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Friday, July 31, 2015

Missing in Alaska: "Hunted by the Hairy Man"

Missing in Alaska: "Hunted by the Hairy Man" premieres tonight at 10 PM on the History Channel. It looks like this episode is about Bigfoot!

Here's the episode description:

"Tales of Bigfoot sightings are reported globally but the Alaskan version is the most extreme, standing over 14 feet. Is this massive, aggressive creature targeting people in the Alaska Triangle? Cryptozoologist Ken Gerhard and team try to track down the beast, hoping to learn how this monster remains so elusive."

I thought the first episode of Missing in Alaska,  "Vanished in a Vortex," was very good. I'll probably like this one even more since it is about a cryptid!

Be sure to check out Missing in Alaska, tonight at 10 on the History Channel!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Washington State Trooper Says "I Feed Bigfoots and They Have a Language"

Another story about the police and Bigfoot!

A former Washington State Trooper claims he feeds several Bigfoots apples, carrots, beef jerky, cookies, and candy bars. He says he was looking for a mine in the mountains and came across the Bigfoots in 2009.
Of course he feeds Bigfoot beef jerky!

He says "I have been as close as 20 feet to some of them." He also says they have a language.

"They sounded similar to Native Americans and Asian mix." He claims he "speaks some Asian and Native American Salish himself." Of course Bigfoots would communicate with languages this guy can understand.

You can check out the rest of this a…

They do say they got their info from, and stuff on there is actually fake. I have a little on that in my book, and you can find out more here and here on this blog. I could't find a link to the CZ News article on the site, but I didn't really bother to anyway.

The first link in this post is to another post on Tyler's Cryptozoo from earlier today about a cop in Pennsylvania who claims he took a photo of a Bigfoot. It is really just a blurry blobsquatch photo and can't help anyone prove anything. I know the story this post is about is a hoax if it is from CZ News, and I'm betting the other one is, too.

Batsquatch: Bat? Bigfoot? Or Both?

The cryptid called "Batsquatch" is one of the weirdest ones you'll hear of. It is kind of like a bat…. and kind of like a Bigfoot. But, what is it really? Truthfully, its a cryptid… so no one really knows. But, it definitely is something very strange.


At 9:30 AM, on April 19, 1994, Brian Canfield, and 18 year old high school student, was driving to his home near Mt. Rainier in Washington State. As he was driving, his truck suddenly died. Right after it did, he saw something terrifying thirty feet ahead.

Something had just come out of the sky and landed in from of his truck. The thing stood absolutely still, on its hind legs only. It was at least nine feet tall, had bluish colored fur all over it, and had a wolf-like face. Its eyes were yellow with "half-moon pupils", and it had tufted ears, a large mouth full of sharp teeth, feet like a bird's, powerful arms, and hands with fingers. Perhaps the scariest part - it had a huge pair of wings on its back!

The two stared at each other for a couple of minutes, and then the thing, whatever it was, unfolded its wings (which took up the whole width of the road!) and took off. The flapping of its wings caused Canfield's truck to shake! It flew off towards Mt. Rainier and after it left Canfield's truck started up again. Not surprisingly, he high-tailed it out of there.


The next day, Canfield went back to the spot of his sighting with his mother and a neighbor to look for evidence that the thing had been there. He found none, but he had a reputation for honesty and many people were convinced he saw something out of the ordinary.
Brain Kiele's sketch of Batsquatch
based on Canfield's description

The media dubbed the creature "batsquatch" because it seemed similar to the famous ape-man cryptid, but with wings, and the name has stuck.


In 2011, a person in Chicago, of all places, took a photo of what some think is Batsquatch. I, however, do not think the photo is real. You can decide for yourself.

Lower left corner… Batsquatch? 
Close-up of the object


I do think Batsquatch is a real thing. Flying humanoids like it are seen all over the world. As to exactly what it is, I really don't know. It kind of sounds like a Bigfoot with wings… whatever it is, it stands on two feet. The wolf-like face and yellow eyes, though, sound like a Dogman face! And Bigfoot and Dogmen don't have wings.

I guess Batsquatch will remain a mystery….

Police Officer Sees and Photographs a Sasquatch?

A Scranton, Pennsylvania, police officer says he saw Bigfoot in McDade Park, claims the NYC Daily News. 

Here's what he said:

"My name is Scranton Police Officer Xxxxx Xxxxx and I am an eight year veteran, so please keep my name out.
"A few days ago I was driving in patrol toward McDade Park in Scranton PA.  It was late at night I was just checking the park making sure all was ok and I just noticed a very dark object leaning over the edge of the road near the pool as I drove pass. I passed extremely close to the object - close enough for me to feel shocked to see a large hairy section of well muscled leg and a big hairy wrist and hand as the creature turned I screamed and grabbed by cell to snap and pic and my gun. I slammed on the brakes and I was ready to shoot I'm combat trained, I have a weapon, I just had to see what the h*** it was! I wanted to see the entire thing for myself - but what can I say. Whatever it was for me either was a monkey a huge one or a bigfoot I am not going public with this because it would cost me my job. There is something in that park I heard stories of something roaming the park late at night."

