The Skunk Ape Sightings

The Skunk Ape Sightings

In this article we will be taking a look at the reported Skunk Ape sightings that have come from the Florida swamps over the years.

What is this strange foul smelling cryptid and is it part of the Bigfoot family?

Let’s take a closer look…


The Florida Skunk Ape

The Sarasota County police station in Florida received two shocking photographs through the post on December the 22nd, 2000.

They came with a hand written letter and were apparently taken by an anonymous woman. She claimed that the photos clearly showed an escaped orangutan who was stealing fruit from her garden at night.

The images in the envelope did indeed seem to show a monkey-like creature that was baring it’s teeth at the camera.

Skunk Ape Image
One of the Photos The Police Received

When the photos became public knowledge – the cryptid enthusiasts moved in…and claimed that these images were proof that the Skunk Ape existed.

What is the Skunk Ape?

Well, it’s a creature that has been spotted around the Florida swamps area since the 1920’s, and is thought to be linked to the Bigfoot family.


The Creature

The cryptid is described as being half human and and half ape. Most of the eyewitnesses that have encountered the creature have reported a terrible smell that follows it. This is where it get’s it’s name ‘Skunk’ from.

The Creature

Most reports claim that the creature is covered in dark colored hair, with glowing red eyes, but a handful of reports insist that it has reddish hair covering it’s body.

It’s known to be a couple of feet taller than the average human male, and like Bigfoot, it has left large tracks on numerous occasions (thirteen inches long).


The Sightings

The sightings of the creature seem to date back as far as the 1920’s, but most of them have been recorded in the 60’s and 70’s.

A large majority of these sightings were made in the autumn of 1974, in Dade County, Florida.

Many of these reports involved the witnesses actually hitting the creature by mistake in their car. Police officers frequently found hair and blood on damaged vehicles afterwards.

The Florida Skunk Ape

Other reported incidents involve the creature throwing rocks at people, swimming through the local lakes and swamps, and even rummaging through local dumpsters for food.

The Elders of the southern tribes of Florida insist that the Skunk Ape has existed for centuries, frequently appearing throughout their history records. They do not fear it – rather respect it, and leave it alone.


The Skunk Ape Sightings

Skeptics argue that this creature is nothing more than misidentification of possibly escaped known primates, like Bigfoot up North!

But cryptozoologists do not follow suit – they argue that most primates lack what is called a ‘tapetum lucidum’ (a layer of tissue behind the retina that reflects light). So why do so many witnesses state that the creature has glowing red eyes?

What are your thoughts on the subject?

Please leave your opinions in the comment section below.

10 comments on “The Skunk Ape Sightings

  1. Wow that is very interesting.  If it was an escaped primate, as you say primates lack the layer of tissue behind the retina that reflects light, so why do so many of the witnesses state that the creature has glowing red eyes? That leaves me thinking it is more that an escaped primate (like from the zoo) and could even be real.  So based on what you have researched and presented, I think it could be real.  What do you think?

    1. Hi John, 

      Well I try my best to sit on the fence with all the articles we publish here…but I am a geek…and I do pick the article topics we cover here…

  2. What an interesting site I have discovered here! 

    In regards to your post, if you see photographic proof it is hard not to believe it exists. The sheer size of this ape is quite amazing and scary at the same time.

    However, I would follow suit with the Southern Florida elders and not fear it, but respect it and leave it alone! 

  3. I always love sightings stories. This one is new to me. Just unusual to call it skunk ape when it’s only leaving a smell but not as bad I think like a skunk’s gas. Apes have their own smell since they live in the wild. 

    Another thing that’s intriguing is why testimonies varies, like seeing it having red eyes then some said red hair coverings. I think they are all exaggerations to get extra attention.

    The authorities were right. This kind of animal must be respected and left alone in their own habitat.

    Anyway, thanks for sharing this kind of sightings.

  4. The Skunk Ape, must be the cousin of the Yowie found in the Pilliga Forest in mid northern NSW, Australia.

    The description seems to be similar, only thing is I have only ever heard reports about our version from truck drivers who have been driving for quite a number of hours and who may be a “little” sleep deprived.

    Suffice to say I do not believe that these creatures exist, whether it be a Skunk Ape or Yowie.

    However, the tales of these animals over a camp fire would make a great nights conversation and probably scare the “living daylights” out of any children.

    Nothing like a good story.

    1. No problem Steve – you are allowed to believe what you believe! 

      Thanks for taking the time to leave your opinion with us.

  5. These urban legends stories are always so intriguing… I have to admit I have never heard about the Skunk Ape, probably because it is not as well-known as Bigfoot.

    From the photo, to me it looks indeed like an orangutan. Are there are Zoo’s in the neighborhood, from which this animal could have escaped?

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