posted on Nov, 29 2013 @ 12:30 AM
Nice find! I haven't done a lot of looking lately for this sort of thing, and hadn't seen this one. Is it real? Maybe.
The "loud" sounds people mention, that they claim would scare it, were certainly not as loud as the recording makes them seem to be. I record a LOT
of video, and the quietest sounds from me are always amplified over the other sounds in the area, even for people fairly close to the camera. Plus,
in that environment, small noises such as he did make would be very normal, from all the local fauna. Some people would be very surprised how much
noise a small animal can make. I have seen an armadillo make so much racket in underbrush you would swear an elephant was going through. So, just
the noise isn't enough reason to call this a fake.
The shape looks like a large ape. Considering the swampy location, that isn't unexpected. The size is about right as well. Skunk apes aren't
typically as large as their Northern brethren. They tend to be smaller. Ivan Sanderson discussed that at length in his book Abominable Snowmen:
Legend Come to Life. Also, in many places, such as Florida, actual known ape and monkey species have been released in the past, and could easily
survive and breed there. Some sightings could be explained by that alone. So, the look of an ape is expected, for the swampy region.
The behavior looks for all the world like the thing is tearing off bark, and it even looks like pieces go to the mouth, as if to lick off insects.
That alone makes me lean towards authenticity as opposed to fake. That, and the fact that there isn't any posturing, talking, etc., as almost every
single phony video I have watched has included. The man running away as he did is VERY typical, too, as these creatures, for whatever reason, do
instill unreasoning fear in witnesses all the time.
All in all, on one viewing, I am willing to consider this as more likely the real deal than a fake. If it is a fake, they did a much better job than