Beast Legends is a new series that brings legendary creatures to life through state-of-the-art computer graphics. In this investigative adventure series we join a globetrotting animal doctor, a Harvard professor of evolutionary biology, a gifted illustrator, and a mythology maven as they explore the truth behind some of the world's most renowned creatures. Seeking out clues on whether these mythical monsters could have really existed and how they became woven into local lore, the investigators go to any lengths to unravel these myths. From scaling mountains, enduring deserts, and braving jungles to diving the depths of the ocean, the team tracks down evidence to flesh out a fantastic and iconic mythological beast: the griffin, the dragon, the kraken, a giant shark, a killer bird and the Bigfoot of Vietnam. All through the journey the information is fed into a sophisticated graphics program, and at the end a life-like computer-generated model of the creature, living in the real world is created. (Source: Syfy)
Final: 1x06 -- Bird Monster (Oct/15/2010) [Special Airtime: 01:00 am]
In the northwest corner of New Mexico stands a stunning mountain in the desert called Shiprock. This sacred Navajo landmark rises vertically 1,800 feet in the air and is said to be the perch of a fearsome creature with a blood lust. It’s described as a Bird Monster that swoops down from its heights and snatches up hapless men from the desert, slashes them to shreds with its vicious claws, and smashes their bodies to bits on the rocks below so it can feed its Bird Monster chicks. This beast is said to have the wingspan of a small airplane, bear the markings of a condor, and exhibit the predatory behaviour of an eagle. But exactly how does a Bird Monster this big actually take off, let alone fly? How are its wings formed in a way that, according to the legend, enables it to both glide and dive-bomb? And what is the biological precedent for a bird that smashes its prey to bits before devouring it?