CHAR
ARE THE MOST NUMEROUS FISH TO LIVE IN THE COMPARATIVELY
BARREN LOCH NESS. BUT THERE,
THEY ARE VIRTUALLY INVISIBLE IN ITS DEEP,
PEAT-STAINED WATERS. I SUSPECT THAT THESE FISH
MIGHT BE PREY FOR THE ELUSIVE PREDATOR
I’VE HEARD ABOUT, BUT WHICH, SO FAR,
IS NOWHERE TO BE SEEN. I FIND OUT THAT THERE’S A MAN
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LAKE WHO HAS A KNACK
FOR CATCHING AQUATIC PREDATORS. JOHANNES STURLAUGSSON
INTRODUCES ME TO ICELAND’S LEGENDARY
[SPEAKS IN ICELANDIC] A SUPER-SIZED, PREDATORY TROUT. NOW, COMPARED TO
A BROWN TROUT IN, SAY, ENGLAND OR NORTH AMERICA,
THIS IS AN ABSOLUTE MONSTER. THIS ONE’S ABOUT 15 POUNDS,
BUT, APPARENTLY, THEY’RE TAKEN OUT HERE SOMETIMES
25 POUNDS, EVEN 30 POUNDS. THERE’S SOMETHING REALLY SPECIAL
ABOUT THIS LAKE. THEY’RE SO STRONG, THEY HAVE TO BE BATHED
IN ANESTHETIC BEFORE HANDLING. JOHANN HAS DEDICATED
YEARS OF HIS LIFE TO CATCHING AND TAGGING
THESE ELUSIVE PREDATORS TO UNDERSTAND
HOW AND WHY THEY GROW SO LARGE. THE LAKE ITSELF,
IT’S VERY PRODUCTIVE. WE HAVE HERE
ENDLESS TONS OF CHAR, THE MAIN THING
ON THEIR MENU. SO, THESE FISH, THEY’RE NOT FEEDING ON
SORT OF INSECT LARVAE. THESE ARE LAYING INTO
SMALLER FISH? YEAH, THEY ARE MASSIVELY GROWING
MORE THAN THREE KILO PER YEAR. IN POUNDS,
ABOUT SIX POUNDS A YEAR? YEAH.
YEAH. WOW, THAT’S IMPRESSIVE. THE BIGGEST ONE,
THE JAWS ARE THAT MASSIVE THAT YOU CAN TAKE IT
AND PUT IT AROUND YOUR HEAD. QUITE SCARY,
THESE ARE TOUGH GUYS. BUT NOT SO TOUGH, THEY COULD
STRIKE TERROR INTO THE VIKINGS AND GIVE RISE
TO A WATER-MONSTER LEGEND. BUT JOHANN TELLS ME
ABOUT ANOTHER LAKE IN THE EAST THAT MANY ICELANDERS BELIEVE IS HOME TO AN IMMENSE
AND ANCIENT WATER MONSTER. AND THIS MONSTER HAS
ACTUALLY BEEN CAPTURED… ON VIDEO. I’M ON THE EDGE
OF THE ARCTIC IN ICELAND, THE FAR-FLUNG OUTPOST OF
THE VIKINGS’ SEAFARING KINGDOM. I’M HUNTING
FOR A COLD-WATER PREDATOR THAT COULD HAVE INSPIRED THE LEGEND
OF THE LOCH NESS MONSTER. I’VE ALREADY ENCOUNTERED
GIANT TROUT GORGING THEMSELVES
ON ARCTIC CHAR AND GROWING TO THREE TIMES
THEIR NORMAL SIZE. NOW I’VE HAD A TIP-OFF ABOUT
A CENTURIES-OLD WATER MONSTER THAT WAS FILMED
IN A GLACIAL LAKE LAST SPRING. THE THING THAT REALLY STRIKES ME
ABOUT THIS LAKE IS JUST HOW SIMILAR IT LOOKS
TO LOCH NESS. IT’S VERY LONG,
BUT COMPARATIVELY QUITE NARROW AND CLEARLY, IN PLACES,
IT’S VERY DEEP. THE BIG DIFFERENCE, THOUGH,
IS THE WATER. THIS LAKE IS FED BY WATER THAT FLOWS DOWN
DIRECTLY FROM A GLACIER, WHICH IS STILL GRINDING ROCKS
TO DUST. THESE WATERS ARE PERMANENTLY
CLOUDED BY SEDIMENT. IN LOCH NESS,
THE VISIBILITY IS PRETTY POOR, BUT HERE,
IT’S ALMOST NONEXISTENT. YOU WOULDN’T SEE ANYTHING AT ALL
IN THIS WATER UNLESS IT WAS BREAKING
THE SURFACE. BUT THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT
HAPPENED LAST SPRING. A STUNNED FARMER SAW ANCIENT
LEGEND TURN INTO LIVING REALITY WHEN HE LOOKED OUT
OF HIS KITCHEN WINDOW. I MEET
ICELANDER HJORTUR KJERULF TO FIND OUT
EXACTLY WHAT EMERGED FROM THESE MURKY WATERS. [ SPEAKING IN ICELANDIC ] SO, HE’S IN THE KITCHEN
RIGHT HERE, MAKING HIS MORNING CUP
OF COFFEE, LOOKING OUT THE WINDOW,
SAW SOMETHING. AT FIRST,
DIDN’T REALLY REGISTER IT, BUT THEN, NOTICED THAT THERE WAS
SOMETHING STRANGE IN THE WATER, AND WENT TO GET HIS CAMERA. HJORTUR CAPTURED THE FIRST
VIDEO FOOTAGE OF A CREATURE LONG DESCRIBED
AS THE LAGARFLJOT WORM IN THE MELTING LAKE ICE
OF SPRING. AND THIS WAS
JUST OUTSIDE HERE? [ SPEAKING IN ICELANDIC ] THE POSITION OF IT WAS LITERALLY
JUST A MATTER OF YARDS, 10 OR 15 YARDS,
AWAY FROM THE BANK DOWN HERE. HE SAID IT WAS MOVING
LIKE A SNAKE. IT APPEARS TO BE GOING
SLIGHTLY AGAINST THE CURRENT. SO, HOW LONG
WAS IT THERE FOR? HOW LONG DID
YOU WATCH IT FOR? [ SPEAKING IN ICELANDIC ] IT WAS THERE FOR A LONG TIME. HE WATCHED IT
FOR SEVERAL MINUTES. HE STARTED HERE,
AND THEN HE WENT OUTSIDE, AND EVENTUALLY, HE JUST WENT
OFF, ‘CAUSE HE HAD WORK TO DO. WHEN EVENTUALLY HE GOT BACK,
IT WAS DARK. THE NEXT DAY, IT HAD GONE. THERE’S NO QUESTION
THAT HJORTUR BELIEVES WHAT HE FILMED IS REAL, AND IT FITS THE DESCRIPTION
OF A CREATURE REPORTED HERE FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS. I’M SURE HIS VIDEO IS GENUINE,
NOT A MALICIOUS FAKE LIKE SOME OF THE FOOTAGE
OR IMAGES FROM LOCH NESS. THE MOST FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPH
