Monday, February 29, 2016

The Crypto Files - Maine Bigfoot Photos


It's time for another installment of The Crypto Files. In this episode we look at the Maine Bigfoot Photos. I had covered these photos taken by Jim Stanley back in February 2014, (Found Here) but it seems the photographs have resurfaced so I want to give everyone a chance to see both pictures and comment on them.

Here is Episode 3 of The Crypto Files.




So what do you think? In my opinion I think it's a guy in a suit. 




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~Tom~

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Bigfoot Shoulder Mount for Sale


Today's weird ebay find is of a mounted Bigfoot. Of course, we have seen similar items like this one in the past. Normally they are made out of the rump of a deer. I'm assuming this one is also made from a deer's butt. I think this one is a pretty good representation of our ol' buddy bigfoot. But what I find somewhat shocking about this piece is the price. The price is set at $25,000! I was like C'mon if you don't want to sell it then just don't list it ....then I noticed it has 32 people watching this listing. So maybe the price is not so shocking to others...well at least 32 of them.

Here is what the description say about the item.

"Up for sale is an actual Bigfoot shoulder mount! I would tell you how we "acquired" this Sasquatch in the swamps of the Aucilla River, but you wouldn't believe me anyhow. We have had this Yeti in our family for many many years. It just may be the only proof that Bigfoot truly exists! It's time for it to go, our cats, dog, kids and a few adult neighbors are all to afraid of it. This is truly rare and a one of a kind.

This is your once in a life-time opportunity to own a legit Sasquatch wall-hanger. Not even Basspro or Cabelas owns a YETI. The only pictures of a Bigfoot mount you will find on the internet are of only this stud. The next one we find we will mount the entire body, but we could only afford the shoulder mount at the time we harvested this big guy. He stood over 7.5 feet tall and weighed to much for our scales to accurately measure. Local pickup is preferred; however, we could arrange for shipping if you are not local. Please inquire."



So, from the description, I'm assuming they are trying to pass it off as a real Sasquatch? Is that why people are interested in it at that price? I also assume they are just joking but maybe the gullible are taking the bait.

I still think it would be a cool item to have but not at that price. If you would like to check it out for yourself and see the other pictures, then  JUST CLICK HERE

If anyone buys this, let us know.

 Also, I make no claims or promises about this item, I'm only sharing the listing and my thoughts about it. I do not know the person selling it and have not had any contact with them.




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~Tom~

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Bigfoot in Utah?


In between taking in reports and doing our own research, we also look at other videos, pictures and stories to post here. Plus we have various other projects we work on like youtube videos, books and other things. Some of it is for entertainment, some of it is to share evidence, some of it is to help weed out hoaxes and some of it is an effort to get a person to think deeper or differently about certain subjects.

Sometimes, like today, we will feature various videos. Sometimes, we ask other peoples opinion about them while giving ours. I know some people you could not convince them a video was fake no matter what you told or showed them. On the other hand you have videos that might be of a real Bigfoot and you can't convince them it might be real either. So, I guess it is best not to worry much about changing other peoples minds, as it is about sharing our/your opinions. Our opinions for videos and reports are based on what we see and what experience we have ...just like other peoples. Beside, giving an opinion on any topic is the fastest way to get attacked. So, for what it is worth, my opinion of the following video is that it is a hoax.

Here is the video.


Here is what the description below the video says:
"A man sent us this footage of a supposed bigfoot or sasquatch sighting. He says that he took it in the Spring of 2015 but was to nervous or embarrassed to show anyone who might think he was crazy. He found our channel and submitted it to us for our bigfoot breakdown."

So there is not really a lot to go on from the description. I do know that often times people wait years to tell about seeing a bigfoot. I think many are afraid people will make fun of them or just not believe them.It is also feasible that the guy was just filming the stream and heard something, but who knows for sure.

To me, the figure looks like some type of cheap gorilla suit. The face kind of looks like it is plastic. I have no evidence to back that up, just going by what I see. The guy that filmed it may not have been privy to any of this, he may be a a victim of a prank/hoax. I don't know.




I have grabbed a still frame from the video and zoomed in on the figure. You still can't see much detail. But at least I made a sloppy effort. I did not take the time to run this video on my editing software and break it down. Just call me lazy, I guess.








