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Man Claims He Spotted Florida’s Elusive Skunk Ape
CBS Miami ^ | June 14, 2013 1:03 PM

Posted on 06/14/2013 11:10:18 AM PDT by null and void


A picture of a reported Skunk Ape taken by Mike Falconer in the Myakka River State Park in Sarasota County. He posted the pictures and video on YouTube on March 2nd, 2013. (Source: Mike Falconer/YouTube)

SARASOTA COUNTY (CBSMiami) – A Florida man has come forward with video on YouTube claiming he has spotted the rare and elusive Skunk Ape on camera.

Mike Falconer posted his video and still pictures on YouTube. He claims the video and pictures were taken March 2nd, 2013 in the Myakka River State Park in Sarasota County.

The video from his iPhone 4S is grainy and the creature is very far away but he said he and his son spotted large hairy creature and quickly began pursuing it across a large field.

He and his son can be seen in the video chasing down what they believe is a Skunk Ape — a large, stinky beast and reputed cousin of Bigfoot.

Others also stopped their cars along the road to try and get a glimpse.

This is not the first time a Skunk Ape may have been photographed in Sarasota County. In 2000, a Sarasota woman took photos of large hairy animal in her backyard taking apples from her back porch. She mailed two pictures to the Sheriff’s Department. While she thought it was an orangutan, Bigfoot enthusiasts believed it was a Skunk Ape.

The Skunk Ape is also known as the Stink Ape, the Myakka Ape, and the Myakka Skunk Ape. It is rumored to live in the Florida Everglades, as well as North Carolina and Arkansas, although reports from Florida are more common.

The smell of a Skunk Ape has been reported to be similar to rotten eggs.

According to the United States National Park Service, the Skunk Ape exists only as a local myth. Reports of the Skunk Ape were particularly common in the 1960s and 1970s.

In the fall of 1974, numerous sightings were reported in suburban neighborhoods of Miami-Dade of a foul-smelling, hairy, ape-like creature, which ran upright on two legs.


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IBTHT&MOP

Video at source.

1 posted on 06/14/2013 11:10:18 AM PDT by null and void
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To: null and void

How about blue-tongued mango voles?????


2 posted on 06/14/2013 11:12:36 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: null and void

Oh so many jokes....must resist...temptation...


3 posted on 06/14/2013 11:12:51 AM PDT by apillar
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Skunk Ape...

I think he’s been in my bathroom after my 33 year old son....


4 posted on 06/14/2013 11:14:13 AM PDT by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: null and void
Myakka is a nice spot for them. A previous encounter.


5 posted on 06/14/2013 11:16:04 AM PDT by Theoria
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Nah! That’s my freshman-year college roommate Barrett. He moved back home in Sarasota after college. Sumbitch had fur like an ape in ways I never thought were possible for a human.


6 posted on 06/14/2013 11:16:34 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Theoria

7 posted on 06/14/2013 11:16:56 AM PDT by Theoria
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To: null and void

Why, it’s so evident that this is clearly a photo of the elusive skunk ape who can deny it?........../s


8 posted on 06/14/2013 11:17:56 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (If govmt is stockpiling guns, ammo, food, & meds, don't you think it's a good idea to do the same?)
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To: null and void

Higher res would be nice.


9 posted on 06/14/2013 11:20:58 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economiws In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: rarestia

Naw, that’s old Fred. He wonders off for a few days at a time. He’s got a still down in the swamps.


10 posted on 06/14/2013 11:22:42 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: laplata

WHEW! That’s Manatee/Sarasota county shine is BRUTAL STUFF!

Good disguise though.


11 posted on 06/14/2013 11:24:15 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: OB1kNOb

I’m sure I saw one lurking in the Whitehouse garden...
it was eating skunk cabbage so...


12 posted on 06/14/2013 11:24:43 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: null and void

"I'm pretty sure that's a squatch..."

13 posted on 06/14/2013 11:25:10 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: null and void
The video from his iPhone 4S is grainy and the creature is very far away

Aren't they all?

15 posted on 06/14/2013 11:26:25 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Nervous Tick; tet68

We’ve got the MO part, next stop HT...


16 posted on 06/14/2013 11:27:00 AM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of opression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: null and void

Are we sure thats not Amelia Earhart’s Electra?


17 posted on 06/14/2013 11:27:08 AM PDT by DanielRedfoot
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19 posted on 06/14/2013 11:27:39 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Obama-Ville - Land of The Free Stuff, Home of the Enslaved)
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To: Nervous Tick

Now thats funny!!!!