THERE WAS LATER REVEALED TO BE OF A SCULPTED MODEL
MOUNTED ON A TOY SUBMARINE. SOME BELIEVE THAT HJORTUR’S
FOOTAGE SHOWS SURFACE ICE FLOWING AROUND A FISHING NET THAT SNAGGED
ON A SUBMERGED BRANCH, BUT OTHERS ARE CONVINCED
IT IS THE BEAST OF LEGEND. ITS REMARKABLY REPTILIAN HEAD IS EXACTLY
WHAT YOU MIGHT EXPECT FROM AN AQUATIC PREDATOR. THE ONLY WAY I CAN COME
TO ANY CONCLUSIONS IS TO FIND OUT FOR MYSELF, BUT THE CLOUDY WATERS HERE
DON’T GIVE ANYTHING AWAY. JUST LOOKING AT THE WATER
UP CLOSE, IT’S REALLY THICK. YOU CAN HARDLY SEE INTO IT
AT ALL, SO IT’S HARD TO IMAGINE
ANYTHING HERE OPERATING AS A SIGHT PREDATOR. SO, IT’S NOT JUST
WHAT’S IN THE WATER, BUT ALSO ME
THAT’S OPERATING BLIND HERE. IT SEEMS LIKE THIS MONSTER MAY
HAVE MELTED AWAY WITH THE ICE. BUT LIKE LOCH NESS, THE LAGARFLJOT LEGEND
HAS ENDURED FOR CENTURIES. GIVEN THE VIKINGS’ INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP
WITH EVERYTHING AQUATIC, I WONDER WHETHER SOME OF
THEIR TALES OF MYTHICAL BEASTS ARE NOT IMAGINARY, BUT ACTUAL ACCOUNTS
OF WHAT’S IN THE WATER. I NEED TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE ORIGINS
OF HJORTUR’S LAKE MONSTER. [ MEN CHANTING ] I’VE HEARD OF A MAN
WHO MIGHT BE ABLE TO HELP ME. A PRIEST AND HISTORIAN WHO’S MADE IT HIS MISSION
TO UNCOVER AND CATALOG ALL OF ICELAND’S
WATER MONSTERS. SEGADOR IASON SHOWS ME
A NATIONAL TREASURE, A 400-YEAR-OLD MAP LITERALLY
COVERED IN WATER BEASTS. Wade: ARE THERE STORIES
ABOUT SOME OF THESE CREATURES? Iason: YES, THERE ARE STORIES
ABOUT THEM. FOR EXAMPLE,
WE HAVE THIS ONE HERE, IT’S CALLED “STOKKULL.” IT MEANS, “THE JUMPER.” IT WAS A DANGEROUS WHALE. THIS IS MOST CERTAINLY
THE LINGBAK. IT WAS SUPPOSEDLY
THE LARGEST OF ALL WHALES. LINGBAK MEANS TREES ON ITS BACK,
LIKE ON AN ISLAND. IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE
VERY BIG. VERY BIG. ARE THERE ANY DRAWINGS
OR RECORDS OF LARGE FISH
IN THESE ICELANDIC WATERS? WE HAVE A STORY
FROM THE 10th CENTURY, IN THE SAGAS, ABOUT A BOY THAT WAS ASKED TO CARRY
A BIG FISH FROM A BOAT. IF HE COULD DO IT,
THEN HE WAS TO KEEP IT. HE SUCCEEDED IN DOING THIS. SOME SAY… THIS IS ONE OF THE SHARK SPECIES
HE WAS CARRYING. SO EVEN THOUGH WE’RE TALKING
COLD, NORTHERN WATER HERE, YOU’VE GOT SHARKS
SWIMMING OFF ICELAND? YES, WE HAVE. I’D NEVER CONSIDERED
THAT A SHARK COULD BE A CONTENDER
FOR A VIKING TERROR. IT’S CLEARLY NO SPECIES
I’VE CAUGHT BEFORE. I DON’T KNOW OF ANY PREDATORY
GIANTS COMING THIS FAR NORTH, SO WHAT’S THIS HUGE SHARK
CALLED? HáKARL. IT ALSO MEANS “THE ONE,” AND HAS BEEN EATEN THROUGH
THE AGES IN ICELAND. IT’S A DELICACY, ACTUALLY. SO THEY EAT IT TO THIS DAY? YEAH, IT’S VERY NICE. THIS IS AN EXTRAORDINARY PIECE
OF INFORMATION. I CAME HERE TO FIND OUT MORE
ABOUT HJORTUR’S LAKE MONSTER, BUT I ENDED UP HEARING ABOUT A WHOLE MENAGERIE
OF WATER BEASTS, ONE OF WHICH, THE HáKARL, THE VIKINGS BATTLED WITH AS THEY ATTEMPTED
TO BRING IT IN TO EAT. COULD A COLD-WATER
PREDATORY SHARK HAVE A PLACE
IN THE LEGEND OF LOCH NESS? IF IT HAS THE ICONIC
AND DORSAL FIN OF MOST SHARKS, SURELY THAT WOULD GIVE IT AWAY. I NEED TO FIND OUT MORE. SEGADOR HAS TOLD ME
THAT THERE’S A REMOTE FARM IN A DESERT OF HARDENED LAVA WHERE THEY STILL PREPARE
THESE GIANT SHARKS TO EAT. THE HANGING CHUNKS OF FLESH
DON’T GIVE AWAY ANY CLUES AS TO WHAT THE WHOLE ANIMAL
MIGHT LOOK LIKE. GUDJON HILDIBANDSSON’S FAMILY
HAS PREPARED HáKARL MEAT AT THEIR ISOLATED FARM
SINCE HIS GRANDFATHER’S DAY. Gudjon: HELLO. THIS IS
THE KAESTUR HáKARL. HERE IT IS IN THE FINAL STAGE
OF THE PROCESS. SO, THIS, I CAN SEE IT DRIPPING,
SO THIS IS WHAT — IT’S JUST IN THE AIR
TO DRY OUT. YEAH, IT’S DRYING HERE
TO GET THE BETTER TEXTURE. WHEN THE MEAT IS FRESH,
IT’S TOXIC, SO THAT’S WHY WE DO THIS
FERMENTATION PROCESS. AND AFTER THE FERMENTATION,
WE HANG THE PIECES UP UP HERE, AND THIS PROCESS, THIS IS
OVER 400 YEARS OLD IN ICELAND, SO IT’S A VERY OLD PROCESS. LEARNING THAT ITS FLESH
IS LACED WITH POISON ONLY ADDS TO THE SINISTER AURA SURROUNDING
THIS MYSTERIOUS SHARK. APPARENTLY, FERMENTATION
BREAKS DOWN THE TOXIN, BUT RELEASES
A PUNGENT SMELL OF AMMONIA. THE FLESH I’M ABOUT TO TASTE
SMELLS OF URINE. IT’S GOT
A REALLY STRONG AFTERTASTE. IT REALLY KICKS IN. IT REALLY KICKS IN
IN THE BACK OF THE THROAT AFTER YOU’VE TAKEN
THE FIRST BIT. IT’S NOT LIKE ANYTHING
I’VE TASTED BEFORE. YEAH.
