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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Sasquatch: The Swimming Ape

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An ape swimming

Some primates can swim. Humans can, and a chimpanzee and an orangutan that were raised by humans were seen to swim and dive in 2013.  There are actually quite a few reports of sasquatches being seen in water or swimming.
Lots of these reports have occurred in the Alaska/Washington area. One chapter in J. Robert Alley's 2003 book Raincoast Sasquatch is fully on reports of Sasquatches swimming, as well as one in John Green's book Sasquatch: The Apes Among Us. One report in Green's book is from a woman in Washington. In September of 1967 she saw a Sasquatch coming out of the sea in broad daylight. Later that month another woman saw a sasquatch stand up in the water by her boat. It rose five feet out of the water(which only came up to the top of its legs.)

Alley has many more reports of Sasquatches in water in his book. There is a report from a woman who said that in 1951 a few men chased one of the creatures down to a lake after hearing it on their roof. When it got to the lake they saw it swim away. They said it swam like a frog(and other witnesses have said that, too.) It used its legs while swimming but never used its arms. The witnesses said they thought there were actually two of the creatures, because the one they chased had black hair and there was also reddish-brown hair found on their roof. Other relatives then set out bear traps, which they found one morning all sprung with sticks in them. They saw one of the creatures go into the lake one other time also.

Do Sasquatches really swim? It seems so. Lots of witnesses have seen them swimming, most of the time actually in the ocean. In one of the books I remember a report of one of the creatures that was actually quit a ways out in the sea. Many of the witnesses have seen them while on boats, and sometimes the creatures are swimming underwater like the one mentioned above did. There is also at least one report I know of where a Sasquatch tried to climb onto a boat that was quite far from the shore, so it had to swim to get there. A boy on the boat(in Prince of Wales, Alaska) was on the deck and saw the creature, and when he did it jumped off the boat and swam away, under water. That occurred in 1951. More details of that report can be found in Alley's book. There is a report on the Bigfoot Encounters website of a Sasquatch that was seen swimming with sea lions in California in 2007.

Loren Coleman has discussed swimming sasquatches/unknown ape-like creatures in a few of his books. In his book The Field Guide to Bigfoot, Yeti, and Other Mysterious Primates Worldwide (co-authored by Patrick Huyghe) he discusses a "sea ape" seen by George Wilhelm Steller in 1741, a "hairy dwarf" with webbed hands and feet in South America, and a "fishwoman" that was seen dying on a beach in Indonesia during WWII. In Mysterious America he also discusses swimming apes in America, including one that swam in the Rockaway River. This ape is of the chimpanzee sort, which is odd because anthropoid apes can't really swim.  He lists several instances after that of apes that can't swim, including the following:

"The famous gorilla Mokoko of the Bronx Zoo, the first male of his species ever to reach sexual maturity in captivity, was tragically drowned in a water filled barrier in 1951. (Heini Hediger, Man and Animal in the Zoo.)

If Sasquatch is an ape like a gorilla or something of the sort, it probably wouldn't be able to swim, as proved by the quote above. But, if they are closely related to humans, it would explain why they can. What do you think?

Hey, maybe this could actually happen!....

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