Thursday, December 29, 2005

Hunt for Bigfoot in Malaysia

I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday vacation, now lets get back to some Cryptozoology news.

It seems that there have been some sightings of a Bigfoot-type creature in the jungles of Malaysia. So much so, that the Johor National Parks Corporation is planning to catch the creature on camera.

The eye-witness descriptions of the creatures are very similar to reports from the United States. The creatures are reported to be about nine feet tall, covered in hair and possess a strong odor.

Now, I am all for scientific expeditions to determine the existence of these creatures.

However, why do I feel somewhat skeptical that serious, scientific studies will be conducted then?

"We are sitting on a wonderful opportunity by way of the Bigfoot research to spur ecotourism in Johor, taking the cue of Loch Ness in Scotland," Chow said.

He said the Bigfoot of Endau-Rompin could be promoted like the Loch Ness monster, which brings in millions of tourism dollars for Scotland through tours and souvenirs.

Is this just a case of sensationalism in order to bring tourists into the area that supposedly has had these sightings?

I can't answer that for sure. Let's just hope that real science doesn't take a backseat to tourism and marketing ploys.

I am going to keep an eye on this, so stay tuned for updates on this story and many others!

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