So, what do you think about the video? Is it real or fake? Does it make you want to visit Utah?




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~Tom~

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Crypto Files - Ketchum If You Can (Episode 2)


Here is the second episode of The Crypto Files. In this episode we take a quick look at a couple trending stories. Many times in the Bigfoot community, old stories and reports have a way of getting recycled. Sometimes they contain new information and sometimes they don't.

Here is episode 2 "Ketchum If You Can"



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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Around the Campfire - Bigfoot (Episode 2)


Pull up a chair and get ready to relax. It's time for episode 2 of Around the Campfire with Dorraine Fisher. In this episode Dorraine tackles our favorite subject, Bigfoot! There are many varied reports about bigfoot behavior. Some reported behavior seems to always cause a riff among researchers and enthusiast. What can we do, if anything, to help eliminate some of the fighting?  Lets see what Miss Dorainne has to say about it.

Here is episode 2 of Around the Campfire - "Bigfoot"   



Be on the look out for episode 3!


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~Tom~

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Possible Bigfoot Trackline


I recently found a possible old trackline in the snow. The stride is 5 foot or more. I didn't move the tape measure between the photos on the left.

Toe to toe, it's around a 5' 5" stride. This is very close to the place where there was a bigfoot sighting back in November. (Post found here)

The pattern and stride of these track seem to be consistent with a bigfoot trackline. Of course with what appears to be some snow melt or possible blowing snow, I can not see any definition of toes.

There appears to be 13 individual tracks in this line that lead off into the woods.





The snow is about 6 inches deep and the tracks seems to have made a pretty deep impression. This suggest that what ever made these tracks was probably pretty heavy.


Here are a few more photos.
 


Close up of one single track. Appears to be about a 13-14 inch track.

  
Another view of the track line leading up into the woods.

Of course, in the end I can not say for sure what made these tracks, but I also can not rule out that a bigfoot might have made them.

Also, I should mention that these were found in New Hampshire on Feb. 18th .

I did follow the tracks into the woodline, I didn't find much. The tracks went to a bare area, and I lost them.









This post/report from TCC Team Member Jason Morse.  Jason is a lifelong outdoor enthusiast, trained in wilderness survival tactics, a 26 year martial artist, DJ, EMT and amateur writer. Jason conducts bigfoot field research, witness interviews and more for The Crypto Crew.


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Monday, February 22, 2016

Bigfoot Event in Jenkins, Kentucky

What an incredible event we had on Saturday (20th) for a couple of great kids. Overall, we had a very good turn out and raised some money for Hunter and Luke. The city of Jenkins was very welcoming to all of us and Mayor Todd Depriest was very helpful getting things set up.

If you missed the event, I will write a briefly summary and share some of the photos. The event was a Bigfoot presentation event with the main goal being to raise some funds for two families devastated by the terrible thing we call cancer. I think we would be hard pressed to find any person who's lives have not been touched in some way by cancer. Somewhere in out lives we have had someone, family or friend, suffer from cancer. So, we were more than happy to take part in this event.

Myself and Charlie Raymond of Kentucky Bigfoot Research Organization both did presentations. I rarely do these types of things, mainly because I'm rather shy by nature, but this was a great cause. My presentation was short and mainly focused on my own personal research and findings. I did briefly cover some of our teams findings in other locations. I'm shy and nervous talking to larger groups, but have a much easier time talking to 3 or 4 people at a time. I enjoyed talking to everyone and I got to hear some great stories. I encouraged some of the people who told me these stories to submit them via the link at the top of the page to me. I hope they do so I can share them with everyone. I was also shown some great track pictures and an awesome audio file.

Charlie's presentation was nothing short of fantastic. He had a ton of information that covered the history of Bigfoot and included some of his teams own research. The thermal video of a possible bigfoot crawling on it's belly was very interesting. He also shared several audio files that were great. It was a great time in Jenkins, KY and it seemed that people enjoyed themselves.

There were also a lot of prizes raffled off. Prizes that included T-shirts, hats, artwork, figures and more. A special thanks to all who donated prizes and helped make the event a success.      

In the coming days, I hope to share more from this wonderful event. It was such a pleasure to meet everyone and I hope we can do it again.

