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Saturday, August 26, 2017

"Bigfoot? Nope not seen him today."
A little while back I was reading about sea otters. I found the information rather interesting, as I didn't know much about these critters. But I guess at this point you are probably wondering how I connect this to bigfoot, right?

Well, I'm not really connecting them to bigfoot but there is an interesting feature sea otter's have that may or may not apply to bigfoot. This feature, or something similar, could answer a question we sometimes get about bigfoot.

That question is "How does bigfoot survive in harsh winters?"
There may be several potential answers to this question, or some kind of combination of answers.

With that said, let's explore some information about Sea Otters.

Many mammals that live in cold waters have a thick layer of blubber under their skin to stay warm. The sea otter does not have this layer and relies on something else to stay warm.

The fur of a sea otter is denser than any other mammal. It has some one million hairs per square inch. When the sea otter swims its coat traps a layer of air next to its body. This air acts as an insulator and prevents the cold water from contacting the animal's skin and robbing its body heat.

The otter's fur has caught the attention of scientists. The scientists have experimented with a large number of artificial fur coats. They used varying factors like hair length and spacing. They concluded that the more dense and longer the hairs are the dryer or more water repellent the otter is. This is very efficient and needful for the otter to survive the cold water. The hope of these experiments is the development of some type of suit for people who may have to dive in cold waters. Some type of hairy wet suit type of thing, is a good guess.

Now, we know that bigfoot does not live or spend large amounts of time in the water. But could bigfoot have some type of similar system to stay warn in extreme cold. I have often wondered if  bigfoot's hair gets thicker in the winter. We know that many other animals have this ability, why not bigfoot?

In fact, we know almost all mammals have three distinctive kinds of  hair. For this post I want to mostly talk about Guard Hairs and Awn hairs. Guard hairs are the long coarse outer hair in many animals that forms a protective layer over softer underfur. Guard hairs repelling water and block sunlight. This protects the undercoat and skin from external factors such as rain and sunburn. When a cat humps up and makes its hair stand up, these are the guard hairs.

Awn hairs are the intermediate hairs in a mammal's coat. They are shorter than the guard hairs and longer than the down hairs. They help with insulation and protect the down hairs underneath. Most of the visible coat is made of this kind of hair.

So, you can see how the guard hair and awn hair work together to help keep a creature dry and warn.
I'm sure we would all agree that bigfoot is a mammal with hair. It is also possible that bigfoot has guard hairs.

Even if bigfoot experiences hair thickness in winter time, I doubt it would ever reach the density of a sea otter. So, I would assume it is a combination of things that helps keep bigfoot alive in very harsh winter conditions. The number one thing would have to be shelter and I would think a cave would work fine. But if a bigfoot was going to eat and live through a long winter, it would have to venture out for food. So, it must have some type of hair system to help withstand the elements.

In the end, we just don't have the clear cut answer to this question and many others concerning bigfoot. We just have to keep researching, listening and putting the pieces together.


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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