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Friday, 8 November 2013

Stabilized version of the Mississippi Skunk Ape video from YouTube

Mississippi Skunk Ape (Super stabilized and pan zoom)

Uploaded on Nov 1, 2013
Super-stabilized version of the recent Mississippi Skunk Ape footage
This really does look just like an ape to me. Its back is to the camera and it is breaking branches or peeling bark, probably rooting out grubs. But everything about it looks exactly like a Chimpanzee or a small gorilla. It gets up very suddenly and it can move quite quickly. My impression is that it is not a man in a suit but of course you do not get a clear enough view to be really sure of that. IMHO the terms Skunk Ape Swamp Ape and Wood Ape all apply properly to this creature although also applied to the more usual Eastern Bigfoot types (Wood Ape is a direct translation of Dryopithecus and refers to the NAPES by researchers such as Mark Hall that believe that the Skunk Ape is actually Dryopithecus. In former times they were also called the Hairy Red Men of the Bottomlands, although that term was also confused with the Pukwudgies. The legendary name as a "Fearsome Critter" is Arbopelter (and not Argopelter)(The former name has an appropriate translatable reading, the former does not)-DD]
The Skunk Ape, also known as the Swamp Ape, Stink Ape, Florida Bigfoot, Myakka Ape, and the Myakka Skunk Ape, is a hominid cryptid said to inhabit Florida,[1] as well as North Carolina and Arkansas, [And Louisiana, and it now turns out, also Mississippi] although reports from Florida are more common. It is named for its appearance and for the unpleasant odor that is said to accompany it. According to the United States National Park Service, the Skunk Ape exists only as a local myth.[2] Reports of the Skunk Ape were particularly common in the 1960s and 1970s. In the fall of 1974, numerous sightings were reported in suburban neighborhoods of Dade County, Florida, of a large, foul-smelling, hairy, ape-like creature, which ran upright on two legs.

Myakka photographs

In 2000, two photographs said to be of the Skunk Ape were taken by an anonymous woman and mailed to the Sarasota County, Florida, Sheriff's Department. The photographs were accompanied by a letter from the woman in which she claims to have photographed an ape in her backyard.[3] The woman wrote that on three different nights an ape had entered her backyard to take apples left on her back porch. She was convinced the ape was an escaped orangutan. The pictures have become known to Bigfoot enthusiasts as the "skunk ape photos."[4]
Loren Coleman is the primary researcher on the photographs, having helped track down the two photographs to an "Eckerd photo lab at the intersection of Fruitville and Tuttle Roads" in Sarasota, Florida.[5]
According to Chester Moore, Jr., the anonymous photographs were taken in Sarasota County near the Myakka River.[6]

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