In 1944 the United States put Operation Hail Storm into action on a Japanese naval base in Turk Lagoon. The surprise attack sent 80 ships and 270 airplanes to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.
For the past 70 years locals and divers reported unexplained sightings. The reports inspired Team Truth to conduct the first underwater ghost investigation in the world. After arriving in Chuuk, Team Truth rented a small green jeep. This jeep was a real a lemon. Team Truth asked if gas masks were provided with the vehicle because they were choking on the exhaust fumes. A yellow light was flashing on the dashboard. And Josh referred to the green lemon as a Fred Flintstone car because he could see the ground below his feet.
Josh Gates interviewed Mason Fritz, Chuuk’s Cultural Ambassador, to learn more about the battle that turned the tide of World War II. During the interview, Josh learned that a lot of locals died in Operation Hail Storm because the U.S. boomed the entire land. Josh also learned that 3,000 Japanese died that day. After speaking to the ambassador, Team Truth interviewed Regina Herbert, a local woman who saw a spirit on Etal Island. After listening to Herbert’s intense testimony, Josh heads to the docks. There, Josh interviewed local diving legend Kelvin Davidson, who has witnessed many paranormal occurrences in the lagoon. Kelvin claimed that he heard engines running from the wreckage.
Team Truth targeted the investigation to 4 ships that had the most reported paranormal activity. They used two pieces of equipment that was vital to the investigation. The R.O.V. (underwater remote operated vehicle) was used to give a computer blueprint of the wreckage, so the operator above could radio the divers below with directions. An underwater hydrophone, which is just an underwater microphone, was used to pick up noises below.
Josh found loads of human remains, live bombs, and picked up on sounds of running engines during the underwater ghost investigation.
In the evening, Destination Truth dispatched a separate team to investigate Etal Island. Locals have reported that the island was haunted. The Japanese used the island as an airfield and command center. Bobby, Shawn, Dan, and Vanessa set up base camp at Etal and got to work. Bobby, Shawn, and Dan investigated the island by doing EVP sessions and using a thermo camera to pick up heat signatures. They were freaked out on the island. One of them claimed that something touched his hand and there wasn’t any indication of a spirit on the equipment. Another investigator got a heat signature in the shape of a human in the doorway of an old building.
After the investigation, Destination Truth packed up the evidence and headed home. Josh took his findings to Syfy’s head ghost hunters, Jason and Grant. The Ghost Hunters dismissed the heat signature footage on Etal Island as a local walking by the door. However, they were more impressed with the underwater investigation. Jason and Grant thought the evidence of running engines at the bottom of the lagoon has merit. Grant was extremely excited about this new ground of paranormal investigation. He wished that more people would do it and wouldn’t mind trying it himself.
Once again, Josh Gates has broken ground on a new frontier. First, his discovery of a Yeti footprint a few years ago. Now, the field of underwater paranormal research.