20 posted on 06/14/2013 11:27:42 AM PDT by DanielRedfoot
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To: null and void
Another video here:

http://vimeo.com/17548985

22 posted on 06/14/2013 11:33:44 AM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (PRISON AT BENGHAZI?????)
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To: null and void

Helen Thomas on vacation?........


23 posted on 06/14/2013 11:33:54 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: rarestia

That shine sure makes the smell of them Skunks easier to deal with.


24 posted on 06/14/2013 11:34:22 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: Nervous Tick

LOL!


25 posted on 06/14/2013 11:34:23 AM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (PRISON AT BENGHAZI?????)
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To: null and void
In the fall of 1974, numerous sightings were reported in suburban neighborhoods of Miami-Dade of a foul-smelling, hairy, ape-like creature, which ran upright on two legs.

That was my brother-in-law........

26 posted on 06/14/2013 11:35:22 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Red Badger

Completing the set...


27 posted on 06/14/2013 11:35:23 AM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of opression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: null and void
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28 posted on 06/14/2013 11:36:00 AM PDT by ontap (ion. Would you suggest that that organization)
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To: null and void

That’s nothing,jimma Carter saw a killer rabbit.


29 posted on 06/14/2013 11:36:42 AM PDT by ohiobushman
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To: null and void

Growing up on Manhattans lower east side i can tell you that i have smelt that odor before.


30 posted on 06/14/2013 11:38:03 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: Rummyfan

31 posted on 06/14/2013 11:38:48 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Idiocracy is a documentary.)
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To: All

32 posted on 06/14/2013 11:41:54 AM PDT by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: null and void

Five’ll get you ten, it’s just his wife who got ticked off and decided to walk home.


33 posted on 06/14/2013 11:47:03 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Now playing... [ * * * Manchurian Candidate * * * ], limited engagement, 8 years...)
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To: laplata; rarestia

that isnt a disguise


34 posted on 06/14/2013 11:58:43 AM PDT by bigheadfred (barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: bigheadfred

Are you saying that’s a real Skunk Ape?


35 posted on 06/14/2013 12:01:40 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: null and void

I thought Carville was on FOX now?


36 posted on 06/14/2013 12:02:25 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: laplata

i know some guy named fred.....


37 posted on 06/14/2013 12:02:46 PM PDT by bigheadfred (barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: FlJoePa

Who farted?

38 posted on 06/14/2013 12:03:10 PM PDT by Leo Carpathian (FReeeeepeesssssed)
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To: Antoninus

ping!


39 posted on 06/14/2013 12:07:37 PM PDT by Claud
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To: Jeff Chandler

YOU ARE SUPPOSE TO WARN US B4 SHOWING MS. THOMAS.


40 posted on 06/14/2013 12:23:24 PM PDT by BarbM (Portuguese Dog--Kenyan president)
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To: bigheadfred

LOL


41 posted on 06/14/2013 12:25:10 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it. Their minds have been stolen.)
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To: null and void
The video from his iPhone 4S is grainy and the creature is very far away...

That's a shock.

42 posted on 06/14/2013 12:26:17 PM PDT by Labyrinthos
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YOU ARE SUPPOSE TO WARN US B4 SHOWING MS. THOMAS.

Just what part of "skunk ape" do you not understand?

43 posted on 06/14/2013 1:01:36 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Idiocracy is a documentary.)
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****Reports of the Skunk Ape were particularly common in the 1960s and 1970s.***

They were all shot out, stuffed in chest freezers filled with water, and made the rounds of carnival sideshows.

Then there are people who, at night, have heard the Milermore bird calls in Louisiana.


44 posted on 06/14/2013 1:17:20 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

Everyone can laugh and mock if they want but I have definite proof that they exist. I will make it public any day now...just wait and see...


45 posted on 06/14/2013 1:31:03 PM PDT by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: null and void

Maybe it is one of those apes that escaped during the filming of the first TARZAN movies.


46 posted on 06/14/2013 1:35:03 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Puppage; null and void

I’ve camped there. The field borders the road and the campground. The vegetation is so dense one can barely walk through it.

It is a very very large field.

Unfortunately, I didn’t see the skunk ape.


47 posted on 06/14/2013 1:42:05 PM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Who will shoot Liberty Valence?)
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To: bert

Perhaps one saw you...


48 posted on 06/14/2013 1:46:24 PM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of opression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: Russ

Now that’s news! I thought nobama and family went to africa.


49 posted on 06/14/2013 1:50:42 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: null and void
The black sheep member of the Duck Dynasty clan?

The video and photos are worthless, don't waste your time. The video did show a woman with telephoto lens. Let's see her photos.

50 posted on 06/14/2013 2:18:23 PM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (.Are they stupid, malicious or evil?)
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