IT’S UNIQUE. BUT I CAN IMAGINE, THOUGH,
YOU KNOW, IN THE OLD DAYS, I MEAN,
YOU’VE GOT A BIG FISH. YOU CAN’T EAT IT ALL
IN ONE GO. IT’S WASTEFUL
JUST TO THROW IT AWAY. YOU’VE GOT TO DO SOMETHING
WITH IT, SO THIS IS
A TRADITIONAL METHOD. OH, IT’S STRONG WHEN IT HITS
THE BACK OF YOUR THROAT. MM, MM, THERE’S FUMES
COMING OUT. IT’S LIKE VERY,
VERY STRONG CHEESE IN SOME WAYS, BUT THERE’S ALSO A VERY DEFINITE
FISH ELEMENT THERE. HOW BIG
IS THE WHOLE ANIMAL? THEY ARE FROM TO BE
10 TO 20 FEET, AND FROM — THEN THEY ARE MAYBE 1,000
TO 2,500 POUNDS. WOW.
YEAH, THEY ARE QUITE BIG. YOU DON’T HAPPEN TO HAVE A WHOLE ONE HERE,
BY ANY CHANCE, DO YOU… NO, NO.
…THAT I CAN HAVE A LOOK AT? BUT GIVE ME A SECOND.
ALL RIGHT. OH, RIGHT, OKAY. THIS IS HIS MOUTH.
THIS IS A JAW. THESE JAWS ARE PECULIAR. THIS SHARK HAS TWO QUITE
DISTINCT TYPES OF TEETH. SO THESE ONES WILL GRIP
THE FOOD, WHATEVER IT IS, AND THEN THEY SHAKE THE HEAD,
IS IT? YEAH.
SO, THESE ONES WILL THEN CUT — OOH, I ALMOST
CUT MYSELF THERE. YEAH, RIGHT. THESE JAWS BELONG
TO A POTENT PREDATOR. SEAL, WHALE, AND EVEN
POLAR BEAR MEAT AND BODY PARTS HAVE TURNED UP IN ITS STOMACH. IT’S CAUGHT FROM BIG BOATS,
BIG TRAWLERS… RIGHT.
…WHO CATCH THEM ACCIDENTALLY. MY GRANDFATHER USED TO DO IT.
HE USED TO CATCH THEM. SO, HOW WOULD YOUR GRANDFATHER
CATCH THESE? THEY USED AN ANCHOR
WITH A CHAIN ON IT, AND THEY PUT MAYBE A SEAL MEAT
ON IT, OR MEAT FROM A HORSE. YES. RIGHT. SO, A BIG HOOK
ON A CHAIN AND A BIG BAIT. YEAH.
WOW. IF I WANT TO SEE A LIVE ONE
OF THESE, I NEED TO GO AND TALK TO SOMEBODY
ON ONE OF THE BIG BOATS. YEAH, YEAH. THINGS HAVE TAKEN A VERY
DRAMATIC AND STRANGE TURN. WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT
THAT IN THESE WATERS, THERE IS A MASSIVE SHARK THAT GROWS TO WELL IN EXCESS
OF 1,000 POUNDS? THE ONLY PREDATORY SHARKS THAT
I KNOW OF THAT GROW THAT BIG CAN’T SURVIVE
IN THESE NEAR-ARCTIC SEAS. AND JUST FROM THOSE TEETH ALONE,
I CAN TELL THAT IT’S NOT LIKE ANY SHARK
I’VE ENCOUNTERED BEFORE. BUT THESE PEOPLE HERE
HAVE BEEN CATCHING IT AND EATING IT FOR CENTURIES. NOW I ONLY HAVE
ONE COURSE OF ACTION — TO GET ONTO A FISHING VESSEL AND HOPE IT WILL BRING IN
ONE OF THESE GIANT SHARKS. BUT THERE’S A PROBLEM. IT TURNS OUT,
A LOT OF THESE BOATS HAVE ALREADY CAUGHT THEIR QUOTA, SO THEY’RE NOT ACTUALLY
PUTTING OUT TO SEA AGAIN, AND THOSE THAT ARE
ARE STAYING OUT FOR WEEKS, IF NOT MONTHS AT A TIME,
SO, I CAN’T DO THAT. IT REALLY LOOKS AS IF I’VE RUN
INTO SOMETHING OF A DEAD END. I’VE COME SO FAR. I WON’T GIVE UP NOW. EVENTUALLY, I GET THE NAME OF
A FISHERMAN WHO CAN CATCH THEM, BUT NOT HERE IN ICELAND. HE’S 1,000 MILES AWAY
IN NORWAY. THIS NEXT STAGE OF MY MISSION IS GOING TO TEST ME
TO THE LIMIT AS I HUNT FOR A CREATURE THAT’S TRULY
THE STUFF OF LEGEND. THERE IT IS.
