Monday, September 30, 2013

New Season of Finding Bigfoot starts on November 10th


Wake the kids, call the neighbors!  The new season of Finding Bigfoot starts on November 10th!  And the season opener is a doozy, to say the least.  The Finding Bigfoot team goes one of our "bucket list" locations with a visit to Fouke, Arkansas, and specifically to Boggy Creek.

Any bigfooter of my generation is keenly aware of the movie, The Legend of Boggy Creek.  We enlist the help of Lyle Blackburn, the single best authority of the movie, the community, and the bigfoot activity that continues to happen in the area to this day.  Using footage from the movie itself, the episode will blend modern investigations with decades-old footage for a unique and interesting view of current activity in the area.

Lyle Blackburn and Bobo pose with Lyle's excellent book,
The Beast of Boggy Creek.
For more information on the next season of Finding Bigfoot, click this link.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Stillaguamish River Cast Update


A few days ago, I posted another cast to my ever-growing bigfoot footprint database.  This was the Stillaguamish cast from 1980, documented by Douglas Trapp.  Shortly thereafter, I received an email from my good friend Daniel Perez, publisher of the Bigfoot Times newsletter.  He knew Douglass Trapp personally around this same time, and indeed did investigations with him on more than one occasion.  Daniel supplied me with the above newspaper clipping from the Lake Stevens Journal that gives details about the track find.

Most interestingly, this article supplies us with what might be the only photograph of the other footprint cast taken at the site (there's another avenue I'm working on that might supply us with more photos, but this is far from certain).  In my research on the cast in Dr. Meldrum's collection, I discovered language that seemed to indicate there was more than one cast made at the site, and that the "only surviving" cast was to be found in Meldrum's lab.  Thanks to the photos that accompany this article, now we know for sure.

Friday, September 27, 2013

1980 Stillaguamish River Cast

1980 Stillaguamish River Cast
While fishing on September 5, 1980, Douglas Trapp stumbled across three footprints in the sandy river bank of the Stillaguamish River near Robe Canyon outside the small town of Granite Falls, WA. Two of the footprints were side by side, but one was spaced about five feet away behind the others. Backtracking the creature, two slide marks were found on a slope nearby where the creature apparently slid downwards towards the river. It apparently entered the river. No further tracks were found in the vicinity.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The London Trackway - Track #70

London Track #70
London Track number 70 was left in a nice patch of sandy substrate, which recorded the general shape of the foot quite nicely, but with few details. The deepest part of the impression is the lateral side of the ball and heel, with the ball being slightly deeper.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The London Trackway - Track #39

London Trackway #39
Though this cast looks blobby and indistinct upon first glance, a closer look reveals this to be one of the most important of the 122 footprints of the trackway.  Details in toe depth make this cast next to impossible to hoax with a rigid prosthetic.  It was one of 20 or casts from the London data set chosen by Dr. Jeff Meldrum  to scan into the Virtual Footprint Archive.

Click here for more details about this unique footprint.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The London Trackway - Track # 73

London Track #73

London Track number 73 is a fairly nondescript cast. It shows digits numbers one through four quite clearly, but the fifth digit barely registered at all leaving only a hint of its impression. The toes impressed to varying depths. The difference in depth between digits one and two is 3 mm, digits two and three is 8 mm, and between digits three and four is 8 mm.

Click here for more information about this cast.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Tyler Bounds Talks About How to Find Bigfoot with Nat Geo

Tyler Bounds catching crayfish in the Arizona wilderness while
filming the "solo" camping trip for Finding Bigfoot.

Friend, researcher, cameraman, and Finding Bigfoot's "outdoor technician," Tyler Bounds was recently interviewed by National Geographic for a short travel piece.  The theme of the article was how to find bigfoot, and Tyler gave some good advice for newbies and old hands alike.  

Friday, September 20, 2013

Right Under our Noses

Yellow-bellied legless lizards, one of four new species of
Anniella discovered in California.

While not directly bigfoot-related, this news item goes to show how little we humans know, though we assume to know so much. Right in the middle of almost 13 million inhabitants, literally on the grounds of one of the world's busiest airports, a new species of legless lizard (which are different than snakes) has been documented.  This species is only one of four new species of legless lizards that have now been newly documented in the most recent issue of Brevoria, the Harvard University journal of comparative zoology.

I bring this news item forward not only because I'm a fan of cryptozoology in general, but also to point out to the "they don't exist because we would have known about them by now" crowd that perhaps that argument has some weaknesses. Think of how many biological surveys must have been conducted on the grounds of Los Angeles International Airport over its 85 year history. All of those missed this creature. I find this fascinating.  