If we can learn one thing from this it is that this guy apparently knows nothing about punctuation.

Below is the photo that the man took.

What can we learn from this?

Well, nothing really. It's a blurry blobsquatch photo. Did the guy see a Bigfoot? I really don't know. If this isn't just a hoax, and he really is a police officer, it could be a Bigfoot. I don't really think a police officer would create a hoax Bigfoot sighting. When it comes to witnesses, they're about as reliable as they get.  With this one, though, I just can't really say for sure.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Reviewing The Mothman Prophecies

In 2002, the movie The Mothman Prophecies hit theaters. It was based on a nonfiction book by UFO/crypto investigator John A. Keel. Keel, who passed away in 2009, investigated all the Mothman/UFO/MIB and everything else strange in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, in 1966 and 1967. He is the author of several other books on UFOs/monsters, and The Mothman Prophecies was published in 1975.
1975 Mothman Prophecies 

The Mothman Prophecies isn't all about West Virginia's man-like flying monster. Actually, most of it isn't about Mothman at all. Keel's book is also about UFOs, MIB, and everything else weird like that. He talks about many contactees who have met "alien" beings, and tells all their stories. He also had many strange experiences of his own. During the "Year of the Garuda", as Keel called it, from November 15, 1966 to December 15, 1967 there were lots of weird things going on in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and other places as well. Every night, people would go to the TNT Area in Pt. Pleasant and to some other places hoping to see Mothman or maybe a UFO. Keel also went out many nights, with reporter Mary Hyre from Pt. Pleasant, and saw lots of UFOs. As I mentioned before, lots of contactee stories are discussed. A contactee is someone who has met alien beings.

One contactee that got a lot of attention was Woody Derenberger, who met "Indrid Cold" near Point Pleasant. Cold and others like him were seen all over Point Pleasant and lots of other places as well.
Woody Derenberger meets Indrid Cold….

Keel didn't believe that the UFOs were from other planets. He thought they could be some type of hallucination or something of the sort. I can't explain it like he did, so you'll have to read the book if you want to learn more about that.

The reports in each of the chapters in the book seem to be just random. But, there is always a way they are all connected.

I would definitely recommend The Mothman Prophecies to anyone who is interested in Mothman, cryptozoology, UFOs, or anything of the sort. It it the first of Keel's books that I've read, and I really enjoyed it. Some parts of it are kind of creepy. And, it might just change your conception of "reality."

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A Demon in Dover? Part 2: The Mannegishi and the Dover Demon


In part one of this post, we discussed the sightings of the Dover Demon in Dover, Massachusetts, on the nights of April 21 and 22, 1977. Here is a quick recap: at 10:30 PM on the 21st, Bill Bartlett was driving with some friends when he saw the Demon climbing on a rock wall. About two hours later, John Baxter was walking home and chased the thing down into a gully. His description matched Bartlett's. Both witnesses drew a sketch of what they saw and they both show the same thing.
Bill Bartlett's drawing

On the night of the 22nd, Abby Brabham and Will Taintor were driving 2.4 miles from where Bartlett had his sighting. Abby saw the Demon and Will caught a quick glimpse. The other witnesses said the thing they saw had orange eyes, but Abby insisted that the thing she saw had green ones.
Me (center) w/ Loren Coleman, who investigated the DD sightings
at the 2015 Ohio Bigfoot Conference

Later, cryptozoologist Loren Coleman came to interview the witnesses. Most people thought they were telling the truth. I also mentioned several theories for what the Demon might be: an alien, a hoax, a baby moose (ludicrous, in my opinion!), and lastly, a Mannegishi.
One of Coleman's books w/ the
Dover Demon on the cover…
buy it here


The last theory, that the Dover Demon is a Mannegishi, is what this post is about.

The Cree Indians of Eastern Canada (really not that far from Massachusetts) believed in two kinds of people - normal people, like them, and you and myself, and the miniature people, the Mannegishi.

The Mannegishi were said to be small, human-like beings with spindly arms and legs, and each of their hands have six fingers instead of five like us. They have large heads and eyes and no nose or mouth. They are thought to be aquatic, and spend lots of their time in rivers. They are said to absorb water through their skin to breath, like and amphibian. Some say they are made of bark from trees. (They could not be, but one of the Dover Demon witnesses said the thing had skin that was "a rough texture"… maybe that explains the tree bark look?) Others have said it is a hairy being with a narrow face and "whine of a dragonfly."

