Bigfoot, Sasquatch, or sometimes Skunk apes, are a cryptozoological species rumored and well-believed to exist in North America. Bigfoot is often tied
with other supposed species of similar creatures around the world, including the Yeti and Agogwe amongst others. Tales vary depending on the region of
North America, but the general description is the same. Skunkapes are generally considered to be found in Florida, while Bigfoot ranges through most
of North America.
Sasquatch/Bigfoot is said to be between 6 and 9 feet in height. Though descriptions say that the foot of a Bigfoot is not actually large in proportion
to the body, the creature got its name due to the large footprints it supposedly left behind. Covered in thick brown, black or sometimes white fur
throughout most of the body, Bigfoot is considered more ape than man. Bigfoot is said to be usually peaceful with humans and is supposedly an omnivore
who is aware of uses of herbs and plants for illness and ailments. The Southern Bigfoot are said to whistle and scream to each other at night for
communication and hunting. Large numbers of night sightings suggest that Sasquatch is nocturnal.
There have been many cases where people have found the large footprints of what are thought to be from the bigfoot. They are generally found to
resemble human footprints, except they are much larger. If the footprints are not man-made for the purpose of hoaxing, then it can be assumed in many
cases that the creature that made them are quite large. In 1958 and 1959, Bob Titmus found several tracks in the area of Bluff Creek, California,
later to be made famous by the Patterson / Gimlin film footage. In 1988, wildlife biologist John Bindernagel found many tracks, some of them 16 inches
long. Most recently, on the Science Fiction channels television show called "Destination Truth", host Josh Gates found a large track in the
Odors and Sounds
Many people who claim to have had close encounters with bigfoot say that there is quite a stench associated with the creatures. The smells have been
described as a cross between that of a skunk and rotting meat. In one case a man by the name of Sean Fries claimed to have such a meeting in June of
1988. He said that something woke him up one night while camping, and that when he went outside he was assailed by an unbelievable odor. He says he
believes sasquatch was nearby.
Sometimes people claim to have heard the sounds of bigfoot. They say the noises are not like anything heard in nature. Some people say that the noises
are different for different geographical areas. There have also been claims made that people have heard these creatures communicating with one another
with a series of whoops and chirps.
Bigfoot is said to be found in several areas of North America, the most well-known being in the Washington/Saskatchewan area. Oregon and northern
California are generally considered to be hot spots as well. Texas is said to hold Bigfoot that are generally territorial and violent, as opposed to
the Washington area's more peaceful variant. Florida and Georgia are known for sightings of extremely similar creatures known as Skunk Apes. The
Ohio/Michigan area is said to be a major hot spot, although sightings are rare. Ohio Sasquatch are said to be hunters who will use pack methods to
attack and kill deer. It is said that Southern Michigan Sasquatch extremely dislike dogs and kill them on sight. Supposedly, Ohio and Michigan
variants are capable of rudimentary English, composed of grunts. There is much more physical evidence in the Texas and Washington areas than anywhere
else, with as many photos in the Florida region as in the other areas.
The Patterson - Gimlin Film
On October 20, 1967 Robert Patterson and Robert Gimlin filmed what they claimed was an actual Bigfoot. This film has been at the center of a maelstrom
of controversy ever since. Robert Patterson swore what he had seen and filmed that day was a real creature, until his death in 1972. Robert Gimlin has
also maintained that he saw the creature as well that day. Although he did admit in 1999 to a television producer from the BBC that it was possible
that Patterson could have fooled him, but that if he had then he really knew what he was doing. The creature filmned has a feature called a sagittal
crest. This is a bony mass on top of the head, and is seen in gorillas. Another feature of the creature in the film is that it has large, hair covered
breasts. Some skeptics have argued that this proves the film is a hoax, because nether humans nor chimpanzees have hair covered breasts. Another thing
that skeptics say is that the crest is only seen in male gorillas, and that this fact also means that the creature cannot be real. However some
proponents that say the film is genuine say that we cannot apply these standards to an unknown beast that we know almost nothing about. There have
been many studies done trying to see if it can be a person in a costume in the film, but to this day nothing has been proven conclusively. In the film
different muscles can be made out on the creature, and it is argued that there was no way that costume makers of that time were making anything that
sophisticated. However that point is argued over as well, as it is pointed out that costumes were used in the "Planet of the Apes" movies.
Theories on origins
There are many and varied theories proposed by believers, as to where the creatures come from. The most popular theory is that the creatures are an
undiscovered branch of ape species. One theory is that bigfoot is the survivors of a giant ape that lived in ancient times, called Gigantopithecus
blacki. These apes were native to China, but it is well known that many creatures migrated to North America via the Bering Strait. There are those who
say that the creatures cannot be Gigantopithecus based on the Patterson film. They point out that in some of the frames the beasts lower jaw can be
seen, and that it is much thinner than the Gigantopithecus blacki. That is of course assuming that the Patterson-Gimlin film is authentic.
There are other theories as well, although much less popular. Some say that bigfoot is a cave dwelling creature that is mostly nocturnal, and only
comes to the surface to look for food. Others say that he is an interdimensional creature. They say that sasquatch phases in an out of our reality,
and also that it is a highly intelligent being. These theories may explain the lack of proof or remains of bigfoot, but have little to back up the
claims grounded in reality.
The case for bigfoot
The only proof that we have of bigfoot is eyewitness testimony, and some photographic / video evidence. Unfortunately most of the pictures of it are
blurry and out of focus. And eyewitness testimony does not stand up under the scrutiny of scientific method. There have also been some cases where
hair has been collected as well as some dried blood. Although none of these has ever pointed conclusively to the discovery of a new species of animal.
Another argument that skeptics point out is that there have never been any remains found. If there was a, albeit widely scattered, breeding population
of giant apes scattered across North America and Asia, it is conceivable that some remains should have been found. Proponents of the intelligent
creature theories say that perhaps they dispose of the remains in some method, not unlike the way humans do. Another, more plausible theory for this
is that the remains are just lost to predation and the elements. Playing into this theory is the idea that bigfoot is a solitary creature that
actively avoids meetings with human beings.
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