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Ghosts of Truk Lagoon/Japanese Kappa Monster
Season 4 - Episode 404
Ghosts of Truk Lagoon/Japanese Kappa Monster
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Ghosts of Truk Lagoon

The Case: If you're a scuba diver, you've probably heard of the Truk Lagoon. Located halfway between the Philippines and Hawaii near the Chuuk Islands, this lagoon offers some of the best wreck diving in the world. Once the site of a decisive battle between Japan and United States during World War II, there are numerous ships, planes, tanks, and submarines that have been resting here since they were shot down nearly 70 years ago. Now, divers and locals claim that the ghosts of these soldiers haunt the waters around the wreckage.

The Adventure: This week, our Team Truth makes history with the first known paranormal investigation to take place underwater. But first, Josh and crew must get to the Chuuk Islands. They start their journey with a 7,000 mile flight to Guam and from there fly to Chuuk, Micronesia where they rent a colorful jeep that's seen better days. Around the island, they see many reminders of the long-ago war, from rusted tanks to half-submerged ships. After learning that more that 3,000 Japanese soldiers lost their lives in or near the waters around Chuuk, Josh interviews both a local woman and a diver to get a better sense of what he's up against. After finally dropping anchor, Josh dives into different parts of the lagoon (with the support of some high-tech underwater equipment) and makes some interesting finds, like live bomb ordinance and the inexplicable sound of a running engine. In the evening, Gates sets up base camp on Etten Island, where they encounter more odd noises and strange sights, both above ground and beneath the water's surface.

The Findings: When they return to Destination Truth headquarters in Los Angeles, the team consults with the Ghost Hunters (Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson) to analyze their underwater findings, including a recording of what might be a voice, a human-like heat signature, and the mysterious underwater machine sounds. Gates has clearly broken new ground by going into the sea in search of the paranormal, but the Ghost Hunters seem to think the only evidence of merit is the underwater engine sound.

Japanese Kappa Monster

The Case: In northern Japan, you'll find many children's lunchboxes decorated with a cute, green reptile on the side. That animal, called a Kappa, was once feared as an evil cross between a demon and a turtle before it became something of a national mascot. Recently, however, a new spate of ominous sightings has given rise to rumors that the Kappa has returned and is responsible for missing livestock and even children.

The Adventure: 5,500 miles away from Los Angeles in Tokyo, Josh and Team Truth start their search for the Kappa in an unlikely place: Downtown Tokyo. After getting their fill of Kappa-mania, the crew also visits a nearby temple said to be in possession of a Kappa's foot. The next morning finds the team on the road, driving six hours north to Tono, closer to the origins of the Kappa. After a local interview, Josh suspects that the Kappa may have been the inspiration for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. After finding a man who claims to have seen a Kappa just two days earlier, Josh begins the arduous journey towards the location of the man's sighting. Much later, base camp is set up, including infrared and trap cameras to capture any images of the elusive beast, and the team breaks into two groups to sweep the area. They see a large dark shape in the water and Gates is bumped by something big before they finally pack it in.

The Findings: Back at headquarters, Josh reviews the evidence with Jim Dines, a mammalogist, and Mike Schaadt of the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. Dines determines that the foot on display at the Japanese shrine is not from an amphibious creature, while Schaadt suggests that Josh might have encountered a fish or eel during his late night search. Based on this, the team concludes that the people of Japan may have misidentified some other animal as the feared Kappa.

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