The Mannegishi are also thought to be tricksters and are well known for playing pranks. According to the Cryptid Wiki, one of their favorite activities is to jump on canoes and overturn them, which would be quite dangerous for any humans in them! They are also known to be helpful, though. They will help if you give them gifts, tobacco is listed as one example.

I think the descriptions of the Dover Demon and Mannegishi are too similar to be overlooked. As I already mentioned in this post and in Part 1, there are several theories for what the Dover Demon is: hoax, alien, moose, and maybe even a Mannegishi.

Size of Dover Demon/Mannegishi
Most people would probably think the Mannegishi itself sounds impossible. But, to me at least, it sounds like a very good candidate for the Dover Demon. I don't think the witnesses lied, and most others don't think so, either, and I know they definitely didn't see a baby moose walking around the town of Dover. I also tend to believe things Native Americans say - they knew about lake monsters across the continent, Thunderbirds, and Bigfoot before white man arrived. Why can't the Mannegishi be here, too? Now, they may have stretched the truth a little bit, (like saying Thunderbirds actually bring storms with them), but they didn't make stuff up for no reason. Even if it did just turn into folklore, it probably had some basis in fact.

It is my opinion that the four teens that spotted the Dover Demon on the nights of April 21st and 22nd, 1977, probably saw a Mannegishi in the town of Dover, Massachusetts.

A Demon in Dover? Part 1

The Dover Demon is perhaps one of the strangest creatures in cryptozoology. For two nights in 1977, this strange entity was seen around the town of Dover, Massachusetts.
Dover Demon


On April 21, 1977, three friends, Bill Bartlett, Mike Mazzocca, and Andy Brodie were driving down Farm Street in Dover at 10:30 PM. Bartlett was driving, and as they drove past a structure called the Farm Street Wall, he noticed what he thought was a dog or a cat out of the corner of his eye, until the headlights hit it, that is.

It took Bartlett no time at all to realize that he was not looking at someone's pet. As he approached the creature, it turned its large, watermelon-shaped head and looked straight at him with two "large, glassy eyes." The eyes had no eyelids and Bartlett said they looked like "two orange marbles." We went on to describe the creature more: it had no tail, its body and head were about the same size, it had long, spindly arms, legs, hands, and feet, and had hairless, peach colored skin that looked like it had a rough texture. The thing was about three to four feet tall and "was shaped like a baby's body with long arms and legs." Its long fingers curled around the rocks it was standing on.

Bill's sighting only lasted a few seconds and neither Andy nor Mike saw the creature, but could both tell Bill was scared by something. He drove on for a few miles until his friends convinced him to turn around and go back. When they returned, the Demon was gone. When he got home, Bill drew a picture of what he saw. "It draw a lot. I train myself to remember what I see as soon as I see it." He said.
Bartlett's drawing. Writing on the right says:
"I, Bill Bartlett, swear on a stack of Bibles that
I saw this creature"


About two hours later, now the morning of April 22, 1977, John Baxter was walking back from his girlfriend's house. As he was walking up Miller's High Road, he saw someone (or something) approaching him. He thought it may be M. G. Bouchard, someone he knew, so he yelled "M.G., is that you?" He did not get a response and the figure kept moving towards him. When Baxter was about 25 feet away he stopped and yelled "Who is that?"

Suddenly, the figure took off running down a gully by the road. John could not get a good look at it, but could hear it, so he followed. He soon spotted it standing on the other side of the gully, with its feet "molded" onto a rock it was standing on. It had its fingers wrapped around a tree it was leaning on.

Baxter said the body reminded him of a monkey, and that the head looked like "a figure-8." The creature stared straight at him for a minute, and soon Baxter began to feel uneasy and left, fearing the thing might attack him. He ran all the way back to the road, where a couple picked him up and drove him home. When he got home he drew a picture of what he saw, just like Bill Bartlett. The drawings are strikingly similar, and neither of the witnesses knew the other had seen the thing until five days afterwards.
John Baxter & his drawing


The night night, Abby Brabham and Will Taintor were driving down Springdale Avenue in Dover, 2.4 miles away from where Bill Bartlett had his encounter the night before. Abby was in the passenger seat and saw a strange creature crouched down on all fours by the road. Its body was "thin and monkey-like, and it had a large head with no ears, nose, or mouth." The thing was hairless and had tan or beige colored skin. The area around the creatures eyes was a lighter shade than the rest of its body, and Abby said its eyes were green. When she was told other witnesses described orange eyes, she insisted that the eyes of the creature she saw were green.

Will, who was driving, only caught a quick glimpse of the creature. All he could make out was something with a large head and tan body, and said it had its arms up in the air.

Abby became frightened and the two sped out of the area.

"Dover Demon" by JoeLercio
on DeviantArt


So, what did those witnesses see? To tell the truth, no one really knows. But, of course there are theories.

