When Catching Bigfoot on Film, Be Sure to Get His Good Side

It has been a few months since I checked in on the hunt for Bigfoot in the United States. Enduring the entire 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty really turned me off of my usual morbid fascination with the comedy of errors that is Squatching. But I’ve done some looking around on the Internet to see what’s come up recently in Bigfoot sightings. It looks like I didn’t miss much.

Just last week, a video surfaced online claiming to show a Bigfoot in the woods near Sundance, Utah. Let’s watch, shall we?

Did you miss it? It’s pretty hard to see. Don’t worry, the “witnesses” know this, so they clipped it and slowed it down for you. Look carefully.

What? You still can’t see the Bigfoot hiding in the trees? Oh, all right. They’ve been kind enough to provide a version that’s both slowed down AND stabilized. Now pay attention this time, okay?

Ah ha! There! You saw it this time, didn’t you! I know you did! Don’t try to hide it.

Well, okay, no, you probably didn’t see much of anything. Neither do I. At best, in the third video there’s a momentary shadow at about the 0:02 mark that kind of, sort of looks like it could be charitably called a man in a gorilla suit standing at parade rest if I squint, but by the 0:04 second mark as the car is turning away it clearly becomes just the interplay of light and shadow off of the trees. And let’s be honest; the only reason I can claim to kind of, sort of see something in the third clip is because I’ve been primed for it; I’ve been told there’s a Bigfoot there to see.

In other words, classic Blobsquatch—one posted, I might add, on an anonymous YouTube account with no other videos than four versions of the “sighting.” Yet that hasn’t stopped the story from making the news rounds, not only locally in Utah but as far away as the Mirror in the UK.

Just a couple days ago, another video appeared online claiming to contain images of Bigfoot. It also tells a story about a 15-year-old shooting a Bigfoot, as recounted by the poster, Randy O’Neal. Anyone who followed my Bigfoot Bounty posts knows how much I love a good crazy Squatch-shooting story! The video is kind of long, but worth watching. The pics are at the end, and as the author of the story points out to us, “These pictures are very clear and not blurred.”

Note that he even tells us that the pictures were taken with a “Verizon Wireless cellular phone.” (Who even says “cellular phone” nowadays?) In the Comments section O’Neal later clarifies that it was an “old school flip phone” after it was noted that pretty much any phone Verizon sells nowadays has a video mode. But here’s the thing: I remember old-school flip phones. With those phones, you were never getting a picture above maybe one megapixel. He’s right when he points out that the pictures are clear—at least, the sky is nicely blue and the foliage crisply green. This picture is clearly NOT a one-megapixel image. Even the better flip phones on the market today only have two- or three-megapixel cameras on them, which again this pic arguably is not. I have a lot of old three-megapixel images in my photo files, and they don’t give as much clarity.

Oh, and by the way, even the cheapest, most basic flip phones on the market today have a video recording mode on them, too.

Picture quality aside, also note that there’s one thing that is decidedly NOT very clear in the picture: the Bigfoot. It’s just another Blobsquatch created because we were primed to see it. And the shape hasn’t moved in the second shot; the position of the camera has. There are two clear tree stumps to the left of the Blobsquatch; they are not at the same angle in the second picture. The dark blob isn’t moving either; the camera is, and the shape, whatever it was, looks different because it’s a different angle.

So there you have it: two recent “Bigfoot” videos that amount to nothing more than shadows viewed at odd angles. How disappointing.

Happily, a far more interesting sighting of a Sasquatch happened in Seattle, WA earlier this month, one that I find much more plausible. Not only are these much clearer photographs of the beast than we’ve ever seen before, but they’re coupled with some engaging scientific theories as to the creature and its habits. The Seattle Weekly News reports:

According to a man named Stan Johnson with ‘a unique understanding of Bigfoot,’ Sasquatches ‘travel using portals. He mentions at least three portals that exist on the mountain where he lives. The portals seem to be entrances and exits to and from our physical reality. Not surprisingly, Bigfoot is often seen in these areas by a diverse group of witnesses.’

You can check out these fascinating photographs over at the Seattle Weekly News. Now do you believe?

About Alison Hudson

Alison is a writer and educator living near Ann Arbor, MI. She blogs regularly about skepticism, games, and the transgender experience.
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10 Responses to When Catching Bigfoot on Film, Be Sure to Get His Good Side

  1. Jon Richfield says:

    The batman photo was better, so OK, I finally believe in Batman.
    Now will Sasquatch kindly go away?

    • Alison Edwards says:

      The top one is almost certainly a fake; I’ve seen it before. Notice the obvious jump cut in the middle. If you freeze frame before the jump-cut, there’s nothing there. Also, AFAIK there’s never been any provenance established for the video beyond the brief claim in the YouTube description, Who took the video, what device, etc. Give me context.

      “Bigfoot” yell is … two dudes hearing something in the woods. Why, exactly, is “Bigfoot” the first explanation to jump to? Poor critical thinking skills there, There’s zero things to link that sound to a legendary beast.

      Witness interviews are anecdotes. No actual evidence presented,

    • Alison Edwards says:

      In addition, let me post one link for you and ask you to read it. This is, I think, the very first post I ever wrote for the Skeptoid Blog. In it, I lay out what is my fundamental issue with, the fundamental FLAW of, the entire Squatching and other legendary cryptids subject. It’s old, but I would love to hear your views on it.

      http://skeptoid.com/blog/2012/11/15/anatomy-of-a-real-cryptid-case/

      EDITED TO ADD: LOL! I just realized that you actually did some commenting on that story back then. Didn’t quite address my point directly, but you posted some videos. Ah, we have come full circle, you and I.

  2. Well, it’s definitely difficult to catch a Bigfoot these days.

  3. busterggi says:

    Why, even the Turtleman hasn’t caught a bigfoot, despite the crossover with Finding Bigfoot on the season opener a couple of weeks ago.

  4. Tenorman says:

    I’m more concerned with a father that takes his son shooting, and encourages him to fire at something that hasn’t been identified. It could just as easily have been a human. Let’s not ignore the basic rules of hunting folks.

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