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By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Intriguing series investigates Nessie and friends.

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The series also chronicles some of the ongoing research efforts to either support or disprove the theories surrounding these legendary monsters. In a segment about the Loch Ness Monster, for example, an acoustics expert compiles unique sonar recordings in the fresh water of New England's Lake Champlain, which has long been a hotbed for reported sightings of another large, serpent-like sea creature. The recordings, which resemble those of orcas, are the only ones in existence from a freshwater source; to some, they seem to point to the existence of a highly evolved being dwelling beneath the surface.

As thought-provoking as it is thoroughly researched, MonterQuest is an intriguing series for viewers who want to know more about the world around them. The show makes a concerted effort to give ample time to experts on both sides of each argument, but don't expect to hear anyone reach any conclusive answers. In the end, your guess is as good as theirs -- but at least if you tune in, you'll get some intriguing information to base your opinion on. Just take care if you're planning on watching the show with really young kids, as the sketchy photos, graphical depictions, and eyewitness accounts may be frightening, and the uncertain nature of the ongoing debate over the creatures' very existence could be confusing.

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