After the witnesses came forward with their stories, many people in Dover believed they had all seen something. A few thought it could be a prank. But, none of the witnesses knew anything about the other sightings until days later, and were amazed when the drawings showed the same thing. I do not think the Dover Demon was a hoax.

If the eyewitnesses are telling the truth, then what the heck was the Demon? Theories abound. Some people say the teenagers saw an alien. That could be true. In 1998, Marvin S. Kottmeyer said he thought the witnesses had seen a baby moose! I think that theory is complete nonsense. Last time I checked, baby moose do not look like the descriptions of the Dover Demon at all. Who ever heard of a moose with fingers and a watermelon head? That almost sounds crazier than the Demon itself!

There are legends about a being similar to the Dover Demon from Eastern Canada, which really isn't that far from Massachusetts. The Cree Indians believed in a being they called the "Mannegishi." The Mannegishi were said to be little dwarfs that were about four feet tall, with no hair, gray skin, spindly arms, and large, noseless heads. Sound familiar? Some people, including myself, think it is possible that the witnesses in Dover actually saw a Mannegishi. As I say in my second book, which is still being written, "I think the theory that the Dover Demon is actually one of these little tricksters is much more believable than it being a baby moose that has fingers and can crawl along rock wall."

Soon after the sightings, cryptozoologist Loren Coleman went to interview the witnesses. He is the one who gave the creature the name "Dover Demon," and it has stuck since. He has written about the cryptid in several of his books, including Mysterious America and Monsters of Massachusetts. I also have a chapter on the Dover Demon (and some of the other very weird creatures of cryptozoology) in my book Cryptid U.S., and in the book I am currently working on.
A picture of myself with Loren Coleman at the Ohio Bigfoot Conference
this year. I'd wanted to meet the guy for years!

Now, thirty-eight years later, still no one knows what was really seen those two nights in Dover. Maybe someday, the Demon will return….

Dover Demon at the International Cryptozoology Museum

Check back later for part two of this post!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Dewey Lake Monster

Have you ever heard of the Dewey Lake Monster? If you are someone like me, you may have, but just don't know it. This Bigfoot-like creature is also called the Sister Lakes Monster or the Michigan Bigfoot and was seen near Sister Lakes in Michigan (duh!) in 1964.

Locals to the area had known about the creature for several years until sightings took off in June, 1964. After sightings were reported lots of hunters came into the area to try to bag themselves a Bigfoot. Paul Parrish, the sheriff at the time, once found some giant, human-like footprints. "There were big footprints," He said. "A lot bigger than normal. We took plaster casts of them, but they were in sandy soul and not very clear."

One family said the monster was prowling behind their house on several occasions. They had dogs that would chase off intruders, but they wouldn't go after the creature. (Dogs, even big 'ol mean ones, rarely ever go after Bigfoots. Bigfoots and dogs do not like each other at all, and the former is known to kill the latter.) One of their dogs did go after the monster, and when it returned it was temporarily blind in one eye. Most descriptions of the creature said it was the feet tall, with long arms, and glowing eyes, although some witnesses did not see eyes.
A drawing of the

The Kalamazoo Gazette described a police hunt for the monster on June 11, 1964. They went with spotlights but did not spot it. "Whatever it is, it's supposed to have eyes that are big, bright, and high." One officer said. One witness described the thing in another Gazette article: "It's eyes shone like those of an animal with night vision." The witnesse's wife also had an encounter with the monster one night. She went outside the back door and saw the "thing" approaching. The ground "rumbled" from its weight.

Like with all Bigfoot/cryptid flaps, there was also a lot of joking. Officer Paul Parrish said people would joke that "Bigfoot will get you" if you weren't careful. A local restaurant offered "Monster Burgers." (Bigfoot sure can be good advertising!) Some skin divers even explored the lake for the monster. (Why would Bigfoot be underwater?) Others thought a big bear or possibly a chimpanzee was on the loose in the Sister Lakes area. To this day, no one knows what the Dewey Lake/Sister Lakes Monster really was.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Crypto Shows on Destination America Tonight

Some cryptozoology shows are playing on Destination America tonight:

Alaskan Monster Hunt: Hillstranded is on from 8 Pm to 9 PM.

Killing Bigfoot is on from 9 PM to 10 PM.

Bigfoot in America is on from 10 PM to 11 PM.

Check 'em out!

Seth Breedlove is Filming Another Bigfoot Documentary

Seth Breedlove and his crew, who made the Minerva Monster documentary that premiered in May at the Ohio Bigfoot Conference, are now working on another Bigfoot documentary - this time about the Bigfoot encounters from Whitehall, New York. Whitehall is well known to Bigfoot enthusiasts as being a spot with lots of sightings and was recently featured on the season finale of Finding Bigfoot. 