THERE IT IS. MY MISSION
THAT STARTED IN SCOTLAND TOOK A SURPRISING TURN
TO ICELAND, HUNTING FOR THE CREATURE AT THE HEART OF THE LEGEND
OF LOCH NESS. NOW I’M RETRACING
THE VOYAGES OF THE VIKINGS BACK TO THEIR ORIGINAL HOMELAND
IN NORWAY TO THE FORMER CAPITAL
OF THEIR SEAFARING KINGDOM, TRONDHEIM. WHEN THE VIKINGS SET OUT
FROM HERE TO RAID AND COLONIZE NEW LANDS, THEY SPREAD TALES
OF TERRIBLE WATER MONSTERS ACROSS THEIR EXPANDING EMPIRE FROM THE FJORDS OF NORWAY
TO THE LAKES OF ICELAND AND THE ISLANDS AND HIGHLANDS
OF SCOTLAND. ONE TALE TELLS
OF A GIANT SHARK. DID ENCOUNTERS WITH THIS
MYSTERIOUS COLD-WATER PREDATOR SOW THE SEEDS
FOR A MASSIVE MONSTER MYTH THAT SPREAD
TO THE SHORES OF LOCH NESS? ONLY BY HUNTING DOWN
THE MYSTERIOUS SHARK THEY CALL THE HáKARL
WILL I FIND OUT. NORWAY’S HARSH MOUNTAINS ARE GOUGED OUT
WITH GLACIER-CARVED FJORDS WHICH PLUMMET THOUSANDS OF FEET
BELOW THE SURFACE. THE ULTIMATE LABYRINTH FOR
A MONSTER, BUT WHERE TO BEGIN? I’VE BEEN GIVEN THE NAME
OF A PROFESSIONAL FISHERMAN WHO WORKS
IN THE 80-MILE-LONG FJORD THAT CONNECTS TRONDHEIM
TO THE SEA. I’M TOLD HE’S ONE OF THE FEW
WHO CAN HELP ME CATCH THIS MYSTERIOUS GIANT SHARK
ON ROD AND LINE. I HEAR THAT FREDRICK KULLIN EVEN HAS PHOTOGRAPHS
OF THIS STRANGE BEAST. THEY DON’T HAVE
THIS HUGE DORSAL FIN — DORSAL FIN, AND THEY’RE GRAY,
OR ALMOST BLACK. THIS CREATURE IS UNLIKE
ANY OTHER SHARK. WITH ITS LONG, DARK BODY
AND SMALL DORSAL FIN. WITHOUT
THE SIGNATURE SHARK FIN, IT MAKES ME HOPEFUL IT’S
THE PREDATOR I’M LOOKING FOR. …REMEMBER THE METRICS
OF THAT ONE… ALTHOUGH I’VE NEVER SEEN ONE
IN THE FLESH, I RECOGNIZE THIS ANIMAL. IN ICELAND,
IT’S CALLED THE HáKARL, BUT I KNOW IT
AS THE GREENLAND SHARK, A CREATURE ALL-BUT-UNKNOWN
TO MODERN SCIENCE. AND FIRST FILMED IN THE WILD
ONLY 10 YEARS AGO. GREENLAND SHARKS LIVE FURTHER
NORTH THAN ANY OTHER SHARK, AND THEY’RE THE ONLY SHARK
TO HUNT UNDER ARCTIC ICE. THEIR RANGE EXACTLY COINCIDES
WITH THE VIKINGS’ KINGDOM, FROM GREENLAND
TO ICELAND TO NORWAY, AND MOST SIGNIFICANTLY,
SCOTLAND. WE KNOW THAT THE VIKINGS ATE
ITS FLESH, SO THIS MONSTROUS CREATURE IS ONE THEY MUST HAVE BEEN
VERY FAMILIAR WITH. BUT IRONICALLY, WE KNOW ALMOST
NOTHING ABOUT THESE ANIMALS. SO, THE ONLY WAY
I’LL BE ABLE TO TELL IF THEY’RE CAPABLE
OF INSPIRING THE LEGEND IS TO CATCH ONE. BUT THIS IS GOING TO BE
A MONUMENTAL CHALLENGE. HERE, THESE MONSTERS LIVE AT THE BOTTOM
OF A 2,000-FOOT-DEEP FJORD. TRYING TO GET SOME PERSPECTIVE
ON THIS, I’VE PICTURED THEM
AS A HANDFUL OF RICE GRAINS RANDOMLY SCATTERED ON THE
BOTTOM OF A SWIMMING POOL AND HAVE TO FIGHT
THE URGE TO GIVE UP NOW. THIS WILL BE THE FIRST TIME I’VE EVER TRIED TO FISH
AT SUCH STAGGERING DEPTHS, AND I DON’T HAVE MUCH TIME TO
LEARN A WHOLE NEW METHODOLOGY. IT’S THE END OF AUTUMN. AS SOON AS WINTER CLOSES IN, SHARK FISHING IN THIS FJORD
WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE. [ WIPER SQUEAKING ] Kullin: WE TRY TO HIT
THE BORDERLINE BETWEEN THE ROCK AND THE CLAY. IT SEEMS LIKE
THEY’RE CRUISING AROUND ALONG THESE EDGES HERE.
Wade: YEAH. SEARCHING FOR FOOD. THE LOGISTICS OF WORKING
AT THESE DEPTHS INVOLVE A GREAT DEAL
OF PRECISION, EFFORT, AND CARE. GET CAUGHT IN THIS ROPE, AND YOU’LL BE ON A ONE-WAY TRIP
TO THE BOTTOM OF THE FJORD. WE’RE GONNA BE
USING SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 800 AND 1,000 METERS
OF ANCHOR LINE HERE. RIGHT. SO, THAT’S A GOOD HALF
A MILE OF ANCHOR LINE. YEAH. YOU HAVE TO GET
ENOUGH ANGLE ON THE ROPE SO THE ANCHOR
CAN GET HOLD OF THE CLAY. I’LL BE USING THE LONGEST LINES
I’VE EVER FISHED WITH, SO THICK,
NYLON MONOFILAMENT IS OUT. IT WOULD CREATE TOO MUCH DRAG
IN THE CURRENT, AND THE REEL WOULD HAVE TO BE
ENORMOUS. INSTEAD, I’M USING WOVEN BRAID. IT’S VERY FINE AND VERY STRONG,
BUT IT DOES HAVE A FATAL FLAW. WE’LL USE THESE LONG TRACES
FOR PROTECTION ON THE BRAID. YEAH. AND THE SKIN IS —
IS LIKE VERY ROUGH SANDPAPER. SO, IF THE SKIN TOUCHES THAT,
IT JUST GOES LIKE THAT. IMMEDIATELY. IN THE OLD DAYS,
WHEN THEY WERE FISHING, NORMALLY,
THEY USED REALLY ROTTEN BAIT. I DON’T REALLY LIKE THAT.
