What Did You Think Of Finding Bigfoot: “Swamp Ape”?

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.

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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 About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. 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. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

56 Responses to “What Did You Think Of Finding Bigfoot: “Swamp Ape”?”

  1. fuzzy responds:

    OOps! SORRY- that’s BFRO.net, NOT .com ~ click on the map, then your state, then clik the County, then on the Reports, and start reading.

    Then start dreaming!

  2. gridbug responds:

    There should probably be a distinction made in that the BFRO really is one of the best go-to sites for witness reports despite the recent freakout in here about Moneymaker’s character traits. The fact that they haven’t reinstated the Cryptomundo link on their home page is still a strike against them though. This isn’t the fourth grade, Matt. Man up and do the right thing for the greater good.

  3. PA DUDE responds:

    The fence probably got messed up by a tree branch.

    REMEMBER! Don’t ever think about turning in a claim on a damaged fence because now the insurance agencies have proof of Bigfoot doing it and he is not listed in your policy as a covered occurrence.

    Don’t edit anymore of the episodes like that again. Every dude watching wanted to observe the gait of the creature exiting the meadow at the end, not cool.

  4. movingmanitou responds:

    i cant believe that some one actually thought it was a good idea to give this Moneymaker a tv show. i truly believe there is something out there that hasn’t been discovered yet, i am trying to convince my wife and almost have but people like him don’t do much for my argument. How can one claim to be an expert on something that hasn’t been proven to exist? I for instance am an expert on the invisible flying squigglebloob, now prove that i am not. Can i have a tv show? first i’ll need a little advance so i can do some field research and make up some scientific facts. Please, some one get this clown off the air, he’s doing more harm than good.

  5. ithilien responds:

    the reason they did not show the thermal image moving away was because it would have revealed that it was not, indeed, a bigfoot.
    people, i understand the fun and excitement of a tv show like this, but you MUST remain skeptical of what you are shown. it’s a tv show for god’s sake. they have to have something evidentiary to show or no viewers, no ratings and no renewal. And they have to have a shill to drive the conversation and create some buzz about the show.

  6. Opalman responds:

    Hi Fuzzy,
    Your defense of an organization driven by their exalted leaders immense ego kinda makes me feel all “Fuzzy” Inside.
    Seriously; as I already mentioned, I have first hand dealings with the BRFO. I was banned from their site because I suggested that their expeditions be mindful of the ever more common incidents of bear maulings and that the nessisary precautions be taken in the deep bush. I need not be instructed by the obvious, sir.
    I stand proud to never have any affiliation with the BFRO and their exalted leader. I’m going out on a linb here but, as anyone that knows me will be glad to tell you “I’ve forgotton more about wildlife and the outdoors than MM will ever know.
    Additionally as anyone that knows me well will tell you; I detest liars.

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