Like with the first film, Breedlove's documentary will take a "different angle" to Bigfoot.

Here's some of what Breedlove has said about the new documentary, from

"'It's not going to be anything people in Whitehall have seen before,' Breedlove said. 'So far we've talked with six different witnesses from the famous Abair Road sighting, including Brian Gosselin, whose story is pretty famous. And we had someone approach us off the record who was there that night, which kind of puts a different angle on this.'
"Breedlove said the Whitehall-based documentary, titled 'Beast of Whitehall,' will be the second installment of the documentary series titled 'Small Town Monsters.' The first was based in Wells and was called 'The Miverva Monster,' which focused on a monster in that small town. 
"'The Whitehall story is pretty famous in Bigfoot lore,' Breedlove added. 'Whitehall was always someplace we wanted to go far this and it worked out that we were screening our Wells episode, so we could come here and do some filming.'
"The 'Small Town Monsters' crew was out and about in Whitehall for a few days last week and Breedlove said they got some great b-roll filming and interviews done.
"'We want to document the history in the most realistic way possible and that's talking to the actual witnesses,' he said. 'We want Whitehall to have something that isn't really cheesy, but something to actually be proud of.'"

The article also says that the Small Town Monsters crew is currently working on several documentaries. They think the trailer for Beast of Whitehall will be released within two weeks.

Myself with Seth Breedlove (left) and the STM crew at the
Ohio Bigfoot Conference


Minerva Monster: Bigfoot Encounters in Ohio at Wadsworth Public Library Tonight
Minerva Monster Day Today!
Minerva Monster Makes the News Again
Help out Minerva Monster Documentary on Kickstarter
Minerva Monster
Pics from the Ohio Bigfoot Conference 
The Ohio Bigfoot Conference is this Weekend
The Ohio Bigfoot Conference is Next Week!
The Ohio Bigfoot Conference is Next Month!
Ohio Bigfoot Conference Update and more on Minerva Monster and Something in the Woods
2015 Ohio Bigfoot Conference Speakers

White Yeti or Brown Yeti?

Pretty much every time you see a Yeti in a movie/TV show, it is white in color. But, do witnesses actually describe Yetis that look like that?
Is this what a yeti is really like?

The answer - no, actually.

Most people probably just think Yetis are white because they think they are always seen high in the Himalayas where there is always snow, like Bumble in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. There have been encounters and track finds (like Eric Shipton's, see photo below), but many cryptozoologists think that, if Yetis are real, they actually live in the forests, which is more likely.
A footprint Eric Shipton found

Yetis are also not white like Bumble and just about every other Yeti you'll ever see in movies and TV.  Witnesses describe them usually with brown or dark colored hair, just like Bigfoot, Yerens, Yowies, and other man-like cryptids seen around the world.
Bumble - NOT an accurate Yeti...

NOT an accurate yeti...
Still, NOT an accurate yeti 

So, this would be more what a real Yeti would look like:

An accurate yeti!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Missing in Alaska Premieres on History Channel Tonight

Missing in Alaska premieres to tonight at 10 PM on the History Channel.

Here's what Ken Gerhard said about the show on Cryptomundo a while back:

"I'm excited to announce that Friday, July 24th @10pm EST/9pm CST marks the world premiere of the new History Channel TV series - Missing in Alaska! Join me, along with private investigator Jax Menez and acclaimed Tlingit carver/guide Tommy Joseph as we explore the enduring mysteries in the great state of Alaska. There will be many cryptids, of course... as well as UFOs, conspiracies and the paranormal. Check it out! Tell your friends!"

Yes, tell your friends… Missing in Alaska premieres in twenty minutes!

Below is a video of Ken Gerhard, one of the cast members, and cryptozoologist from Texas, talking about cryptids.

Tonight's episode is "Vanished in a Vortex." Here's the description:

"In 1950, a military transport plane vanished in the Alaska Triangle with 44 people on board, and hasn't been seen since. Was its disappearance caused by bad weather or something more sinister? Out ream investigates the possibility that a space-time vortex could have transported the plane to another dimension."

I wonder what happened to those people if they really were transported to a different dimension???

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Will Finding Bigfoot be Over Soon?

If/when Finding Bigfoot will end seems to be in the news a lot lately. We already had the "Finding Bigfoot can't find Bigfoot," (see my post on that here) and now there's more like that.

Yesterday, I saw an article on entitled "'Swamp People' and 'Finding Bigfoot': Knowing when to say when is the key." Since this is a cryptozoology blog, I'm not going to say anything about Swamp People. (Well, that, and I never watch it.)

