I hate to keep beating a dead gorilla but seeing as how I was up early this morning I thought I would do a little more research on the Bathing Bigfoot photo. This time I just did a search for "Gorilla Props", "Gorilla Masks" and a few other related searches. There is a pretty good selection of masks and at least this one prop (featured in the comparison photo) that resemble the bathing Bigfoot. If you get a chance do a few searches and see what you can find.
To me it would seem easy to apply a little white paint or digitally apply white to the head and chin of the prop and make it look like the one in the photo. In the comparison photo above the mouth looks a little different, so this may not be the exact some thing. Or it could even be a homemade version or something. If a prop was use or created like the one in the picture, it would be easy to place it in a swamp area and make it appear the subject was deep in a swamp. Is that what has happen here? I don't know for sure as I'm only speculating.
I also want to note that I never did get a reply back from John Rodriguez. I had ask some basic questions about the photo but no reply as of yet.
After I posted the Bathing Bigfoot story, I took some heat for even bringing it up. I can understand that some get frustrated with what appears to be a hoax but to me, even if it is just a hoax, we should attempt to debunk it and find evidence to support our belief that it is a hoax. Just like with the Rick Dyer "Shooting Bigfoot" hoax, people kept working and digging for clues and evidence, even though they knew it was a hoax. In the end it all unraveled and more was know about Hank and who created it.
I also created a very short video featuring some of the enhancements of the Bathing Bigfoot. Here it is in case you want to watch it.
In conclusion, I do think the Bathing Bigfoot photos are a hoax and have many questions about it. It is a current topic on many websites and it has even been on some TV news reports, so it is at least worthy of looking into. I do not feel I have proven it to be a hoax but I think I have brought up some good questions and possibilities.
[Prop photo from - http://www.lynx-lair.com]
This post by Thomas Marcum, Thomas is the founder/leader of the cryptozoology and paranormal research organization known as The Crypto Crew. Over 20 years experience with research and investigation of unexplained activity, working with video and websites. A trained wild land firefighter and a published photographer, and poet.
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