NO. MORE LYING, LIKE,
24 HOURS WITHOUT ICE. SO THEY GET A SMELL. I GET TO WORK
ON THE OTHER THREE LINES WHILE FREDRICK CHECKS
OUR POSITION WITH FIRST MATE WILHELM. BUT ALREADY, THERE’S A PROBLEM. WE’VE ACTUALLY DRIFTED
OUT OF POSITION. THE ANCHOR HAS DRAGGED, SO WE’RE GOING THROUGH
THE WHOLE PROCESS AGAIN. IT’S TAKEN
AN HOUR OF MANEUVERING, BUT HALF A MILE OF ANCHOR LINE
NOW HAS TO COME IN… …BEFORE
THE BOAT’S REPOSITIONED, AND IT’S THROWN OUT AGAIN. WE’VE BAITED UP THE LINES, AND WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO NOW
IS JUST CHECK THAT WE’RE NOT DRIFTING, AND THEN,
WE’LL JUST PUT THEM ALL DOWN. IF WE’RE LUCKY,
WE’LL STAY HERE. WE WON’T HAVE TO RE-ANCHOR. THIS IS THE DEEPEST
I’VE EVER FISHED WITH BAIT. THAT WILL BE BETWEEN A QUARTER
AND HALF A MILE OF LINE OUT WHEN THIS HITS THE BOTTOM. AND THEN, WELL,
BRINGING THE BAIT UP TO CHECK IT IS GOING TO BE FAIRLY PHYSICAL, AND THEN BRINGING
A LARGE FISH UP FROM THIS KIND OF DEPTH,
AS WELL, IS NOT SOMETHING
I’VE EXPERIENCED BEFORE. MY LINES ARE DESCENDING
INTO A VAST, HIDDEN LANDSCAPE LIKE A SUBMERGED GRAND CANYON. BUT FREDRICK’S SONAR
CAN’T REVEAL ANY SHARKS PROWLING DOWN THERE. THEY’RE TOO DEEP, AND THEIR BODIES ARE TOO DENSE
TO BE DISTINGUISHED FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE ABYSS
IN WHICH THEY’RE HUNTING. SO, WE’VE GOT
ALL THE LINES OUT NOW. IT’S JUST A QUESTION OF WAITING
AND KEEPING AN EYE ON THE RODS. AND WHAT THEY’RE DOING IS,
THEY’RE MOVING. THAT MOVEMENT IS FITTING
THE MOVEMENT OF THE BOAT. AND WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR
IS A MOVEMENT THAT IS SOMEHOW WRONG, IT DOESN’T FIT
THE MOVEMENT OF THE BOAT. EITHER IT BENDS AT THE WRONG
TIME, OR MAYBE EVEN STRAIGHTENS. OR POSSIBLY,
SOMETHING PICKS UP THE BAIT AND REALLY STEAMS OFF WITH IT. WE’RE GONNA HEAR IT. IT’S GONNA ACTUALLY TAKE LINE
OFF THE REEL, AND THE CLICKERS ON HERE,
SO THAT WILL ALERT US AUDIBLY. BUT IT’S BASICALLY JUST WATCHING
THE ROD TOPS NOW. THE SUN MIGHT BE SHINING, BUT THE TEMPERATURE’S NEAR ZERO
AS WE WAIT FOR A SIGN. AFTER TWO HOURS, WE BRING ALL THE LINES UP
TO CHECK THE BAITS. BETWEEN THE 4 RODS, THAT’S ALMOST
A MILE AND A HALF OF LINE CARRYING 20 POUNDS OF METAL
WEIGHTS REELED IN BY HAND. MY WHOLE ARM IS BURNING. I’VE NOW BEEN WINDING THIS
FOR 20 MINUTES. NO FISH ON THE END HERE. THIS IS JUST THE LEAD
AND WHAT’S LEFT OF THE BAIT. SO THAT’S A HARDER FIGHT
WITH THIS THAN WITH MANY LIVE FISH
THAT I’VE CAUGHT. RIGHT, THAT’S WHY WE HAVE TO
CHECK THE BAITS PERIODICALLY BECAUSE THEY JUST GET CHEWED
BY SMALLER FISH. THERE’S A POSSIBILITY A SHARK
COULD TAKE THAT, BUT, I MEAN, THAT’S NOT A VERY
EFFECTIVE APPETIZING BAIT. SO, THAT’S WHY I SPENT
25 MINUTES BRINGING THEM UP, TO HAVE A LOOK. ALL THE HOOKS
HAVE TO BE REBAITED… …AND THE LINES RESET
2,000 FEET BELOW. DESPITE
THE EXTRAORDINARY DISTANCE BETWEEN ROD TIP AND BAIT, THE LINE IS
SURPRISINGLY SENSITIVE. THAT IS NOW ON THE BOTTOM. I CAN ACTUALLY FEEL WHEN
THAT LINE TIGHTENS TO THE LEAD. JUST TAKE UP
A TINY BIT OF SLACK. IT’S READY. WITH EVERY LINE FINELY TUNED… THE WAIT BEGINS AGAIN. [ GULLS SQUAWKING ] HMM. THAT’S INTERESTING.
IT’S SORT OF — OH, WAIT A MINUTE.
SEE THAT? Kullin:
IS THERE MOVEMENT? YEAH, THAT’S SORT OF
PULLING DOWN. YEAH, YEAH, YEAH. PUT ON THE HARNESS. YEAH, YEAH, YEAH. THE HARNESS SHOULD STOP THE ROD BEING WRENCHED
FROM MY HANDS BY A HEAVYWEIGHT GIANT. [ LINE SQUEAKING ] THERE’S DEFINITELY
SOMETHING THERE. YEAH, THERE IS. AND IT FEELS LIKE
IT WEIGHS A TON. ON A FREEZING FJORD IN NORWAY, I’M TRYING TO HAUL UP A GIANT
FROM 2,000 FEET BELOW. Kullin: COME ON.
YEAH. COULD THIS CREATURE
HAVE INSPIRED THE LEGEND OF LOCH NESS? START TO REEL IN
THE OTHER ONES. THE OTHER LINES HAVE TO COME UP BEFORE I CAN BRING IN
THE BEAST ON THE END OF MINE. IF THEY DON’T,
THE FISH COULD BECOME TANGLED AND TRAPPED BENEATH THE BOAT. IT FEELS LIKE IT’S BEING PULLED
AROUND THAT WAY QUITE A BIT. I THINK IT MIGHT.
YEAH. THAT IS — THAT’S A VERY BIG SKATE,
ISN’T IT? THAT IS A NORWEGIAN SKATE.
