Two New Zealanders will leave for Mongolia's Gobi Desert next week on an ambitious expedition to find the fabled acid-spitting and lightning-throwing Mongolian death worm. The worm has never been documented but some Mongolians are convinced it exists. They call it Allghoi Khorkhoi, or "intestine worm" because it resembles a cow's intestine and is about 1.5m long.
They say it jumps out of the sand and kills people by spitting concentrated acid or shooting lightning from its rectum over long distances. Auckland-based journalist David Farrier, who is organising the expedition, and Motueka-based cameraman Christie Douglas, leave on Tuesday to spend two weeks in the Gobi, trying to verify the worm's existence and making a documentary about it.
They will hire local Mongolians to help them; a guide, translator and cook.
Farrier, who works for TV3, told NZPA he had always been fascinated by cryptozoology, or the search for hidden creatures. The expedition and documentary, which would cost him between $15,000 and $20,000, would take a serious look at the worm and what it was, Farrier said.
He said he was interested in the death worm because it was one of the most outrageous creatures that were rumoured to exist. However, it was also one of the mythical creatures that had a better chance of being real. Rumours could inflate the reputation of things such as the Loch Ness monster and Bigfoot, but sparsely populated Mongolia was not a place where rumours were going to propagate, Farrier said. "If a Mongolian says they have seen a big worm-like creature out in the desert they haven't really got any reason to lie."
A number of experts have dismissed the worm's existence, putting it down as a rumour, but Farrier was not put off. "I think it won't be a worm, obviously a worm can't survive in a desert. I'd say it would be some sort of snake that's not meant to be there. It's very out of place and a bit new." Farrier said there been up to four unsuccessful expeditions searching for the death worm in the last 100 years, the last two in 2003 and 2005, which had used night vision goggles to look for the worm. However, the New Zealand team planned to bring the worm to the surface with explosives, as it is said to be attracted to tremors.
Farrier put his chances of finding the worm at between 5 and 15 percent. "They are high for a ridiculous creature like the death worm but the area I am going to is a very specific place in the southern Gobi where all the sightings have been." He only plans to capture the worm on film. "I have no intention of grabbing it, capturing it, stuffing it, or anything like that. I just want to prove its existence and if I can get it on film, that's all I need to do."
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evildweeb wrote:Deathworm discovered? Documentary definite
Mon, 31 Aug 2009
There may not actually be solid evidence of an acid-spitting, lightning-throwing Mongolian deathworm living in the Gobi Desert but there will definitely be a documentary about it.
Journalist David Farrier and cameraman Christie Douglas have returned from Mongolia, where they spent about two weeks trying to verify the deathworm's existence.
Some Mongolians say the Allghoi Khorkhoi, or "intestine worm", resembles a 1.5m-long creature that jumps out of the sand and kills people by spitting concentrated acid or shooting lightning from its rectum over long distances.
Farrier would not say if the pair discovered evidence of the fantastical creature as they were not revealing too much until the documentary was complete.
People were welcome to assume they didn't find anything, he said, however: "As far as telling the story about the deathworm I'd say we were pretty successful in what we came back with and we have definitely got a doco on our hands."
They recorded about 30 hours of footage and spoke to people who said they had seen the worm.
"Because the sightings peaked during the 1950s a lot of these witnesses won't be around for much longer, so I felt pretty lucky to get to some of them before they are actually dead.
"The story of creature hasn't been told yet in any kind of factual way. It's always been crazy people out with flashlights on their heads looking for it, no one has got any facts down about it and that's what this is going to do."
Farrier is hoping to produce a 90 minute documentary by the middle of next year, which could be shown at film festivals.
He would try to get it shown in Mongolia because the locals there were keen to see the results of the trip.
In the Mongolian capital Ulan Bator no one had even heard of the deathworm. However, as they headed south towards the Gobi Desert more and more locals were aware of it.
Farrier said the whole expedition was a fantastic experience, despite experiencing increasingly unpleasant conditions in the Gobi Desert.
They didn't wash for two weeks, and at one stage it was so dry they blew their noses and blood would come out, Farrier said.
Farrier said he believed the deathworm did exist and another trip to Mongolia isn't out of the question.
"There are more leads that can be chased up as far as the deathworm goes, and there is also the Almas, which is their version of the Yeti, which comes down from Russia occasionally, and other creatures are calling from Mongolia."
http://www.odt.co.nz/entertainment/film ... y-definite
aardvaaks wrote:Looking forward to that documentary Evildw, is it a worm, snake or reptile?
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