Posted by: Loren Coleman on May 21st, 2012
David Shealy’s new show has been given a greenlight for a handful of episodes on Travel Channel, a division of Discovery. The focus will be about Shealy’s search for the Skunk Ape in the Everglades of Florida. If the pilot gets good initial ratings, half a dozen episodes will be scheduled to screen.
The success of Matt Moneymaker and his BFRO crew’s reality series on Animal Planet has the Travel Channel hoping it can hit paydirt with a “finding Skunk Ape”-style program that will be funnier than Finding Bigfoot. Reportedly, Shealy’s series will air next fall.
Cryptozoologists and Bigfoot researchers are concerned about a trend they see developing in which the field is being played, more and more, just for laughs. Of course, the producers of such Bigfoot and Skunk Ape shows may be laughing all the way to the bank, but in their programs’ wake, the serious sides of cryptozoology and hominology may suffer.
David Shealy in a recent photograph, on location, at his tourist attraction in the Everglades.
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.