How much more elusive would a nocturnal, intelligent being who is actively trying to avoid us be?

It conjures to mind the following quote:

True wisdom comes to each of us 
when we realize how little we understand about life, 
ourselves, and the world around us.

-Socrates 

Enjoy the article from Discovery News:


New Species of Legless Lizard Found at LAX
SEP 18, 2013 04:54 PM ET // BY JENNIFER VIEGAS

A bustling airport would hardly seem the place to find a new species of reclusive animal, but a team of California biologists recently found a shy new species of legless lizard living at the end of a runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

What’s more, the same team discovered three additional new species of these distinctive, snake-like lizards that are also living in some inhospitable-sounding places for wildlife: at a vacant lot in downtown Bakersfield, among oil derricks in the lower San Joaquin Valley and on the margins of the Mojave desert.

Click here to read the rest.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Eric Altman Launches Website

Eric Altman and Cliff Barackman hang out before the PA
townhall meeting.
If you've been in bigfooting for more longer than Finding Bigfoot has been on the air, then you certainly know about the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society and one of its founding members, Eric Altman.  For the newbies who have only recently taken up residence in Bigfootland, Eric is a long-time researcher of bigfoots, and all sorts of other weird things.

Eric is my go-to guy for investigating reports in the PA area, and he graciously helps me research sighting reports from that area of the country.  He and his colleagues in the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society conduct thorough investigations, often on-site with the witnesses.  Eric and the PBS have been invaluable resources for me over the last few years.

Eric has now launched his own personal website to feature some of his own work.  Included in his links are media appearances, links to his excellent radio program called Beyond the Edge Radio (on which I've been a guest), and, of course, a link to the PA Bigfoot Society.

I would like to encourage you to drop by Eric's page and explore a bit.  Send him a hello via his contact page, and tell them I sent you!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Bigfoot in Hungary?


This little blurb caught my eye from the August, 2013 edition of National Geographic.  If you have any more information on international bigfoot creatures, let me know by emailing me at NorthAmericanBigfoot@gmail.com.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Orangutan Vocalizations Predict Their Movements

Arno the Sumatran orangutan looking in the direction
he will be travelling in while vocalizing.
(AP Photo/Perry van Duijnhoven)

Sasquatch vocalizations have been recorded from all over North America, but very little is known about what the creatures are actually communicating, or why they are doing so.  Perhaps now some light might be shed on this interesting question by studying another ape, the orangutan. 

Researchers have now correlated the calls of male Sumatran orangutans with their directions of travel.  They observed females repositioning themselves to be closer to the male's line of travel, and also non-dominant males moving out of the way of the dominant males heading their way.  

Could this behavior help bigfoot researchers intercept a sasquatch on the move?  It just might be possible, though extensive experimentation will be needed.  These experiments would be extremely difficult for a huge variety of reasons, such as one would have to know the direction the bigfoot was facing when it vocalized, and there are precious few observations of bigfoots vocalizing without it being observed.  

Below is the article from Discovery News:

Orangutans Share Trip Plans a Day Before Leaving
SEP 11, 2013 05:00 PM ET // BY JENNIFER VIEGAS

Orangutans not only plan their travel routes in advance, but they also inform others about their trip a day ahead of time.

This very human-like behavior implies other things about orangutans.

“Our study makes it clear that wild orangutans do not simply live in the here and now, but can imagine a future and even announce their plans,” primatologist Carel van Schaeik of the University of Zurich, who conducted the study, was quoted as saying in a press release.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The London Trackway - Track #69

London Track #69
Track 69 is a fairly shallow and narrow footprint with only three toes clearly defined. The toes are rough as it was impressed into coarse sand, but the toe tips and most of the second digit are fairly smooth.

For more information and photos of this cast, click this link.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

The London Trackway - Track #82

London Track #82
London Track #82 is at a point in the trackway where the creature pivoted on its right foot and headed towards the safety of the tree line and lake shore.  Some subtleties in the toes make this an interesting track to study.  

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Finding Bigfoot Season Three - CT Field Notes

The path the creature ran in the CT footage.

Bigfoot in Connecticut?  Yep, it seems to be so.  This isn't really surprising when you consider that black bears are also in the state.  

My behind-the-scenes field notes on the CT expedition have finally been published.  Click this link to read my take on the video we investigated, as well as to see never-before-published photographs of the film site and our investigation.