Location : Mangrove Island in the Florida Keys
Location Description : In the middle of the Mangrove trees
Location County : Dade County
Location State : Southern Florida
Sighting Date : July 1999
This sighting is more detailed that the first. They describe a 3ft tall juvenile weighing roughly 65lbs. They claim the sighting to be deep in the
Mangrove trees on the island and that they found tracks in the area and also reported a foul smell. Now there is one part of the sighting that is
borderline idiotic where they state it was holding a tennis racket. As i stated earlier in my introduction post the quality of the sightings are not
in question, it is the location that is in question. But never the less this is as good a place as any to investigate.
I will be looking deeper into Mangrove Island and the surrounding Islands.
So where is Mangrove Island located. Well Mangrove Island is a stunning spectacle of nature located in the Florida Keys and is listed as a Natural
Marine Sanctuary. It is fairly small only roughly 1100ft in length and 600 - 700ft wide at its widest point. It has a swampy marshy ground surface
with lots of thick foliage which is a good place to investigate as most Florida Skunk Ape sightings are in swampy areas.
Here is an aerial view
Here is a better view to get a lie of the land
As you can see it is pretty deserted and you would need a boat to get near the island. It has very dense brush perfect for hiding in. It is very thick
and full of Mangrove trees. Mangrove trees are also a great source of food as they can produce seeds or fruit which lasts a long time.
Source for Mangrove facts
But now it is time to ask myself the all important questions.
Is this area big enough to support a large Primate without it being spotted apart from this occasion ? Well in a word no. This area alone is no where
near big enough to support a large Primate and since the report is of a 3ft juvenile we can speculate that there must be adults, which could not
manage to hide themselves on this small island for a long period of time. Although if we were to say the can swim ( which there have been a lot of
reports of them swimming near Vancouver Island in the Pacific North West. ) then there is a lot more islands around which i will look into which are
easily withing swimming distance of only a couple of hundred feet. So lets look into these islands. We already know other primates can swim, so why
couldn't a Bigfoot.
Primates can swim but often they only swim if they have to. Especially primates with a lot of hair eg. an ourangutan, as they dont like to get their
hair wet because i becomes too heavy for their comfort.
So that being said, If they had to swim these channels for food or to tend to their young, or even to relocate to a more remote area then they easily
So lets start by going east. A short distance east there is Fort Pierce Inlet State Park.
Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
Here is an aerial view
Here is the view of the land
Fort Pierce Inlet State Park, a 340-acre part of the Florida State Park system, is located just north of the Fort Pierce Inlet, on North Hutchinson
Island, near Fort Pierce.
Fort Pierce Inlet is a place of natural beauty. And has a lot of thick brush which a Beast of good size could easily disappear into, but in my opinion
this area is has too much traffic passing through. It is a tourist hot spot and also very popular with walkers as it is a place of beauty where one
can feel at one with nature. With this much traffic passing through and the fact it has a very popular motorized kayak hire place called "Motorized
Kayak Adventures" on the west side of it. So i do not think a Bigfoot could stay here without detection, although it is a huge area, I think it is far
too much human traffic passing through.
Now lets head to the North side of Mangrove Island.
To the North there is a huge woodland area called Pepper Beach State Recreation Area.
Pepper Beach State Recreation Area
Here is an aerial view
Here is a view to get an insight of what its like on the ground
This area is much the same as Fort Pierce Inlet.It has a high amount of foot traffic as it is another popular hiker and tourist location in the
Florida keys due to its untouched nature. But you can see from the pictures that it is very thick and dense with a lot of water tributaries so you
could hide there for a while, but i find it very unlikely that a Large Primate could survive here without detection there is just too much people
passing through for one never to have been reported here and to add to that when you are hiking your not just stomping straight ahead, you look around
and explore your surroundings. So for none to have been detected here i find that very unlikely.
So could a large Primate live in any one of these locations and avoid detection by humans?.. I find it very unlikely. The only one where one could
avoid detection is Mangrove Island but i find that this location is too small to support large Primates. As for Pepper Beach it is my opinion that
looking at what i have found out it has far too much human traffic for some-one not to stumble across one of these Beasts. The same is to be said for
Fort Pierce Inlet State Park.
Now lets address the food situation in these locations.
Mangrove Island has a lot of food on it. It is stacked with Mangrove trees which produce fruit and seeds that last for a long time as i stated earlier
in the post. But there is also an array of swamp vegetation that a large Primate could eat. As for meat and protein there is a lot of fish in the
water on the island and in the surrounding sea. The only problem on this small island as that the vast majority of water is salt water. There is not
much fresh water on the island. There would be enough to drink but there is other ways a Primate can get fluids in there diet other than drinking.
There is plenty fluids to be found in types of plants and vegetation. Also water can gather in tree hollows.
Water sometimes gathers in tree crotches or rock crevices. Use the above procedures to get the water. In arid areas, bird droppings around a crack in
the rocks may indicate water in or near the crack.
Which is probably the most likely source of water if a large Primate was on this island. So is there a good enough supply of water and food to support
a large primates on the island ? Yes there is an abundance of all different types of food and a good enough supply of water to sustain one. As we know
from research on large Primates such as gorillas they do not need a lot of water as they get most of there water supply from plants. ( see quote on
previous post )
Now onto the next two locations.
Fort Pierce Inlet and Pepper Beach State Recreation Area
These two locations are in the same boat as Mangrove Island they have an abundance of vegetation and Mangrove trees so they have a steady supply of
food along with the vast numbers of fish in the area a food supplies is not an issue. Also they have a slightly better water supply than Mangrove
Island though with some large pools of fresh water. So there is enough resources in these areas to sustain large Primates.
I did not go into detail of altitudes and such on this investigation as there was no need, as all of these areas are flat lying easily inhabitable
areas. I will go into detail on this in future investigations in the Hills.
Summary of Sighting Two
Sighting two had a lot more detail than the first sighting but some of the details were a little bit suspect to say the least. Although it was an
unbelievable sighting it did provide a clear area in Florida Keys for investigation.
So could a Large Primate be sustained on Mangrove Island and avoid detection? Well No.. and here is why. Although there is enough food and water to
support them the fact is it simply not big enough. These are large Primates, the one reported was 3ft tall and a juvenile. So wouldn't there have to
be Larger ones. I have no reason to believe they could live on such a small island without traces of them being found.
So could a large Primate be sustained and avoid detection at Fort Pierce Inlet ? Well one could be sustained rather easily. Food is readily available
in this area and there is a lot of fresh water but there is too much human traffic. One could live here but there is no way one could avoid detection
in this location. To simplify, there is just too much people here for them to live in peace.
So could Pepper Beach State Recreation Area support a large Primate and hide it from detection ? Well this case is similar to the above location,
plenty of food, plenty of water but too much people for one to remain hidden for so long in this location.
To sum up. I do not believe a Bigfoot or other large Primate could remain hidden in the Florida Keys, although there is plenty of food and fresh water
for one there is just too many people passing through these areas.
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