Bobby Clarke Video: A Year Later

Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 22nd, 2006

Exactly a year ago, on April 22, 2005, the story of Bobby Clarke’s Manitoba Sasquatch video broke in the news.

Bobby Clarke

The beginning of the story had begun earlier, of course. At dawn on Saturday, April 16, 2005, Bobby Clarke, a Manitoba ferryboat driver and Native of the Norway House Cree First Nation, was doing his job when he noticed something, a "big, black figure," "a massive creature" on the opposite bank of the Nelson River, about 300 meters (over 900 feet) away. Clarke had an old camcorder on board to record any wildlife he saw, so he picked it up and took two minutes and 49 seconds of videotape of what many say is a Sasquatch. He showed it to hundreds of locals at his friend, Georgina Henry’s house in Norway House, Manitoba, before he sold the first rights to screen it to the program, A Current Affair.

Bigfoot researchers were dismayed to hear the Native Canadian had sold the footage to television, but then Clarke merely said that he wanted to make a little money off all the interest in his footage, just as much as the next guy. He made no outrageous claims for it, and was curious about what the creature might be.

Clarke told the Globe and Mail that he "has been nervous ever since seeing the creature, especially when he takes the ferry to the side of the river the creature was on."

Despite a well-publicized A Current Affair expedition to Manitoba to search for the Sasquatch, and keep the story alive, no results were forthcoming. As fate would have it, the entire news magazine was cancelled by Fox Television a few weeks after the Clarke Bigfoot affair was no longer current.

How has the Bobby Clarke video fared in the last year?

After the footage aired on A Current Affair, it got mixed reviews.

At the time, the Edmonton Sun quoted Franklin Ruehl, a Glendale, California-based alleged Sasquatch researcher who watched it, as saying: "It was an exciting moment. I saw an intriguing entity that certainly appeared to be an ape-like human hybrid….I’m most impressed with this tape. It’s one more piece of evidence that these entities exist. It’s not absolute proof but it should be enough of a motivating factor to encourage an expedition into northern Manitoba."

Many of us, including me, thought that it was too fuzzy and distorted to prove much, one way or the other.

Others came out to debunk it firmly. Bill Borody, founder of the Manitoba Sasquatch Research Centre, said it was "bogus."

Borody told the media the creature in the video is not moving, but the background is. He also said Sasquatch are supposed to be large, barrel-chested creatures, but the one in Clarke’s footage is narrow at the top and fans out at the bottom, "like a tent." (Okay. That’s his opinion.)

Interestingly, Borody noted that Clarke’s claim that he shot the video at 6:30 am in the morning is also puzzling because Borody said it’s light outside in the footage. But Norway House — which is in northern Manitoba — is still dark at that hour at that time of year, Borody exclaimed.

Alright, Cryptomundo investigators, here is your chance, for we are nearly at the same time of year again…what is the light like up in Norway House, Manitoba, at 6:30 am on April 16th?

Borody does sound like he had a sense of humor during his debunking, because he said he hoped Clarke made a lot of money from the video because he wouldn’t give Clarke 10 bucks for it, according to the Winnipeg Free Press.

What do you think of the Clarke Sasquatch footage now, a year later? And why?

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.

13 Responses to “Bobby Clarke Video: A Year Later”

  1. Ole Bub responds:

    Someone please post a link to view the footage…

    Regarding the lighting at 6:30 AM….this time of year don’t the days get longer not shorter the further North you travel…

    Where is Marty Stouffer when you need him?

    seeing is believing…

    ole bub and the Sheba dawg

  2. greywolf responds:

    Well I had missed the showing of the video and don’t want to make a comment but from what I read it was in a place where fakeing it at the right time would be more trouble than it was worth…where can it be seen???

  3. superd responds:

    The last chapter on this one is not over yet, as ther is activity up there right now. The reason he had the camera close by was to record the howls at night, and yes I do believe it’s light out at 6:30 am at this time of year.

  4. youcantryreachingme responds:

    “more trouble that it was worth”? (2) – he sold the video to a TV show! How much exactly, *was* it worth?? 🙂

  5. Craig Woolheater responds:

    The link to the video is available on this post here on Cryptomundo.

  6. Berkastler responds:

    Yes, it is light out there at 6:30 am and also very late into the evening.

  7. Mnynames responds:

    Blobsquatch strikes again…It may very well be genuine, but it’s hardly convincing…

  8. superd responds:

    I looked it up and sunrise was at 6:29 at that day at that ferry site.

  9. youcantryreachingme responds:

    Which means it was light well before then.

  10. youcantryreachingme responds:

    If you know the longitude and latitude, you can calculate the sunrise and beginning of civil twilight at the US Naval Observatory site.

    I’m not familiar with the location and can’t locate the co-ordinates in the time I currently have available…

  11. superd responds:

    To find sunrise , I just found the ferry site on my Garmin Vista GPS and pulled up the sunrise for that year and date, took 3 minutes. Got to love that technology.
    Lat. N 54 14.457
    Long. W 097 35.014

  12. dogu4 responds:

    About all one can really say about the footage is that if you actually had the creature at that distance under those conditions with that cheap little camera you’d likely see just about what that guy is saying was a bigfoot. Human eyesight, while not all that good, is better than most little video cameras, but our inate ability to make ourselves believe that what we’re seeing is actually what we think it is, is probably a lot better.

    Has anyone actually tried to duplicate this just from a technical perspective?

  13. SpectateSwamp responds:

    1998 26July BigFoot tracks in the Beardies reserve near
    Prince Albert Saskatchewan Canada. Local news covered
    the story. I saw the castings pictures. Never heard about
    it again.

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