Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 5th, 2011
The second episode of Finding Bigfoot aired on Sunday night, June 5, 2011, at 10:00 pm, with a quick rebroadcast at 11:00 pm.
The episode was entitled “Swamp Ape” and took place in Florida. One part of the episode regarded the find of a handprint by Bill and Carolyn Bridges, outside of Quincy, centered in Gadsden County, Florida (seen in red below).
It looks like the modified “town meeting” approach is enjoyed by the show. The Finding Bigfoot team visited Gadsden County, as well as the Seminoles of the Everglades (second map below), in the southern part of the state. The citizens shared their history with the local variation of the southern cryptid swamp apes (a/k/a boogers, Napes, Skunk Apes), some of which goes back hundreds of years.
The fact there were seemingly some noises heard on the soundtrack, and alleged thermal images shown midway and late in this episode is no assurance that these were actual pieces of evidence gathered or inserted dramatic re-creations. Several CG images and Bigfoot costumed actors were used in scenes throughout the program. The final thermal image of supposedly Matt shown going towards a static figure that reportedly was seen to run off was not supported by any shown thermal imaging. That part was extremely confusing. Was authentic thermals shown? Or were what was shown part of real thermals? And if so, why wasn’t the footage of the figure moving and running off shown?
The June 5th first screening of “Swamp Ape” is open for discussion now. What did you think?
Matt Moneymaker has shared some comments on this episode. Please click and read here for more.
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.