IT’S A NORWEGIAN SKATE. THIS BIZARRE CREATURE
OF THE FJORD FLOOR WAS FIRST DESCRIBED HERE
IN TRONDHEIM. IT’S AN EXTREMELY RARE SIGHT
AT THE SURFACE. THE FANTASTICAL IMAGINATION
OF THE NORDIC MAP MAKERS NOW SEEMS QUITE TAME COMPARED WITH THE REALITY
OF WHAT’S DOWN THERE. IT’S A VERY
IMPRESSIVE-LOOKING ANIMAL, VERY STRANGE LOOKING ANIMAL,
BUT VERY RARE, AS WELL. APPARENTLY,
FREDRICK IS SAYING ONLY FOUR OF THESE CAUGHT
ON ROD AND LINE BEFORE, SO, WE GOT TO REMEMBER.
WE GOT TO TAKE A TISSUE SAMPLE. THESE THINGS DON’T COME
TO THE LIGHT VERY OFTEN AT ALL. FREDRICK WORKS WITH A SCIENTIST
AT TROMSO UNIVERSITY WHO COLLECTS ALL THE DATA FROM HIS CATCHES
OF SHARKS AND SKATES. IT’S THE RIGHT COLOR
FOR THE FISH THAT I WANT. THE SKIN UNDERNEATH CERTAINLY
HAS GOT THAT ROUGH FEEL, BUT IT’S COMPLETELY
THE WRONG SHAPE. SKATES ARE FLATTENED SHARKS, AND THIS IS
A VERY STRANGE-LOOKING SKATE, BUT IT’S STILL NOT
THE FISH I’M LOOKING FOR. THIS FISH WAS BORN IN DARKNESS AND MAY NEVER HAVE SEEN
DAYLIGHT BEFORE. THOSE EYES
ARE VERY, VERY LUMINOUS. THERE CAN’T BE A LOT OF LIGHT
DOWN WHERE THIS THING LIVES, BUT THIS THING PRESUMABLY
MANAGES TO SEE SOMETHING. WE DON’T WANT TO OVERLY STRESS
THIS RARE VISITOR TO OUR WORLD. WE HAVE TO TAG IT AND MEASURE
IT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. 125 ACROSS.
125 ACROSS. 4 FOOT ACROSS
BY NEARLY 6 FOOT NOSE TO TAIL. SHARKS AND SKATES
ARE AMONG THE FEW FISH THAT CAN SURVIVE BEING
BROUGHT UP FROM SUCH DEPTHS. THEY HAVEN’T EVOLVED THE GAS-FILLED SWIM BLADDERS
OF OTHER FISH THAT CAN RUPTURE ON THE WAY UP. THAT THING IS
A BIT LIKE AN ALIEN, A REAL WEIRD-LOOKING THING,
LIVING IN A WEIRD ENVIRONMENT. SOME PEOPLE SPEND THEIR LIVES WAITING FOR SUCH A CHANCE
ENCOUNTER WITH A MONSTER, BOTH HERE AND AT LOCH NESS. THE BIG GREENLAND SHARK
STILL ELUDES ME. THAT THING IS ACTUALLY RARER. WHERE IS THE SHARK? THE BAITS HAVE TO BE CHANGED, THE LINES RESET,
AND THE HUNT GOES ON. TRONDHEIM’S FJORD
IS THE PERFECT HIDEOUT — SHELTERED INLAND, BUT STRATEGICALLY LOCATED
FOR ACCESS TO THE OPEN SEA. DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR, THIS FJORD WAS HOME
TO A NAZI SUBMARINE BASE, AND THE BODIES
OF SEVERAL GIANT SQUID HAVE WASHED UP ON ITS SHORES. CLEARLY,
THIS EXTRAORDINARY ABYSS IS THE PERFECT HIDING PLACE
FOR GIANTS. FOR MY POINT OF VIEW NOW,
I’M GOING INTO NIGHTTIME. THE TEMPERATURE’S GOING TO DIP, BUT FROM THE POINT OF VIEW
OF THE SHARK, IT’S PROBABLY
NOT GOING TO NOTICE. IT’S JUST PERPETUALLY DARK,
PERPETUALLY COLD DOWN THERE. BUT WE’RE GONNA CARRY ON
FISHING — I DON’T KNOW, POSSIBLY
TO MIDNIGHT, BEYOND, EVEN. BUT THAT’S GONNA
BRING ADDED CHALLENGES. ACTUALLY, IF WE GET A FISH. DEALING WITH THAT AT NIGHTTIME
IS GOING TO BE A BIT MORE COMPLICATED
THAN DURING DAYLIGHT. I CAN ONLY GUESS
AT WHAT ELSE LIVES IN THE ETERNALLY DARK DEPTHS
BENEATH US. BUT AS THE BAITS
LABORIOUSLY COME UP, ONE BY ONE, TO BE CHECKED, IT TURNS OUT THE GREENLAND
SHARKS ARE FAR FROM ALONE. THERE WE GO.
THIS IS A DOGFISH. IT WASN’T EVEN HOOKED. THIS HAD ITS MOUTH AROUND THE
TAIL END OF A PIECE OF MACKEREL, AND IT HUNG ON ALL THE WAY UP. IT’S CALLED A BLACKMOUTH
DOGFISH, THIS, ‘CAUSE IT’S GOT THAT VERY CHARACTERISTIC
BLACK INSIDE OF THE MOUTH. THE DENIZENS OF THE DEEP
TARGETING MY BAIT ARE GETTING
INCREASINGLY GRUESOME. THERE’S DEFINITELY
SOMETHING FEEDING DOWN THERE — THESE THINGS, LICE. THERE ARE HUNDREDS
OF SPECIES OF SEA LICE, AND THEY FEED ON THE MUCUS,
SKIN, AND BLOOD OF MARINE FISH. AS WELL AS BEING DISGUSTING,
THE BAITS JUST DON’T LAST. WE HAVE TO KEEP
BRINGING THEM UP, CHECKING THEM,
PUTTING THEM DOWN. BUT AFTER 14 HOURS
ON THE ICY FJORD, IT SEEMS ONLY THE SEA LICE
ARE BITING. HOURS ARE TURNING INTO DAYS, AND WITH WINTER
LOOMING EVER CLOSER, MY TIME HERE IS RUNNING OUT. STRONG NORTHERLY WINDS
START TO PLAY WITH THE WEATHER IN THE FJORD, AND THE TEMPERATURE
NOW DROPS BELOW ZERO, BUT I MUST GO ON. I’VE ELIMINATED
EVERY OTHER CREATURE THAT COULD BE THE INSPIRATION
BEHIND THE LOCH NESS MONSTER. ALL THAT’S LEFT
IS THE GREENLAND SHARK. FISHING IS ALL ABOUT BELIEF,
ISN’T IT? AND THEY’RE DEFINITELY
DOWN THERE, BUT IT’S JUST GETTING A BAIT
