Skunk Ape Sightings: Florida Bigfoot

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Another Skunk Ape Sighting Photo

Footage of the Skunk Ape from 2008

Skunk Ape Sightings?

Among the hundreds of bigfoot sightings in the United States, Florida can lay claim to at least a couple dozen bigfoot sightings. That's right. Florida has its own bigfoot and it's known as the Skunk Ape (also known as the Stink Ape). The Skunk Ape sightings have been stinking up the Florida swamplands since as early as the 1960s; this is when the first sighting was documented of the elusive Florida Bigfoot.

What is a Skunk Ape and how many Skunk Ape sightings have there been? The Skunk Ape is thought to be a type of Bigfoot or Sasquatch resident to the state of Florida, but has been seen in other Southern states in the US such as Alabama and the Carolinas. This Florida bigfoot creature is called the Skunk Ape because it has been said to give off a foul odor from its large, furry body.

There have been quite a few Skunk Ape sightings, the first documented Skunk Ape sighting being in the year of 2000. A set of Skunk Ape photos were mailed into the Sheriff's Department in Dade County, FL from a woman who claimed that the Skunk Ape was stealing apples out of a basket laying on her back porch. The woman didn't actually call it the Skunk Ape but was convinced that a large monkey or gorilla had escaped from the zoo and was living in the swamplands of Florida...terrorizing her backyard.

More recently, the new show "Finding Bigfoot" playing on the Animal Planet channel consisted of a team of Bigfoot investigators/hunters that visited a home in Florida due to a series of Skunk Ape sightings. The woman claimed to have photographed a couple of extremely large handprints on her backdoor. The team analyzed the size of the handprints and the different ways they could have been faked but determined in the end that the handprints could have very well been genuine.

A man named David Shealy has been studying the Skunk Ape since he was quite young, as he claims to have seen the Skunk Ape as a child while out and about in the Florida Everglades. Since that time, David has done numerous interviews with people who have had Skunk Ape sightings and he has even snapped some pictures of what he claims is the Skunk Ape. The pictures have been analyzed by scientists and all came back "inconclusive". David has even learned that the Native American tribes who lived in the Florida Everglades' region had a name for a creature that translated to mean "tall, hairy man of the forest".

The first picture to the right was not snapped by David, but actually snapped by the woman who had claimed that this "monkey" was stealing apples off of her back porch. This picture of the Skunk Ape is the clearest and nearest shot to date. It has not been proven as falsified.

So are these skunk ape sightings real or just the imagination of the people who have experienced them? Is the Skunk Ape indeed a real creature that lives in the Florida Everglades? Is there such thing as the Florida Bigfoot? I'm sure if you came face to face with a stinky, huge ape-man you might start believing too.

Watch David's Footage of the Skunk Ape

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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

pmccray - I try my best to find interesting topics. I'm happy you enjoyed this one.


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pmccray 5 years ago from Utah

Voted up, marked awesome and interesting. Excellent subject matter.


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

AP - I agree...I do think that there's a monkey-type cryptid in the Florida Everglades, but I'm just not sure that the videos are valid. Thanks!


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Hi Kitty. Glad you did one on the Skunk Ape. Personally I believe there's a genuine cryptid phenom in the swamps of Fla. but am skeptical of some of the videos. Particularly the last one you have on here. At any rate, interesting hub on an intriguing subject.


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

Dolores - Hilarious! I agree with the "escaped gorilla" idea...wow. Who knows why we like to scare ourselves, but apparently we do! It's kind of funny that a lot of people in Florida say that the skunk ape has also been seen as a "she"!


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

Yes, he reminds me of some people I know, haha. Never heard of the Skunk Ape. He sure could not be an escaped gorilla because he walks upright like a man. While I laugh at the video footage, how these all look fuzzy and shaky, it is kind of scary to find a large hand print near the door. Don't we just love to scare ourselves with this stuff? And why is Bigfoot always "he?"


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

Paradise - I know...he's kinda cute. LOL


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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

He's so big and furry but he moves just like a human being! That's really something.


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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI

Kitty, it is very intriguing.


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

lavender - I agree, thanks!

doodlebugs - I haven't had the experience in the everglades yet, but I would love to soon. And you're right, it's a very wild place so who knows what lurks!


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doodlebugs 5 years ago from Southwest

I've had the pleasure of taking an air boat tour of the everglades. Once you are away from the dock and into the wild, it's easy to see how all kinds of unknown creatures may exist out there.


lavender3957 5 years ago

This is very interesting. Thanks for sharing, I always like the curosity of something not so well known.


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kittythedreamer 5 years ago from the Ether Author

cresentmoon - Thanks...quite an intriguing thought isn't it?

jeannie - I didn't know that...I'll have to check that out for sure. Thanks for sharing.


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Jeannieinabottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

This is a really cool hub. I've been hearing more and more about the Skunk Ape lately. Destination Truth had an episode on the skunk ape, as well. It was pretty interesting; SyFy might have the episode available online if you are interested. Voted up and awesome!


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Cresentmoon2007 5 years ago from Caledonia, MI

I remember hearing about the skunk ape, though it's been a while since I've heard anything about since then. Interesting hub. Loved it. Voted up.

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