Here is what Barbie Crafts, "Reality TV Examiner" (is that seriously a job??), and author of the article said about Finding Bigfoot after talking about Swamp People:

"Speaking of comfortable repetition, 'Finding Bigfoot' has had the same basic format for every episode since their debut in 2011. They are riding in a car discussing the upcoming investigation; they have town hall meetings, interviews with witnesses, night investigations, overnight solo investigations and reenactments to determine size and placement. It has been great fun, but frankly, not only have they not 'found' Bigfoot, they have not really 'found' anything. A few wood knocks, some howls in the woods and a few errant sticks are just about all we have to show for five years of shows. It was a comfortable experience where viewers knew what to expect, but, comfort has now turned to uneventful monotony. The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO) , which 'Finding Bigfoot' team member Ranae Holland was careful to inform this writer that she was NOT a member, will continue to monitor woods around the country for Sasquatch activity. They will surely let us know if they find anything. Otherwise, the 'Finding Bigfoot' team should just go back to their day jobs, but we will miss them one and all."

Uh, I think Finding Bigfoot is kinda their job.

In the article, Crafts says "not only have they not 'found' Bigfoot, they have not really 'found' anything." Like I say every time someone says this: they will NEVER find a Bigfoot filming a TV show! It's not just the four of them out in the woods, there's a whole camera and sound crew there, too!! And, those camera people don't really like to go too far into the woods.  Maybe the author of the article should go out someplace and look for Bigfoot. There's a reason these things are still hiding from the scientists - you don't just see one every time you go into the woods, let alone with a group of twenty people.

What do you think? Should Finding Bigfoot just quit? Or should they keep on squatchin'?

Do You Think Finding Bigfoot Should End?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Myakka Skunk Ape Photographs

In December of 2000, an anonymous woman sent in two photos she had taken to the Sarasota County, Florida, sherrif's department. The woman said they had been seeing the animal for a few months. The woman called the creature an "orangutan" and said that for two nights prior to her taking the photos it had come to her porch and taken apples that her daughter had brought from up north.

It was very dark one night when she heard a "whoop" noise coming from the backyard. She went out with her camera and pointed it at the hedge row behind her house. "I didn't even see it as I took the first picture because it was so dark. As soon as the flash went off for the second time, it stood up and started to move. I then heard the orangutan walk off into the woods." She said in her anonymous letter to the police. The creature was "about 6 1/2 to 7 feet tall in a kneeling position" and it had "an awful smell." (Since when do Skunk Apes smell nice?)

The woman thought the creature was far away from her, but when she took the photos she realized it was only about ten feet away! She quickly went back into the house. She and her husband wanted to get a better look at it sometime, so they left four apples out on the porch, two whole, and two cut in half. She said: "The orangutan only took whole apples. We didn't see it take them. We waited up but eventually had to go to bed."

The couple put a dog in their backyard, and the creature never returned.

The woman's letter arrived at the Sarasota County Sheriff's Department on December 22, 2000. In the beginning of the letter, she wrote: " Enclosed please find some pictures I took… My husband thinks it's an orangutan. Is someone missing an orangutan?" She never mentioned "Bigfoot," "Sasquatch," or "Skunk Ape" once in her letter. Below are the two photographs.

1st photo

The creature standing up

The sheriff's office actually made a file on the photos. But what do they show?

Here is a list of explanations people have brought forward from Loren Coleman's 2003 book Bigfoot! The True Story of Apes in America:

"1. A cardboard cutout
2. A dog
3. A man in a mask
4. A bigfoot-like exhibit at a well-known tourist
 attraction found in various parts of the United States
5. A man wearing a furry coat
6. A computer-enchanced or -created image
7. Or an authentic Skunk Ape."

 I think the Myakka photos actually show a real Skunk Ape. What exactly is it? Well, it's whatever a Skunk Ape really is. Is it a cutout, dog, man in a mask, exhibit, man in a suit, or CGI image? NO! It is one of the best pieces of Bigfoot evidence out there, close behind the Patterson-Gimlin film.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Book Review: Tribal Bigfoot by David Paulides

*You can see my review of Paulides' first book, The Hoopa Project, here.*

Tribal Bigfoot is David Paulides' second book on the mysterious, man-like thing seen all over North America. In his book he does not stay in just one community, but goes to several counties with lots of sightings in California, and also to Minnesota and Oklahoma.

Like he did with his first book, Paulides brought in forensic sketch artist Harvey Pratt to do drawings of the bigfoots the witnesses saw. They did the second round of drawings before Paulides' first book was released, and no one saw the drawings except for the witnesses. You'll be amazed at how similar they all are, and at how the Bigfoots look. They don't really look ape-like at all, even though that's what many people think when they think 'sasquatch.'

The bulk of the book is filled with interviews with Bigfoot witnesses. Paulides and his group, North America Bigfoot Search (NABS), have found some associations with Bigfoot that seem to be almost always true. The Bigfoots seem to have close ties to Native Americans, and often apparently live on Native American land. They are usually seen near water, and lots of times near old mines. They are not afraid of children. They also are spotted a lot near berry bushes(sometimes eating berries), at least in California.

