Stories of Bigfoot (or Sasquatch) seem to have been around for hundreds of years. Legends of a giant hairy beast, part man, part ape, stretch from North America, South America, Asia, Africa, and more.
What is it about this creature that has so many convinced that Bigfoot is real?
I’ve been watching “Finding Bigfoot” on a regular basis that airs on Sunday’s on Animal Planet.
The show is quite fun to watch. I get a kick out of it anyway. You have 4 investigators going all over the country researching sightings and videos that catch their eye.
Investigators on the series are Matt Moneymaker who founded the BFRO, James “Bobo” Fay, Cliff Barackman, and Ranae Holland who is the skeptic.
They are determined to prove that Bigfoot is real, and is living among us in areas with lots of forests, woods, mountains, which are perfect habitats for the creature to live unseen by man.
Each episode features the team getting locals to tell their stories about their sightings. They pick three of the best stories and actually go to the sight of the “sightings” and recreate the scene. That way they can judge how tall, how big, how fast or whatever the Bigfoot was in the supposed sighting.
Then the team narrows down the most “logical spot” after reviewing all the locations of the sightings and then investigate that area at night. They make Squatch calls, have video, audio recording, and set up traps or fires to get the creature to “take a look” at them. It’s all quite “scientific” I suppose – maybe.
I have several problems concerning Bigfoot. And all you have to do is use some logic and you’ll find that Bigfoot is not real. Nothing but a good story to tell around a campfire.
First, for the TV show, to me it’s quite stupid to actually think that Bigfoot doesn’t have a sense of smell. Bigfoot, if real as they think, would probably have a sense of smell like a shark. He could smell humans, and other prey, a mile away. And four humans tromping around the woods making “calls” isn’t going to fool Bigfoot – he can smell them coming – not to mention hear them.
And the Squatch “calls” are hilarious. Really? They don’t think that Bigfoot can tell a “call” from a human versus an animal? Even the coyotes can tell when it’s a human making the calls. They make so much noise out there that Bigfoot is probably running AWAY from them as fast as he can. Wild animals usually get spooked by a lot of noise and racket and so it would be easy to expect the same from Bigfoot, considering how shy he is.
And every little sound they hear in the woods, at night, they think is Bigfoot. No – it’s not. There are dozens and dozens of animals that live in the forest. All of them make noise and sounds. Just because you don’t know which animal it was that makes the “sound” you heard which you couldn’t identify – doesn’t make it Bigfoot by default. These people don’t spend their life living in the forest. They have no idea how many animals roam the forest at night. Identifying the sounds is not easy. And not being familiar enough with all the types of animals and sounds that are heard at night in the forest, they can’t and won’t ever prove that some squawk they heard was a Bigfoot.
My next problem is the fact that Bigfoot is supposedly a nocturnal creature. Why? If Bigfoot is a hybrid between ape and human – both of which are not nocturnal – then what makes Bigfoot nocturnal? There are very few primates that are nocturnal, and most are small. Examples are the Lemur, Aye-Aye, and Tarsiers. As far as great apes go, could not find if any of them are nocturnal. It just seems odd that most primates are diurnal and so are humans – so it doesn’t make sense that Bigfoot would be nocturnal.
Another problem is the fact that Bigfoot has been seen in just about every continent and every state in the United States. Hundreds of people for decades and decades have spent their life trying to capture this creature. There are hundreds of people hunting this creature to prove its real – and only a real body will prove it.
And after all this – no one has captured one. No one has found a bone, a skull, a femur, a tooth or any bone that can be attributed to a Bigfoot. No one has found a burial site. A Bigfoot nest. No one has found hair – any hair at all. This thing is supposed to be really hairy right? And all the sightings, you would think that someone could find ONE HAIR to test. No bones, no blood, no hair, no nests all equal not real.
With so many sightings of Bigfoot, basically all over the world, there would have to be a bunch of Bigfoots living among us. Like hundreds, in order to match the number of sightings and locations and the span of time. There would have to be communities of Bigfoots, with mothers and baby bigfoots to keep the species going. I just can’t believe that.
And the only thing that we have as far as any real physical evidence is footprints. Yep, that’s it. A lot of footprints, of all sizes. Some with arches, some without arches, some resemble humans, some look more primate, some even are hybrid between primate and human, some with four toes, some with more, it goes on and on. Foot prints are easily faked. And footprints can be misidentified. And more than one animal footprint in the same spot can modify a footprint to look like something else. And human imagination is stubborn.
Until someone actually brings a body (dead or alive) of a creature that is unknown to us – then I might believe. But I’m not holding my breath.
What will be interesting is next week’s “Ancient Aliens” episode about Bigfoot sightings and the link between Bigfoot and UFOs. Yeah, I’ve heard that for a while now. That many Bigfoot sightings are accompanied by UFO sightings at the same time. Even theories about how Bigfoot might be an alien of some kind and that’s the reason we don’t find any evidence of Bigfoots. Possible? Maybe. But why would an alien need to stop off in the woods on Earth for such a short time and in so many places? To take a leak? I’ll have to watch the show and judge for myself.
And I’ll continue to watch “Finding Bigfoot” for my weekly laugh. So is Bigfoot real?
For more information on the show: http://animal.discovery.com/tv/finding-bigfoot/