Monday, November 28, 2005

Bigfoot News

I hope everyone had a nice long Thanksgiving weekend, for those of you who celebrate it. Now, it's time to get back to business.

The site has a news story about a video that was taken in New York State about 8 years ago.

The footage (there is a link to the video on the page) is dark and of somewhat poor quality. When watching the video, keep your eye on the tree behind the man speaking. You will see, what appears to be something swinging in the tree.

The BFRO site claims that the thing swinging around in the tree in the background is a baby Sasquatch or an ape. They seem to discount a monkey, as they think it would be too small. They also claim that the ape explanation is unlikely because of laws banning the ownership of such animals in that area of the country.

After watching the video a few times, I am not sure what to make of it. There does appear to be something swinging in the tree in the background. What that something is, I can't tell. I don't think anyone can tell with certainty what is in the tree.

The video is intriguing, but inconclusive. That's usually the problem with videos like this. They are usually of poor quality. We sometimes get to see a good-quality video of Bigfoot. Most of the time however, these are declared to be hoaxes.

Unfortunately, I don't think a video is going to solve the Bigfoot mystery. We are going to need physical evidence to figure this out once and for all.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Amateur Bigfoot Video

I was browsing the web, looking for some interesting news stories and ran across this site. The site has a video on it that is purportedly of Bigfoot, actually a couple of Bigfeet it appears. According to the website, the video was shot in Sonoma County in California.

From the video you can see something cross from right to left down the hill, then a few seconds later as he pans the camera over you can see another one cross from left to right closer to the cameraman. At this point he appears to make the amateur mistake of trying to zoom in way to far and the whole thing goes out of focus. Before it goes out of focus at the end, you can still make out how the thing walks. Which is somewhat like the creature (or person) filmed in the famous Patterson video.

Here are a few screencaps from the site as well:

Of course, the first thing I asked after watching the video was "Is it real?". I can't answer that unfortunately. I do know that this is either a video of some large, unknown hominids or it video of a couple of guys in fur suits. Unfortunately, there are a lot of hoaxes out there when it comes to sightings like this. Anyone can buy a gorilla suit and go walk around in the woods while their friend films them.

I am leaning towards the hoax side of the fence on this one right now. It is hard to determine either way though.

I would like your opinions on it as well.

What do you think? Is it a hoax or is it real?

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Mysterious 'Blobs' Debunked

There are many stories of mysterious 'blobs' or 'globsters' washing up on beaches across the world. These sightings have been documented for over 100 years now. In the past a lot of these 'blobs' were thought to be the carcasses of The Giant Octopus.

Well, the chairman of the Biology Dept. at the University of South Florida believes these 'blobs' have a much more mundane explanation. More specifically, he believes these 'blobs' are whale blubber.

The article goes into detail about what happens when a whale dies. The blubber becomes separated from the skeleton of the whale. This blubber then washes up on shore. That is a simplified explanation of what happens.

I do believe that some, if not most of the 'blob' or 'globster' sightings can be attributed to whale carcasses. However, there are a lot of mysterious creatures in the world's oceans. Many of which we have yet to identify.

Until the oceans are fully explored, we can only sit back and wonder about what creatures live beneath the waves. To me, that sense of wonder is what makes Cryptozoology so fascinating.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Swedish Lake Monster News

Maybe some of you have heard of Storsjo, the lake monster that supposedly inhabits Lake Storsjon in Sweden.

Well, for years now, Storsjo has been under protection by being on the endangered species list. A list normally used for known animals that are thought to be endanger of becoming extinct.

Not in this case. See, Storsjo's existence has never been scientifically proven. Well, this question about it's existence has prompted Swedish officials to remove the creature from the endangered species list.

Being on that list, it was illegal for a anyone to actively go out and hunt the creature. That protection no longer exists.

Of course, I understand this decision. The creature's existence hasn't been proven yet, so why protect something that may not be there. However, I don't think you can make that argument to the numerous people who have sighted something in the lake.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Bigfoot = Gigantopithecus?