David Paulides' books are not like every other Bigfoot book out there. His group takes a different approach, and they've gotten some startling results. I encourage anyone with an interest in Bigfoot to read both of Paulides' books. You may be surprised at some of the conclusions, but they all do make sense.

Dave Shealy and the Skunk Ape Research Headquaters

Dave Shealy is the owner of the Skunk Ape Headquarters in Ochopee, Florida. According to people, like Loren Coleman, Shealy is a great guy to meet. But, he's a hoaxer. He'll even admit it. In 1998 he claimed he caught the Skunk Ape on film, but it was just his brother in a suit. He has even made people think the Skunk Ape is really just like a bigfoot you'd see in the Pacific Northwest, when in reality many people described the Skunk Ape as something like a chimpanzee.

This is a video of these two guys' trip to the Skunk Ape Research Headquarters in Ochopee, Florida. Even though Shealy hoaxed his video, his Skunk Ape Headquarters seems to be a really cool place, and, he does seem like a nice guy. The Skunk Ape Headquarters looks like a place I'd want to go someday.

Be on the lookout for more on the Skunk Ape coming to Tyler's Cryptozoo soon.

Monday, July 20, 2015

The Bigfoot Book

Not only does he have Chupacabra Road Trip coming in September, but Nick Redfern also has a book on Bigfoot coming the same month! It is The Bigfoot Book: The Encyclopedia of Sasquatch, Yeti, and  Cryptid Primates. It isn't a short rundown of stuff everyone knows on Bigfoot - the book is 400 pages long.
The Bigfoot Book

Here's the description of The Bigfoot Book:

"Does a hulking, hairy, 800-pound, nine-foot tall, elusive primate roam the woods and forests throughout North America - and the world? What should we make of the grainy videos and photos and the thousands of eyewitness reports? Audio-recordings exist purporting to be the creatures' eerie chatter and bone-chilling screaming. Whether called Sasquatch, Yeti, Bigfoot, or something else, bipedal primates appear in folklore, legends, and eyewitness accounts in every state of the union and many places around the world. The fascination with the man-beast is stronger than ever in today's pop culture.
"Exploring the history, movies, and literature, the conspiracy theorizing, and the world of the supernatural, The Encyclopedia of Sasquatch, Yeti and Cryptid Primates is a comprehensive reserve to the man-beast. With nearly 200 entries and 120 photographs, drawings, and illustrations, it is the definitive guide to understanding, hunting, and avoiding the brute, as well as discovering the facts behind sightings and horrifying tales. It covers 400 years of folklore, mythology, history, and pop culture, including Native American lore, the 'wild men' reports in the pages of 19th century-era American newspapers, Florida's Myakka Skunk Ape, Australia's Yowie, China's Yeren, Himalayas' Yeti, Russian expeditions, Harry and the Hendersons, Exists,   and the countless movies titled Bigfoot, as well as specials on the television shows Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Channel, scientific reports and findings, and much, much more.
"Various documentaries and reality television shows have all superficially tackled the subject, but Nick Redfern presents a truly encyclopedic look at cryptid primates. It is a richly researched reference, overflowing with fascinating information to make readers thing - and reconsider their next camping trip."

Sounds like a very good book!

You can check out more about the book, and pre-order it if you want, on Amazon.

You can find out more about Nick Redfern on his blog.

Nick Redfern signing my copy of one of his books,
The Real Men in Black, at Creature Weekend.
He had a great presentation on the British Bigfoot. 

The Sea Serpent of Gloucester

If you read any book on sea serpents/lake monsters, you will probably read something about the Gloucester Sea Serpent.

There were many sightings of the creature in 1817 in Gloucester Harbor, in Massachusetts. Nick Redfern has a new Mysterious Universe article about this cryptid, "Profiling the Gloucester Sea Serpent."
The Gloucester Sea Serpent

It starts out like this:

"Sightings of so-called Sea Serpents abound within the domain of monster hunting. More often than not, they are encounters of a fleeting, one-time nature. But not always. One of the most enduring of all such leviathans of the deep is that which haunts the port of Gloucester, Massachusetts, and which is situated just north of the city of Boston.
"So far as can be determined, the earliest report of the Gloucester Sea Serpent dates from 1638. The witness was a man named John Josselyn, who said: 'They took me of a sea serpent, or snake,  that lay quoiled [sic] up like a cable upon the rock at Cape Ann; a boat passing by with English on board, and two Indians, they would have shot the serpent, but the Indians dissuaded them, saying that if he were killed outright, they would all be in danger of their lives.'"

You can check out the rest of Redfern's article on the serpent here.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Do Bigfoots Communicate with Wood Knocks?

