Destination Truth – Guam Zombies & Fangalobolo – S04E08

Fangalobolo

Josh and team head to Madagascar to hunt for a massive bat that swoops down out of the night sky and drags people away. It’s been terrorizing the residents for quite some time, but just recently sightings have been on the rise. Basically they’re on the trail of a man sized bat with huge claws that can rip you apart. Exactly what you want to be looking for in the dark!

I swear you never know what’s going to happen when Josh hits the market. A cow’s head without the bones (always a Halloween favorite) and a makeshift ring for some group ass kicking action. I guess you really can find everything and anything is these markets. I’m surprised Josh didn’t take his chances in the ring!

After the market Josh meets up with the Minister of Culture who’s a firm believer in the Fangalobolo. And a witness from a local village says he went into a cave and saw a large bat that seemed to be the leader of the other bats. That image was just a little creepy to me.

As they continue on to the park they seek accommodations in a small village. A small village that throws a big party! And by chance there are some other travelers milling about. The people Josh meets!

But there are also witnesses who say they’ve seen the giant bat in the crocodile cave. Why on earth would you ever go into a place called "crocodile cave"? That’s just asking for the big hurt. Again, lots of people substantiate the claim that there’s an enormous bat.

So it’s off to the cave in a boat that doesn’t look very solid, safe or sea worthy. But should something like safety stop this adventure? Heaven’s no! Jump in and let’s go find the crocs and the giant bat!

And they indeed find crocs in the crocodile cave, did anyone think they wouldn’t? What I didn’t expect was for Josh and Gabe to tip over right as the croc heads into the water. That was certainly unexpected and quite a nail biting moment.

Speaking of nail biting moments, what the hell is the deal with the suspension bridge from the Temple of Doom? Rickety-ass bridge in the middle of the rain forest? Sign me up to cross that! Especially in the dark and not a single piece of safety gear.

Apparently Bobby and Shawn are just as mad as they rig themselves up and climb down a sheer cliff to get to the entrance of a cave. A cave that’s filled with bats that are getting all stirred up by the noise. This adventure is just freaking me out!

What do Bobby and Shawn find for their efforts? They find large scratches on the ceiling of the cave and some sort of talon on the floor.

Josh, Ali and Mike end up in their own bat filled cave after nearly ripping themselves to pieces walking over the jagged lava rocks. Mike takes quite a tumble but manages to keep from really hurting himself. As they venture deeper into the cave they get something on the thermal and Josh says he can see something moving around above them. Something far bigger than the small heat signatures of all the other bats.

Even though they’ve risked their lives there isn’t much evidence. They take the thermal image and the talon back for analysis.

The thermal image is too blurry to make out anything, but it is a pretty substantial blob. Maybe there was something hovering just above them. The "talon" is something Jim Dines can’t identify. It doesn’t really look like a tooth, a talon or a bone so it’s not immediate as to what they’ve found.

The evidence isn’t overwhelming, but Madagascar is known for undiscovered creatures. Even Jim says there are large bats that inhabit the area. He’s not ruling out that such a thing exists.

I do have one question though, why didn’t they get sturdier boats and head back to the crocodile cave where multiple witnesses say they saw something. Their investigation was focused on a completely different location…

Guam Zombies – Taotaomona

Zombies for Halloween, this could be fun!

Josh heads to Guam to investigate claims of zombies that come out at night and haunt the villagers.

It doesn’t sound like these zombies are looking for brains, but they do have rotting flesh, super human strength and give out a blood curdling scream. Yeah, that sounds pretty creepy.

They come across an eyewitness that has a recording of a zombie moaning while he and his mother are sitting around talking. Odd that it was taken when he was a tiny boy, 2 he says, but he’s well into his teens now. Just been holding onto this tape for the right moment to spring it on people? I’m pretty suspicious of this right off the bat. (no pun intended)

They’re told they need to go deep into the jungle to find the Taotaomona. They have to meet with a tribe elder to get permission for the investigation. After he performs the ceremony for the spirits, Gabe makes a blunder and steps on the Latte Stone, their sacred symbol. That was quite the gaffe and Gabe later gets a good cut on his leg which might just be revenge from the spirits.

Now that they’re in the jungle there’s a sheer drop they need to repel down to get to the valley below where the Taotaomona are said to dwell. (I would say live, but that seems wrong) Vanessa does not fair well climbing down the rope and gets multiple cuts on her legs and arms. They look pretty deep and it sends her into shock. She is not having a good time with this adventure. But she’s a trooper and takes her post at base camp to watch the IR cameras.

As the investigation begins, Bobby and Shawn set up a tri-field meter in a cave they discover and get really high readings. Vanessa sees a shadow walk across the IR camera. She heads out and does an EVP session where she saw the shadow.

Back in the cave, Bobby and Shawn come across a precipice and decide they need to repel down into it. These people are daft! Shawn literally reaches the end of his rope and can’t see the bottom of the pit. He makes his way back to the top and they press on with their investigation.

Josh, Ali and Mike find a series of Latte Stones nestled among the Banyan trees. They feel this is a prime location and do an EVP session. Right as they start asking questions Mike is hit in the back and there is a heat signature when Josh puts the thermal imager on him. Mike is clearly shaken and feels it’s a sign for them to move on. He doesn’t want to stick around and get any more signs of their presence.

He gets no argument and the teams heads out.

Josh tosses out the recording they got from the boy and his mom. As Mike says, you can make a recording and make it sound like anything.

The do have the shadow from the IR camera which they can’t really explain. It’s interesting, but they also put that aside. The big evidence is Mike being pushed. It’s hard to say what happened there, but Mike is absolutely convinced he was pushed and that something is out there. However, the Taotaomona are supposed to be a physical being so who knows what Mike encountered.

Did they capture evidence of zombies? No, but I will say that these were probably two of the most dangerous and most exciting episodes they’ve done. The team got pretty banged up and some might even say they got payback from the sprits for stepping on the Latte Stone and for tying a rope to the Banyan tree…

And it looks like that is the end of the first half of the season. Josh and the team are back out on the road, so we’ll have to wait until next year for the exciting conclusion!

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