IN FRONT OF ONE. THAT IS WHAT WE’RE WAITING FOR. WE’RE MOORING
FURTHER DOWN THE FJORD TO SEE IF OUR LUCK IMPROVES. I’M HOPING
THE RAINBOW IS A SIGN, BUT IT FEELS LIKE
THE CHANCE OF CATCHING THE MOTHER OF ALL MONSTERS
IS SLIPPING THROUGH MY FINGERS. WE’RE FISHING ON THE EDGE
OF A STRICTLY NO-GO AREA WHICH, FOR DECADES,
WAS USED AS A MUNITIONS DUMP. FREDRICK HAS BROUGHT UP
HAND GRENADES HERE BEFORE. BUT NOW,
GALE FORCE WINDS AND WAVES ARE DRAGGING THE ANCHOR AND US TOWARDS THE DANGER ZONE. WE HAVE TO GET ALL THE LINES UP
BEFORE WE CAN LIFT THE ANCHOR AND GET OUT
OF THE GRENADE TERRITORY, BUT THEY’RE TANGLING
UNDER THE BOAT. THE WIND HAS BUILT
TO 45 MILES AN HOUR. CHOPPERS ARE SCRAMBLING
TO ASSIST BOATS IN DISTRESS. AND WE’VE JUST LOST
THE DAYLIGHT. WE’RE NOW RUNNING FOR SHORE BECAUSE IT’S JUST IMPOSSIBLE
TO FISH IN THIS WATER. ON TOP OF THAT,
THE ANCHOR WAS DRAGGING. IT WAS TAKING US
ON TOP OF THIS DUMPING AREA, WHERE THERE’S OLD FISHING BOATS, AMMUNITION, ALL SORTS OF STUFF
DOWN THERE. IMAGINE I HAD A FISH HALFWAY UP, AND THE WEATHER KICKED OFF LIKE
THIS, AND WE’VE JUST GOT TO GO. WE’VE ACTUALLY JUST CUT
THE LINE. SO, I’M JUST HOPING
THIS BLOWS ITSELF OUT TONIGHT, BECAUSE AT THE MOMENT,
IT’S JUST IMPOSSIBLE. I’VE COME ALMOST 4,000 MILES IN SEARCH OF THE TRUTH BEHIND
THE MONSTER OF LOCH NESS. I’VE FISHED
DEPTHS OF 2,000 FEET IN SUB-ZERO TEMPERATURES
AND GALE FORCE WINDS. I CAN’T GIVE UP NOW. THE NEXT DAY,
THE WATER IS CALM, BUT FREDRICK’S HEARD
DISTURBING NEWS ON THE SHIPPING FORECAST
OVERNIGHT. THIS IS PRETTY DEFINITELY
MY LAST DAY ON THE FIELD. THE WEATHER IS CHANGING. WINDS COMING IN FROM THE ARCTIC,
BRINGING SUB-ZERO TEMPERATURES, POSSIBLE FORCE-NINE GALE. THIS KIND OF FISHING,
SENSITIVE FISHING, JUST ISN’T POSSIBLE
IN THAT KIND OF ROUGH WEATHER, SO, UM [SIGHS] STAKES ARE VERY,
VERY HIGH TODAY. I’M SO NEAR, YET SO FAR. I CAN ALMOST FEEL THE SHARKS’
PRESENCE BENEATH ME, BUT STILL, 2,000 FEET AWAY. LIKE CAPTAIN AHAB HUNTING
THE GREAT WHITE WHALE, I’VE BECOME A MAN OBSESSED. [ WIND HOWLING ] THINKING OF ALL THOSE PEOPLE ON THE SHORES OF LOCH NESS
OVER THE YEARS, STARING AT THE WATER,
LOOKING FOR A SIGN, SOME KIND OF EVIDENCE OF LIFE
UNDER THE SURFACE. WELL, THAT’S EXACTLY
WHAT I’M DOING HERE, EXCEPT WHAT I’M STARING AT
IS THE TIPS OF THESE RODS, WAITING FOR
SOME TELLTALE MOVEMENT, SOME CLUE
AS TO WHAT’S LIVING UNDERNEATH, BUT AS YET, NOT MUCH
MORE SUCCESS THAN THEY HAD. AS MY FINAL HOURS MELT AWAY, I BEGIN TO LOSE MYSELF IN THE
EERIE WHISTLING OF THE LINES. [ LINES WHISTLING ] AFTER FISHING 400 ROD HOURS AND
REELING IN 50 MILES OF LINE, IS MY LUCK ABOUT TO CHANGE? WHAT’S HE DOING?
GOOD NORTHER. OH, YEAH. OH, YEAH. [ LINE WHIRRING ] YOU FEEL
SOME REEL WEIGHT NOW? YES.
YES. GOOD MAN. THAT IS NOT THE LEAD,
THAT IS — THAT’S THE FISH. IT’S MY LAST CHANCE, BUT IS IT THE MONSTER
I’VE COME SO FAR TO FIND? SOMETHING MONSTROUS
HAS SEIZED MY BAIT… THAT’S THE FISH. …AT THE BOTTOM OF A FREEZING, 2,000-FOOT-DEEP
NORWEGIAN FJORD. COULD BE ANOTHER 50 YARDS,
IT COULD BE ANOTHER 100. I’VE NEVER HAD TO HAUL
ANY FISH UP SUCH AN EXTRAORDINARY DISTANCE, WAY HIGHER
THAN THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING. THERE’S A PULSING. THERE’S A VERY,
VERY SORT OF SLOW PULSING. IT’S ROLLING.
IT’S ROLLING. THAT’S WHAT YOU FEEL. IF THIS IS A GREENLAND SHARK, AND ITS ROUGH SKIN TOUCHES
THE BRAID, THE LINE WILL SEVER,
AND I’LL LOSE MY LAST CHANCE. IT’S VERY IMPORTANT
THE OTHER LINES COME IN TO MAKE SURE
THAT WE DON’T GET TANGLED. I THINK IT’S GETTING NEAR
THE BOAT. IT’S PROBABLY AWARE
OF THE BOAT NOW. LEAVE THAT. LEAVE THAT. OKAY. [ DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYING ] THERE IT IS.
THERE IT IS. IT’S A GREENLAND SHARK. IT’S JUST TOO BIG
TO BRING ON BOARD. WE’D ONLY INJURE IT TRYING. WE’LL HAVE TO TIE IT ALONGSIDE. THAT’S A MONSTROUS THING TO FIND
THIS FAR INLAND AND TO BRING UP
FROM SUCH A DEPTH, AS WELL, BUT WE’RE JUST TRYING TO GET
THE TAIL ROPE ON IT NOW. ONLY THEN WILL WE BE ABLE
TO GET A GOOD IDEA OF ITS LENGTH AND DIMENSIONS. GOING BY THE STANDARDS OF WHAT
NORMALLY LIVES INLAND, THIS IS — THIS IS HUGE.
