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.
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 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.
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 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.
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?
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