The Skunk Ape is a hominid creature said to inhabit the swamps of the Florida Everglades. There have also been reported encounters in North Carolina and Arkansas, though the Florida sightings are far more common. It is also commonly referred to as "Swamp Ape", "Stink Ape", "The Myakka Ape, and "The Myakka Skunk Ape". It acquired its name from its ape-like appearance and the generally unpleasant odor that is said to accompany it. The United States National Park Service has claimed it only exists as a local myth. Sightings of the elusive creature were especially common in the 1960's and 70's, including Dade County, Florida reports of it roaming the neighborhoods.
In 2000 two photographs were taken by an anonymous woman and mailed to the Sarasota County, Florida Sheriff's Department. The woman included a letter stating that the pictures were taken in her backyard, and that the creature had taken apples from her back porch on three different nights. While she firmly believed the animal was an escaped orangutan, bigfoot enthusiasts now refer to these as the "Skunk Ape Photos".
Well-known cryptozoologist Loren Coleman helped to track down the photos to "an Eckerd photo lab at the intersection of Fruitville and Tuttle Roads in Sarasota, Florida.
Chester Moore Jr. has said the photos were taken near the Myakka River in Sarasota County.
Relationship to Bigfoot
It is common theory in the bigfoot society that the skunk ape is somewhat of a cousin of the more well-known bigfoot species. The two species are quite similar in appearance, both sharing physical traits with humans and other ape species, like chimpanzees and gorillas. Both bigfoots and skunk apes have been known to have these in common:
- Walks on hind legs in an upright posture.
- Covered in hair or fur.
- Has arms that are proportionally longer than a humans, compared to the legs.
- Walks slouched with knees bent, sometimes with arms swinging.
- Has been sighted by humans for a long time.