Posted by: Loren Coleman on February 26th, 2010
The Russian tabloid Pravda has published a new Canadian image of what one man is saying is a Sasquatch head. Perhaps it really should be called, at this point, only a Bigfoot blobblehead?
Pravda begins their piece:
A Canadian researcher managed to take a picture of the face of the legendary hairy giant –the mascot of the Winter Olympic Games 2010.
Randy Brisson, a well-known Canadian cryptozoologist, shared hot information with his Russian colleagues. The researcher sent a photograph of the North American Bigfoot to Igor Burtsev and Dmitry Bayanov, the directors of the International Center for Hominology. The Canadian took the picture of the creature in Vancouver, the capital of Winter Games 2010.
Brisson assured his Russian colleagues that it was a photo of the legendary Bigfoot, or Sasquatch. The popularity of the mythical creature has won it the honor to become a symbol and a mascot of Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Mr. Brisson’s photo may mean that the mascots ramble somewhere in the woods of the Olympic city.
Meanwhile, the Digital Journal takes a critical look at the new image, and points out that “Brison’s (sic) big claim to fame was finding tracks of an adult and juvenile Sasquatch near East Stave Lake, British Columbia in February, 2009.”
DJ declares that the thing in the photo “looks like it could be something … and it also looks like it could be nothing. It appears to be a disembodied dark hairy face in a forest. Brisson is reported to have encountere (sic) the Sasquach (sic) near Pitt Lake, B.C.”
Other than the bothersome typos found throughout the DJ item, they are certainly on target to mention that Pitt Lake is well-known. As they note: “Pitt Lake is near Vancouver, and is not very accessible as it is ‘surrounded by rugged terrain.’ Perhaps some tourists in town for the Olympics might make the short trip to Pitt Lake, which has a fascinating history that includes stories of murder, sasquatch and alien sightings, and tales of lost gold mines.”
John Green wrote about sightings at the location in his 1978 book, Sasquatch: The Apes Among Us, on pages 435-436. The Pitt Lake encounters of 1965 were quite remarkable, detailing Sasquatch that reportedly were 10-15 feet tall, which left 20-24 inch long tracks. Mark A. Hall included them in his True Giant classification system.
Above is artist Harry Trumbore’s illustration from The Field Guide of Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates (p. 45) of the Pitt Lake “Sasquatch” seen in June 1965.
So, what are we to make of this new photo? Certainly, some people are already checking in with some opinions. As one wag said to me yesterday: Ivan Marx must be pretty upset, as it looks like someone stole his 1970s “Bigfoot” costume.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.