Here are some more photos from the event.




Myself, Charlie and the man who first started setting up the event, Randy Isaac. I think this photo was taken by Randy's lovely wife Samantha.











This is a group shot of some of the folks who stayed around long after the presentations were over. I think this shot was also taken by Samantha Isaac. 








If you would like to see more pictures from the even you can find them on our facebook by clicking here.

It was great to see people from the bigfoot community coming together to share information and help some people in the process.


Again, thanks to everyone who had a hand in making this happen and to everyone who came out, everyone who donated their time and money to make this truly successful. Please, keep these young kids and their families in your prayers.




Thanks
~Tom~

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Creepy Figure Caught On Tape In Saudi Arabia


Creepy Figure Caught On Tape In Tabook, Saudi Arabia
 By Dorraine Fisher
Take a look at this new creepy video circulating on Youtube. Not much is known about this footage, but it’s said to have been filmed in Tabook, Saudi Arabia, which is basically in the middle of nowhere.

There are what seem to be two men in a vehicle that spot this hunched figure wearing white, and they appear to back up the vehicle to get a closer look. But when they do, the intense fear the one man feels is obvious. He doesn’t speak English, but he’s clearly horrified by what he’s seeing. The area was reported to have been investigated the next day, but nothing unusual was found.

Some are describing this figure as a “witch,” which is interesting since witchcraft and sorcery are prohibited in Saudi, Arabia, and punishable by death. So if this video is faked, someone put him or herself at serious risk in making it. And, if you know the location where this footage was captured, I would have to ask why someone would be alone in the dark, miles from civilization like this. So what is it?

Watch and tell us what you think.


SOUND Warning! Creepy video.


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Thursday, February 18, 2016

White Bigfoot Reports From Tennessee (Update)

Areas mentioned in the reports
There are several reports of white bigfoot here in my area of Southeastern Kentucky. We also have a white bigfoot report just across the state line, over in Tennessee. You may remember an my interview with Steve.  Well, now I have got some new reports of a white bigfoot from Tennessee. This white bigfoot has been seen multiple times.
Here is the report.

- Start Report -

Name: Cary

Email Address: on file

State: TN

County: Franklin

Date of Sighting: August 96? 97?

Time of Day: 9:00pm?

Nearest Town: Belvidere

Length of Sighting: maybe 6 seconds

How many Witnesses: 2

Any Photos/Videos: no

Describe sighting in detail: 
That summer my sister and cousin were checking out my sisters new car. It was close to 9:00pm and we lived on a dead end road that borders Mingo Swamp. There is a lot of forest area that surrounded our house. We had the only light pole at the time to give any light. It was very dark there at night.
My sister decided to drive the car up the road and my cousin went with her. She had her lights on bright and had passed my grandparents road.

There is a field of corn on one side of the road and a nursery on the other. As they neared the nursery barn, they noticed a huge white figure step out of the corn. It may have been 30 yards ahead.
Both said this 8 foot white hairy looking creature with a cone shaped head stepped quickly across the road.Her lights that were able to show enough across the road that they saw the white figure start to run into the darkness beyond the fence.
They looked at each other shocked. Locked the doors and quickly as they could turned around in the narrow road.

I remember they both came in talking fast and looked quite scared. My younger cousin kept saying that they had seen a monster cross the road. My sister described what she saw. It walked upright on two legs. We questioned them for awhile about deer. Finally we cracked a few jokes and forgot about it.

Not too long after that late one night my brother heard the dogs raging outside. He thought maybe someone was messing around the house. He went to the back door and turned on the light. He then went back to get his gun and investigate. As he walked back into the kitchen, he said he saw a large white hairy figure cross right by the glass door. It unnerved him I think but he went out and saw the dogs had moved to edge of the woods like they were following something. He said they would not go any further than the backyard.

When he and I were both walking around the nursery many years before, we were talking and my brother got really quite. He was looking into some of the saplings and bushes growing in the nursery. He looked disturbed. I ask him what was wrong. He said he saw a white face looking at him from out of those trees. I asked what he meant? All he could describe was a white face with red eyes.