This is one of Jim Sherman's (LordCryptid on Youtube) videos. The video is about Bigfoots using wood knocks to communicate with each other. On all the TV shows like Finding Bigfoot today, you always see the Bigfoot hunters using sticks and bats and other things to hit on trees to make a loud wood knock to see if a Bigfoot will respond. But, does it really work? Actually, it might! Towards the end of the video Sherman plays some audio of strange wood knocks. Were they really caused by Bigfoot?

Myself with Jim Sherman(right) and David Floyd(left)
at the Ohio Bigfoot Conference this year

Check out this cool Bigfoot Video

This short video is of an author of Tales of the Cryptids talking about Bigfoot. It is a great video, pretty much Bigfoot 101 in three minutes. Check it out!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Another Sasquatch Field Guide!

Jeff Meldrum is working on a book about Bigfoot-like creatures from around the world, and is also working on a second field guide for the creatures.

Here's what Dr. Meldrum said about the new field guide:

"The production of a second field guide from Paradise City is well underway. the working title for this one is 'Wildmen Around the World.' The goal is to place the sasquatch phenomenon within a broader context - the survival of several relic hominids, e.g. yeti, almas, yeren, orang pendek, etc. It will also serve as a teaser for my next book which will further amplify and elaborate on that theme."
Meldrum's 1st field guide - w/ a new cover from 2015

Meldrum is also the author of the "Sasquatch Field Guide" and the book Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science. (See my review of the book here.)

Not the best picture in the world,
but myself w/ Jeff Meldrum at the Annual Bigfoot Conference
in April

Missing 411 - The Movie

Thousands of people have disappeared in North America's national parks, never to be seen again.

Why have they all disappeared?

That is the question David Paulides has set out to answer. David is the author of the Missing 411 books (as well as The Hoopa Project and Tribal Bigfoot.) There are four books out in the series, and most everyone who has read them seems to think they are great. Most people also say they have changed their view of the outdoors forever.

Now, David and his team have started a Kickstarter campaign to try to raise money to help with the making of a documentary on all the missing people cases. In just a few days, the project has raised $32,198 (at the time I am writing this) out of their $100,000 goal.

You can watch the trailer for the movie on the Kickstarter page. You can hear the stories and see the emotions from people who have lost family members and friends in parks who were never found. There is also a bit of a park ranger talking, but all he says is "We sent out a rescue but I'm not really supposed to answer these types of questions" while looking a bit nervous. "I think I made a mistake just by answering what I did." Do they all know more than they will say? Do they even care? In another park, there is a former park ranger talking about all the missing people cases they don't even investigate!

Above is a short trailer from YouTube. You can watch the full trailer and donate to the campaign on Kickstarter.

You can also buy the Missing 411 books (4 total) on North America Bigfoot Search.

Friday, July 17, 2015

"Bigfoot is not Paranormal"

Some people think Bigfoot is a paranormal or supernatural being. Some do not.

"There is nothing about bigfoot in its appearance or behavior that would lead anyone with any of the aforementioned tributes to reach the conclusion that bigfoot is paranormal in nature. In fact, that conclusion could only be reached by lacking all of the previously mentioned qualities. Experience, education, common sense, logical reasoning."

That is part of a new article on Bigfoot Crossroads about the big hairy guy. Is Bigfoot paranormal? I don't know. I'm on the side who thinks it is probably some sort of unknown ape and hominid, but there are lots of reports if Bigfoot linked with UFOs, and Paranormal and supernatural occurances. Some people say they see a Bigfoot and it just disappears right before their eyes! If the witnesses are not hoaxes, how do you explain that?

You can check out the full article about the non-paranormal Bigfoot on Bigfoot Crossroads. 

Chupacabra Road Trip!

Nick Redfern has a couple of new books coming out in September. One is on Bigfoot, and the other is Chupacabra Road Trip: In Search of the Elusive Beast. 

Here's the book description from

"In 1995, the island nation of Puerto Rico was seized with mass hysteria over a new menace lurking in the rainforests gruesomely killing livestock, leaving strange holes in their necks and draining their bodies of blood. Described by eyewitnesses as a devilish creature three feet tall with spikes along its back and a mouth full of razor-sharp fangs, the strange animal was given the name Chupacabra - Spanish for 'goat-sucker.'
"Join noted monster hunter Nick Redfern as he traverses the rugged backcountry of Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Texas, and together with his spirited crew, investigates the continuing legacy of this fearsome beast. Whether he's interviewing locals, analyzing physical evidence, or sorting out the facts from the legends, Nick's journey into the realm of the Chupacabra will make you wonder just what's out there sucking blood in the night." 

You can check out the book, which is available for pre-order now, on Amazon.  

I will post some about one of Nick's other forthcoming works, The Bigfoot Book, later.