Showing posts with label smell. Show all posts
Showing posts with label smell. Show all posts

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Scent Of A Sasquatch

why do some bigfoot stink
why do some bigfoot stink?

By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher
Professional Writer, a nature and wildlife enthusiast who has written for many magazines.

The Scent Of A Sasquatch
What’s That Smell All About?
By TCC Team Member  Dorraine Fisher


            With the now thousands of bigfoot sighting reports around North America, we can start to see patterns, and also differences in the types of reports in what people see, hear… and also smell.

So what’s that awful smell all about? And why doesn’t everyone who’s had a sighting report an odor when they have their encounter? Some report a smell, and some don’t. Great apes are known to emit an odor when they’re excited or feel threatened. Do sasquatches fall into that category? Is that all there is to it?  There are many and various thoughts on the matter, and each makes sense in its own right. But what’s the real answer? I asked a few experts in the community to try and shed some light on the subject. Like zoologist, Dale Drinnon.

“People do it too. I’ve noticed my body puts out a perfumy smell when I’m around a

woman I like, and a much more sour smell if I feel threatened. It’s more exaggerated in

 apes though.”

            “What exactly causes it?” I asked.

            “It comes out in the sweat and it’s produced by glands in the skin,” he explained. “A lot

of what people smell [during an encounter with sasquatch] is actually due to feces clinging to the

body hair. That can be fairly fresh or old and stale depending on how long it’s been there.”

“But the curious thing is that many report an almost skunk-like odor,” I said.

“That's sulfurous fumes and they can come from the large intestine,” he answered. 

“The smell resembles a wet animal with a skunky type of odor, but most folks describe it much worse,” says Crypto Crew researcher, Bobby Long. “My garbage cans outside are much worse.”  Bobby lives and tracks sasquatches in Oregon, a drier, more mountainous state, which brings me to the next theory.

Leon Drew, a bigfoot researcher from Colorado believes it may be a regional thing.

“I think the odor has to do with humidity and temperature.  My encounter had no odor at 30 feet of distance. I theorize that the Sasquatch odor is tied to sweat and perceived danger. I feel in the dry mountain areas the odor is less than, say, Washington State and the Swamp Ape in the Southeast,” he told me.

“Have you ever smelled one during your research?”

“I think I smelled one earlier this year when we were scouting for camping area. It was a skunk-musk-like smell and it moved as we moved.”

And these theories explain it to some degree, but other interviewees suggested that maybe a sasquatch can create this smell at will. There are many animals that have the ability to do this and why should a sasquatch not also have this skill? Certain snakes like copperheads and pythons do it. Foxes, hyenas, and wolverines also. Some use it as a defense mechanism, like stinkbugs and skunks, while others seem to just emit an odor when they’re agitated or stressed.

But there was still a curious element left here to ponder. How do we explain the skunk-like element to the smell? Is that significant? Or just some kind of coincidence?  

This brings me to the last theory and the most interesting one I’ve heard posed yet that came from JC Johnson, a cryptid investigator with the organization, Crypto Four Corners, in the Four Corners Region of New Mexico. And he has the video footage to back up his idea.

            “It’s just my observations,” he said when he attempted to explain why he’s come to these conclusions.  The video chronicles an investigation in which a supposed sasquatch extracted a skunk from a drain pipe. In what seemed to be quite a desperate attempt, the creature punched a hole in what appeared to be a fiberglass or plastic drain pipe to extract the animal from its hiding place. The body of a skunk had been found nearby earlier that day with only the scent sack removed, which prompted the investigation of this local resident farm. JC gleaned from the information collected on that investigation, and from others, that sasquatches may harvest skunk scent glands in order to mask the smell of their young, and deter any predators.

That would certainly do it. Everyone knows that a skunk killed on the road is rarely eaten by anything, including the crows and buzzards. And humans and other animals usually just try to get away from it. So why would a sasquatch want to kill one and work so hard to get the job done?

 “We have reason to believe that jaguars are back in this area again and may be threatening the young of the local wildlife population,” JC explained.

This event took place in a semi-rural area where human presence is prevalent and they believe jaguars are now prowling. When new animals migrate and introduce themselves to a new area, it always creates new problems for the wildlife that’s already there. In this case, sasquatches.

So if we put all the pieces together, it all makes sense. There could be many factors that determine the smell in so many sightings reports.  Maybe it’s one of them; maybe it’s all of them. But JC also added that if you suspect sasquatch activity in your area and there are large predators there also, you might add checking the local skunk population to your research agenda. And maybe we can all help put the pieces together in this.

But watch the video and see what you think. *******DF

[Special Thanks to: Bobby Long, Leon Drew, Jc Johnson, Dale Drinnon for contributing to the article]

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Bigfoot In Lee, New Hampshire

Lee Hook Rd. in Lee,NH 
[This report was submitted to TCC Team Member Jason Morse]

Cody Archambeault recounts what he saw that day.

"I was hunting with my dad about 5 years ago (when i was 14). It was around the end of October when it starting to get fairly cold at night. We were on Lee Hook Road in Lee, N.H.. By the University of New Hampshire dairy farm.
I was sitting against a stone wall when I heard something moving in the woods behind me. It was probably about 4:45 in the afternoon and the sun was starting to set. And I had turned around to look to see if it was a deer. And there it stood.
It was approx. 6'6 to 7 feet in height. Probably weighed around 300 pounds. And it was more of a darker brown color. I'm pretty sure it never saw me because I couldn't believe what I was seeing and I was frozen solid. It had a really bad musty kind of smell when it walked by me.
It was also only about 50 to 75 yards in front of me. It was making these kind of low toned grunts as it walked. And was looking around as if it knew (that I or something was there, or different than what it was used to). I watched it for probably about 10 to 20 minutes. It had walked from in the woods, to out and across the field i was sitting on the edge of. And I had told my dad what I had saw. And he told me I must have been just imagining things cause there aren't any of those around here.
But then I had showed him where it had walked and there were footprints for probably about a half of a mile that we followed. But then it got dark and he didn't want to find out what I really did see that day.

TCC -  Great sighting. Also I think in the picture above is the exact location, I think the dairy farm is the set of building just off center to the left towards the top of  the picture. Thanks to Cody for sharing his encounter.
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