We lived 14 miles from Flintville, Tn. and a few miles further from Kelso were there were reports in the 70s to 90s.A white creature has been seen in Kelso. We were not far from the Elk River. A lot of woods, hills, water, and farmland. There is a large deer population. And a friend of mine camped by the river one night and said he heard a huge splash. He had been asleep in the cab. The fire outside had died down to coals. He started hearing small rocks like hitting the outside of his truck. He heard a few footsteps. In a little while a huge black shape crossed in front of the coals. He claims their was enough light from the moon that he watched this huge black shape walk pass the cab. A little later it walked past the other side. Then everything was quite for the rest of the night.

- End Reports -

Thanks goes to Cary for sharing these reports and giving good details.

If you have a report to share, please use the link at the top of the page.


UPDATE

I recently received an update from Cary. He has taken some photos of the area. Here is what he said and the photos.

"This is Cary who gave you the account of the white Bigfoot recently in Franklin County Tennessee. I went to the place and took a couple photos of place were the Bigfoot was sighted years ago by my sister. The first photo is the road and where my sister had come to almost a halt in the road when she saw it step out. To the right was where the old cornfield was and now grown up with some pretty good size saplings. Just ahead to the right is where it stepped out from cornfield into the road. The second photo I walked down to the exact spot she showed were the creature crossed and is a picture looking out into the old nursery that it began to run.    Thanks, Cary "

Here are the 2 pictures that Cary sent in.



Once again, a big thanks to Cary for following up with some photos of the area.

 

Thanks
~Tom~

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Jackalope - More Than A Myth

By SedesGobhani
Okay, so most of us have heard of the Jackalope, right? One of the long standing "jokes" in the realms of the cryptid world. The fabled rabbit with antlers. It is an amazing sight that we can view thanks to some skilled taxidermy.
Like many unusual creatures and tales, there seems to always be some sliver of truth buried in these folkloric stories. The Jackalope is no different. As unreal as it seems, it has just a small dab of truth possibly sprinkled in the fabled creature story.

But first a brief history about the Jackalope.

The jackalope is a mythical animal of North American folklore described as a jackrabbit with antelope horns. The word "jackalope" is a portmanteau of "jackrabbit" and "antelope", although the jackrabbit is not a rabbit, and the American antelope is not an antelope. Also, many jackalope taxidermy mounts, including the original, are actually made with deer antlers.

In the 1930s, Douglas Herrick and his brother, hunters with taxidermy skills, popularized the American jackalope by grafting deer antlers onto a jackrabbit carcass and selling the combination to a local hotel in Douglas, Wyoming. Thereafter, they made and sold many similar jackalopes to a retail outlet in South Dakota, and another taxidermist continues to manufacture the horned rabbits in the 21st century. Stuffed and mounted, jackalopes are found in many bars and other places in the United States; stores catering to tourists sell jackalope postcards and other paraphernalia, and commercial entities in America and elsewhere have used the word "jackalope" or a jackalope logo as part of their marketing strategies. The jackalope has appeared in published stories, poems, television shows, video games, and a low-budget mockumentary film. The Wyoming Legislature has considered bills to make the jackalope the state's official mythological creature.

The underlying legend of the jackalope, upon which the Wyoming taxidermists were building, may be related to similar stories in other cultures and other historical times. Researchers suggest that at least some of the tales of horned hares were inspired by sightings of rabbits infected with the Shope papilloma virus. It causes horn- and antler-like tumors to grow in various places on a rabbit's head and body.

Shope papilloma virus is also known as cottontail rabbit papilloma virus (CRPV). Shope papilloma virus, is a type I virus under the Baltimore scheme, possessing a nonsegmented dsDNA genome. In the 1930s, hunters in northwestern Iowa reported that the rabbits they shot had several horn protrusions on many parts of their bodies including their faces and necks. This lead to the investigation and discovery of the virus in 1933 by Richard E. Shope when he was experimenting with cancer research. Shope separated the virus from horny warts on cottontail rabbits, and made one of the first mammaliam tumor virus discoveries. The virus is also a possible source of myths about the jackalope, a rabbit with the horns of an antelope, and related cryptids such as the wolpertinger. Bavarian folklore tells of the wolpertinger, also called wolperdinger, a mythological hybrid animal allegedly inhabiting the alpine forests of Bavaria in Germany. The wolpertinger is made up of several different animal parts, including antlers.

