Weird Travels with Bigfoot on Tonight

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on June 16th, 2006

For centuries, legends of hairy, apelike beasts have terrified remote regions around the globe and we’re hot on the trail to uncover the truth behind the legend of Bigfoot.

Weird Travels: Bigfoot airs Friday, June 16 at 9 PM and 12 AM midnight, also again at 9 AM June 17 on the Travel Channel. All times listed are CDT. Check your local listings for the airtime in your area.

This is the episode that I participated in. The film crew was in the field with members of my research group during this research operation, as well as spending time with me in Jefferson, TX and out on Caddo Lake. We also took a day trip to Fouke, AR to check into the local legend of the Fouke Monster.

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.

15 Responses to “Weird Travels with Bigfoot on Tonight”

  1. Loren Coleman responds:

    That would be 8 and 11 PM Eastern and Pacific.

  2. scmarlowe responds:

    I’d also like to note that we at Pangea Institute contributed material to the producers of this presentation. I’m sure Cryptomundo fans will recognize the Matt Ellis illustration of the Lakeland Swamp Ape that Loren has previously posted to the Cryptomundo site.

    However, the producers (improperly) applied that material to support a rather weakly evidenced segment of the episode pertaining to Dave Shealy’s work in the Ochopee area of Florida.

    This was done without consulting us about how the material would be ultimately used in the broadcast.

    The material contributed includes other illustrations by Matt Ellis, a photo of a hair sample that we determined NOT to be from a Swamp Ape (We told them about the negative results and sent the producers a digital image from our optical microscope examination showing that the hair has been cut not pulled) and the illustration that appeared here.

    Loren, if you’d like to post the microscope slide, we will be happy to provide it to you.

  3. Jeremy_Wells responds:

    So, for those of us who eschew cable television, is there a way to legally download or otherwise get a copy of this show?

  4. Jeremy_Wells responds:

    I understand you have put a lot of effort into seperating reports of “swamp apes” from “skunk apes” amongst us who are “in the know”. But the public at large who don’t dedicate as much time to the study of cryptids can be forgiven for confusing the two (ignoring your microscopic evidence of cut hair is just shoddy work on the part of the producers though).
    But, to get to my point, have you written any articles differentiating, point by point, the differences between the swamp ape, that you and others have gathered substantial circumstantial evidence for and the “skunk ape” reports that are widely accepted to be hoaxes?
    Such an article, of course, would have to also address possibly legitimate sightings labeled with the “skunk apes” nomenclature simply because of the popularity of the term.
    Such an article, of course, would be of interest in limited publication circles, but I think it would be a step toward settling this semantic debate.
    If you don’t have the time or inclination to do write such an article yourself, and you’d be interested, I’d love to do an interview to shop around (I’m a published writer with experience in newspapers and various food and restaurant related “industry” ‘zines. I’d be glad to send you examples of my work and to even break my normal policy and allow you to preview anything I’ve written prior to begin the submission process.)
    If you would be interested, Craig can provide you with my contact information.

  5. scmarlowe responds:

    The white paper I’ve authored (and mentioned previously) does explore the differentiation. We are in the illustrative phase of preparing the document for publication — unfortunately, my best estimate is at least another year of work.

    However, as Loren’s verbal sparing match with Ms. Bobbie Short can attest, others have been busy trying to make the same distinction on Yahoo Groups — albeit for a different agenda and possibly nefarious reasons.

    I have also discussed this issue with my associates and superiors at Florida Keys Community College and they have agreed to allow me to add a workshop on the subject (via Internet Course) on the fall schedule. The tuition (obviously required by the college) is expected to be about $30 for the four-week, yet to be named, course.

  6. scmarlowe responds:

    Jeremy, E-mail me. I have an illustration from the white paper that graphically differentiates the two animals visually that has been prepared for the white paper.

  7. kaboobi responds:

    Ok. I’ll bite. What is the difference between the two? I have heard both terms and have always lumped them together… Is a swamp ape more in the family of a gorilla while the skunk ape is closer to a BF? Vise Versa?

  8. twblack responds:

    Well I look forward to the show tonight. I will be watching.

  9. Big Bird responds:

    I am not very good at math, but I think that would be 10 PM Eastern.

  10. mega_maverick_hunter responds:

    I’ve already watched this one a thousand times. It’s not new.

  11. scmarlowe responds:

    Kaboobi, the “Skunk Ape” is a figment apparently invented to foster tourist trade while the “Swamp Ape” seems to be genuine from all the physical evidence gathered so far.

    The “Skunk Ape” — assuming it to be a real creature resembles a conventional North American Sasquatch or Bipedal Gorilla having three toes (according to Dave Shealy) while the “Swamp Ape” has physical characteristics more in line with those of a primitive human — including 5 parallel toes.

  12. scmarlowe responds:

    Jeremy, If you are interested in doing a professional piece for one of the “zines” I would be pleased to work with you on the article. My answer to Kaboobi is just the tip of the iceberg.

    Another difference, again according to Shealy, is that the “Skunk Ape” makes its home inside of alligator caves and the “Swamp Ape” nests upon the ground like a mountain gorilla.

  13. kaboobi responds:

    Thanks for the explanation scmarlowe!

  14. coolbug responds:

    will it be on again?

  15. Craig Woolheater responds:


    You are correct, it’s not new. It originally aired January 6, 2006.

    It is re-aired on on the Travel Channel usually several times a month.

    But if you haven’t seen it, it’s new to you.

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