For a while now, some Bigfoot researchers have believed that Bigfoot is actually a direct descendant of an ancient primate called Gigantopithecus Blackii. Gigantopithecus bones were discovered in Hong Kong about 80 years ago. The ape was believed to be almost 10ft tall when upright and could have weighed nearly 1,200lbs.

There is now some evidence that this primate could have lived among early humans for as long as a million years. These primates were believed to have become extint about 100,000 years ago.

Here is an artist's representation of what Gigantopithecus Blackii could have looked like:

Knowing this is a representation of the creature, it still strikes me how much it resembles eye-witness accounts of Bigfoot. I am not saying Bigfoot is Gigantopithecus Blackii, but if we are trying to scientifically explain the existence of Bigfoot, then I think this is a plausible theory.

Maybe news stories like this will show that Bigfoot is not a figment of the imagination or a product of pop culture. Here is scientific evidence that a creature fitting Bigfoot's description lived alongside humans.

Who's to say it doesn't still live alongside humans?

Monday, November 07, 2005

China's Loch Ness

I was doing my usual web surfing and ran across an article about Lake Kanasi in China. More specifically, the article is about 'Kanasi Huguai'; China's Loch Ness Monster.

Purportedly, the lake is home to a large or a number of large creatures. Many tourists visit it each year in search of the creatures and there are some descriptions of sightings in the article.

"It's fish. Giant fish, some about 15 meters (50 feet) long." Says Yuan Guoying, a researcher at the Xinjiang Institute of Environmental Protection. Yuan has been studying the lake and the supposed creatures since a sighting 20 years ago.

Yuan and his team have concluded that the lake contains at least dozens of these fish, a type of large Salmon, and are about 30-50ft long and weigh as much as 4 tons.

This is the first time I have heard of 30-50ft fresh-water fish. If this conclusion is proven to be true, that would be a huge discovery. No pun intended.

I am going to do some more research on this lake and see what I can find out. The article mentions pictures of the creatures as well. I hope to find some more info on this and if I do, you can be sure I will post it on this blog.

Stay tuned!

Thursday, November 03, 2005

More Texas Bigfoot News

Texas has been the spot for Bigfoot news lately. I am sure a lot of it has to do with the Texas Bigfoot Conference last month and the recent Bigfoot lecture in League City Texas. However, Texas does have it's share of sightings.

This most recent news article has some sighting reports from a couple who live in the Eastern part of Texas. They go into detail on how the creature smells.

"It's wasn't a skunk." says the woman. Then her husband goes into more detail; "It's like gettin' behind a gut wagon, in the summer."

Which I assume means that the creature has a rotting-flesh smell. Which goes in line with other reports of how the creatures smell.

The article also goes into some detail about how the Texas Bigfoot Research Center conducts it's business. How they go out into the forests, dressed in Camo with thermal and night-vision equipment. They also use the call-blasting method. This usually entails some loud-speakers and a supposed recording of other Bigfeet from other sightings. They blast these recordings in hopes of attracting one of the creatures.

Of course, the article also gives some of the skeptics a chance to speak their mind. More specifically, a group called the North Texas Skeptics.

All in all, it's a pretty good read.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Loren Coleman Interview

No, I didn't conduct this interview but I am in contact with Loren to have an interview with him. Hopefully, this will happen in the near future.

Until then, you can read a small interview with Loren on Loren currently lives in Portland, Maine.

The interview covers a bit of Loren's thoughts on Bigfoot. More specifically, the difference between Bigfoot sightings in the east and Bigfoot sightings on the west coast. It seems that sightings in the east have a more aggressive tone than ones in the west. Something I wasn't aware of.

In the interview Loren is also asked about local cryptids in the Maine area. He mentions a sea serpent called Cassie, some black panther sightings and Bigfoot sightings. The story about Cassie was particularly interesting.

It is a nice short interview that just reaffirms my admiration for Loren.

So, check it out and stay tuned for more Cryptozoology news!