Shope determined the “horn” protrusions were keratinous carcinomas due to the infection of CRPV. These are typically found on or near the animal’s head, and can become large enough to interfere with the host’s ability to eat, causing starvation. The virus was originally discovered to affect only cottontail rabbits. in the Midwestern U.S., but can also infect brush rabbits, jackrabbits, snowshoe hares, and house rabbits.

Shope’s research has led to the development of an SPV model and the first mammalian model of a cancer caused by a virus. He was able to isolate virus particles from tumors on captured animals and use these to inoculate domestic rabbits, which then developed similar tumors. The animal model of the Shope Papilloma Virus (SPV) has contributed to our understanding of fundamental mechanisms in neoplasia, or the formation of a new, abnormal growth of tissue. The virus was sequenced in 1984, showing substantial sequence similarities to HPV1a. It has been used as a model for human papillomaviruses both before and after this discovery. The most visible example of this role is the HPV vaccine, which was developed based on and incorporating research done using the virus as a model. Similarly, it has been used to investigate antiviral therapies.

So, this is probably what started the jackalope stories way back in the day. It probably started with someone just catching good enough glimpse of a rabbit suffering from Shope Papilloma Virus, to start telling people "I saw a rabbit with antlers". You know, rabbits at notoriously fast and a fleeting view of one with antlers, would probably have gotten your attention. It probably would have got you laughed at pretty fast as well, while telling about it. But I suspect that others started getting a quick view of the running rabbit and the stories became more accepted.
 
Regardless, of the origin of the jackalope, the legend has many twist and turns. I guess that is what has helped it to continue to be in our current society and  to be a good source for humor.
 
The jackalope is subject to many outlandish and largely tongue-in-cheek claims embedded in tall tales about its habits. Jackalopes are said to be so dangerous that hunters are advised to wear stovepipes on their legs to keep from being gored. Stores in Douglas sell jackalope milk, but The New York Times questions its authenticity on grounds that milking a jackalope is known to be fraught with risk. One of the ways to catch a jackalope is to entice it with whiskey, the jackalope's beverage of choice. 

The jackalope can imitate the human voice, according to legend. During the days of the Old West, when cowboys gathered by the campfires singing at night, jackalopes could be heard mimicking their voices or singing along, usually as a tenor. It is said that jackalopes, the rare Lepus antilocapra, only breed during lightning flashes and that their antlers make the act difficult despite the hare's reputation for fertility.

So, in the end the jackalope is much more than just a myth. It's part of our history, our entertainment, our culture and I'm guessing, our future. 
 
(source: wikipedia)   


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~Tom~

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Crypto Files - Bigfoot or No Bigfoot?


This is the first episode and kind of a test episode, for a series I call The Crypto Files. The videos will be short, only a few minutes at best, and it will cover many different topics. In this first test, "pilot", episode we take a quick look at 3 photographs that are making waves on social media.

We give a little information on each photograph and comment on what others have said about them. We do some quick enhancements and move the video along. In the end, we try to leave it up to you to decide for yourself.

Without further ado, here is episode 1 "Bigfoot or No Bigfoot?"


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Thanks for watching. Maybe I'll do more ...who knows ...I'm a loose canon ..lol.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Things You Might Have Missed


Okay, by now you are probably aware that I'm enjoying the return of the super awesome show The X-files. The current season (10) is rapidly coming to an end. But luckily for me, I missed almost all of the past seasons, mostly due to my work schedule at the time. Thanks to Netflix, I can now watch all of the past seasons of X-files.

So, I have started watching from season 1 and along the way there has been a couple episodes that I thought would be appealing to our Bigfoot/Dogman audience. All the episodes have been great but these two I want to talk about should be appealing to our Bigfoot folks.  So here we go.

The X-file Season 1 episode 5

This episode is titled "The Jersey Devil"  and the plotline is as follows:

"Mulder and Scully track a legendary creature that has roamed the New Jersey countryside for over 40 years."

But once you watch it, it's not really the Jersey Devil as we know it. Oh, the show does touch on the origins and legend of the Jersey Devil but during the episode it not the Jersey Devil. So, what is it you ask? It is more along the lines of feral humans, or what we call wild men. Once you watch it you should be able to related it somewhat to Sasquatch. How they hide, how they may forge for food in populated areas, how fast they are and how silent they can be. Definitely worth a watch.