THIS IS MONSTROUS. WILHELM TRACKED HIM
AS POSSIBLY 400 POUNDS. DESPITE THEIR ENORMOUS SIZE,
THEY’RE A MYSTERY TO SCIENCE. WE KNOW VIRTUALLY NOTHING ABOUT
HOW THEY LIVE, BREED, OR HUNT. IT’S VERY HARD TO ACTUALLY SEE
THIS CREATURE WELL. IT’S NIGHT TIME, BUT THIS IS
A LONG, SOLID-BODIED ANIMAL. SMALL DORSAL FIN. THAT’S NOT YOUR NORMAL,
ERECT SHARK DORSAL FIN. IF THIS WAS ACTUALLY
AT THE SURFACE, YOU WOULDN’T SEE THAT CHARACTERISTIC TRIANGLE
CUTTING THE SURFACE. IT’D BE JUST MORE
OF A SMOOTH HUMP. BUT IF I WANT TO GET
A CLOSER LOOK, AND IF THE FISH CAN’T COME TO
ME IN THE BOAT, I HAVE TO GO TO THE FISH. I HAVE NO CHOICE BUT
TO GET INTO THE FREEZING WATER WITH THE WORLD’S
LARGEST PREDATORY SHARK AFTER THE GREAT WHITE. THIS WATER,
EVEN THROUGH THE DRY SUIT AND ABOUT FIVE LAYERS
OF UNDERGARMENTS, IS COLD. IT’S COLD, AND THIS THING
LIVES IN IT ALL THE TIME. NOT UP HERE,
NEARLY HALF A MILE DOWN. DARK BROWN IN COLOR. THIS CAME UP
AND DID BREAK THE SURFACE, YOU WOULDN’T ACTUALLY THINK
IT WAS A SHARK. YOU WOULDN’T KNOW WHAT IT WAS. IT HAS GOT THIS SORT OF UPTURNED
BOAT HULL APPEARANCE. WHAT A BEAST THIS IS. IT’S BELIEVED
THEY’LL EAT ALMOST ANYTHING THEY COME ACROSS
DOWN IN THE ABYSSAL DEPTHS. NO ONE YET KNOWS WHAT POTENTIAL
THREAT THEY POSE TO HUMANS. I’VE LOST A PART OF THE SHARK —
I’M A BIT TOO CLOSE. I’M GONNA COME BACK
A LITTLE BIT. I THINK IT’S PROBABLY
GETTING CLOSE TO THE TIME WHEN WE SHOULD ACTUALLY SLIP
THE HOOK OUT OF IT, LET IT GO BACK TO THE DEPTHS.
YEAH. OKAY. [ SPEAKING INDISTINCTLY ] AS I CLAMBER
OUT OF THE FREEZING FJORD, FREDRICK TAGS THE SHARK
IN CASE IT EVER SURFACES AGAIN. HOOK’S OUT. [ SPEAKS INDISTINCTLY ] IT’S GONE ALREADY. AND IT JUST SEEMS VERY UNREAL
NOW THAT IT WAS HERE. I ALMOST NEED TO PINCH MYSELF.
THIS IS INLAND. THIS IS A FISH THAT IS HUGE
BY INLAND STANDARDS. NOT JUST A LARGE CREATURE, BUT A VERY,
VERY EXTRAORDINARY CREATURE, AND SOMETHING THAT VERY,
VERY LITTLE IS KNOWN ABOUT. A LOT OF PEOPLE EVEN LIVING
AROUND HERE HAVE NO IDEA THAT CREATURES LIKE THAT ARE
ALMOST RIGHT UNDER THEIR NOSES. BUT COULD THIS MYSTERIOUS GIANT BE THE CREATURE BEHIND
THE LEGEND OF LOCH NESS? I’VE CONSIDERED THE CONTENDERS, FROM WHALES AND DOLPHINS TO SEALS AND STURGEON, AND EVEN PLESIOSAURS. BUT ONE BY ONE,
I’VE HAD TO DISMISS THEM ALL. BUT IN ICELAND, THE HOME
OF THE VIKINGS’ MONSTER MYTHS, I CAME ACROSS A REAL CONTENDER. HáKARL. IT ALSO MEANS “THE ONE.” THAT ULTIMATELY LED ME
TO THE ONE — THE GREENLAND SHARK IN
THIS ABYSSAL FJORD IN NORWAY. WHAT I’M REALIZING NOW IS JUST
HOW SPECIAL THAT ENCOUNTER WAS, TO SEE THAT CREATURE
RISE FROM THE DEPTHS ON THE END OF MY LINE. I’VE SEEN THIS THING MYSELF.
I KNOW IT EXISTS. AND I BELIEVE
IT COULD HAVE INSPIRED SOME OF THE MONSTER STORIES THAT THE VIKINGS PASS
BETWEEN GENERATIONS AND ACROSS
THE LANDS THEY CONQUERED. FROM EXPERIENCE, I’VE LEARNED THAT MANY LEGENDS
HOLD A GRAIN OF TRUTH, AND I’M NOW WONDERING
WHETHER NOT JUST THE MYTH, BUT THE ANIMAL ITSELF,
EVER SURFACED IN LOCH NESS. MY JOURNEY HAS LED ME TO A REMARKABLE,
IMMENSE PREDATOR THAT IS SO SECRETIVE THAT
WE KNOW ALMOST NOTHING ABOUT IT. BUT WHAT WE DO KNOW IS THAT IT LIVES IN EXACTLY
THE RIGHT PART OF THE WORLD, WHERE IT HUNTS IN ALMOST UNIMAGINABLY DEEP,
DARK, AND COLD WATER. BUT ON RARE OCCASIONS, IT’S ALSO KNOWN TO RISE UP
NEAR THE SURFACE. AND IF YOU WERE ONE
OF THE VERY FEW PEOPLE TO HAVE WITNESSED THIS CREATURE
IN THE FLESH, YOU’D HAVE NO DOUBT
THAT YOU’D SEEN A MONSTER. PERHAPS EVEN THE ULTIMATE
RIVER MONSTER — THE LEGEND OF LEGENDS. BUT WHO WOULD BELIEVE YOU? WATCH “HOW TO CATCH
A RIVER MONSTER,” MY SHORT-FORM FISHING SERIES,
ON animalplanet.com.

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