The X-files Season 1 Episode 19

The title to this episode is "Shapes" and it should appeal to the Dogman/Werewolf/Shapeshifter crowd. I very much enjoyed this episode.
Here is the plotline:

"A creature, possibly from Native American lore, is suspected of killing a man, bringing Mulder and Scully to the Indian reservation where the attack occurred in order to uncover its identity."

There is a couple scenes where you see this creature running and it looks very much like a Bigfoot/Dogman. Then you throw in the shapeshiting element and it become more entertaining. I still wonder if "Dogman" is just the new term we are using for "werewolf".


So, there's you two very good episodes of the X-files from season one. If you have not watched them, I suggest you do. You can find them currently on Netfilx. It's a good way to kill a couple hours.


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~Tom~

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Congolese Giant Spider

From the move The Giant Spider
While there are many cryptids I wouldn't mind chasing after, the Congolese giant spider, also just known as Giant Spider, is not one I'm interested in pursuing. Spiders in general make me squirm ...ugh.

The Congolese Giant Spider is a cryptozoological creature that is said to exist in the Congo, possibly representing a new species of arachnid. It is considered a cryptid and only in recent years has received publicity." said Robert B. Durham.

These Giant Spider are described as having a brownish body similar to that of a tarantula, with a legspan of four to six feet. I hope I never get to see one up close. The claim is that younger Giant Spiders have yellow coloring and it turns brown as it matures. I also don't want to see a young one.

While the idea of a large spider with a legspan of 6 feet may seem very far fetched, there has been a number of sightings.

Many sightings have been reported from Africa, especially in the Congo.

1938: Congo: Reginald and Margurite Lloyd were driving a Ford truck through a trail when they reportedly spotted a spider as large as a monkey. It resembled a tarantula, but had an estimated leg-span of 5 feet. Their daughter, Maurgurite Lloyd, would later relate this story in the 1990s to William Gibbons.

William Gibbons is a researcher who researched the Mokele-Mbembe , which is reported a living dinosaur, in the Congo.

1942: Papua, New Guinea: An Australian soldier at the Kokoda Trail said that he encountered a puppy-sized spider inhabiting a 10 to 15 foot sized web. It was described as being black with a bulky body, as well as hairy like a tarantula.

Now, here is a sighting that I don't like, yeah it's fine to have these killers elsewhere but not in the good ol USA. But at least it was a long time ago.


1948: Leesville, Louisiana, United States: William Slaydon and his grandchildren were walking north on Highway 171 to church when he motioned them to stop. After hearing a rustling in the bushes ahead, a spider described as the size of a washtub emerged and crossed the road. One of the grandchildren later told this story to his own son, Todd Partain, director of the documentary film "Eyes In The Dark: The Sasquatch Experience."


2001: Cameroon: Timbo, chief of the Baka tribe in Cameroon, tells William Gibbons that in November 2000 a J'ba Fofi (Giant Spider) had built a nest near their village.


2011: Amazon:  British cinematographer Richard Terry travelled to the Amazon to investigate reports of giant spiders in the June 13th episode of Man v. Monster. At a remote village, he was informed that giant spiders lived in holes deep within the jungle. These spiders measured roughly four feet in diameter.

Now, this next report is much more recent and once again in the United States. Sorry Missouri, I will not be visiting anytime soon.

2013:Missouri: A man named L. Smith spots a giant spider while he was fishing. The j'ba Fofi (Giant Spider) had grabbed his water canteen, then had crawled away very fast. L. Smith said that the incident only lasted a few seconds, and describes what he saw as a large hairy spider with long legs. He also said that it "moved like a spider catching it's prey."

That would be one spot I would never fish at again.

According to Baka natives, these spiders they call J'ba Fofi, build lairs of leaves and spin webs between two trees. They say the giant spiders prey upon birds and other small game. The Baka natives also claim the giant spider is now rare thanks to habitat destruction.

Well, that is one spider that I don't think I will ever try to find. I'll just stick to dumb spider movies where the spider dies in the end.


(source: wikipedia)   


Thanks
~Tom~

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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