INVESTIGATION 041601
SKUNK APE

Myakka_skunk_ape_1

STATUS:
OPEN/UNSOLVED




LOCATIONS
SARASOTA, FLORIDA, MYAKKA RIVER (FLORIDA), DATE COUNTY FLORIDA.
Other sightings have been reported to a lesser extent in NORTH CAROLINA and ARKANSAS.
NOTE: Other locations may be added as new evidence is provided by users.

INVESTIGATION

In the 1960s and 1970s were host to numerous sightings of a ape like creature (dubbed SKUNK APE) in the states of  North Carolina, Arkansas and Florida, with the majority of sightings (see LOCATIONS above).  In the fall of 1974 there was an unexplained influx of sightings of the “Skunk Ape” in Date County, Florida.
Numerous reports of a large creature that resembled a large ape and walked on two legs. The hairy creature was accompanied by a foul smell, giving it one of its more famous names: skunk ape. To this day reports are still coming in of this creature.

2000 MYAKKA PHOTOGRAPH
(photo 041601-P01 below)

In 20000 an anonymous woman in Sarasota Florida captured what she believed to be an escaped orangutan or ape in her neighborhood.  The woman mailed the photos to the Sarasota Sheriff’s Department. She stated in a letter that accompanied the photos, the creature had visited her backyard on three separate occasions to steal apples left on her back porch. She also reported that this would only happen at night. The woman allegedly surprised the creature to take two photos.
Sarasota Sheriffs department sent the photos to be annualized. After annualizing the two photos through the Eckerd Photo lab, they believe the photos were physically taken near the MYAKKA RIVER in Sarasota Florida.

GOVERNMENT RESPONSE UNITED STATES PARK SERVACESSES

The US park services states that the skink ape does not exist. There was nothing stated about the evidence, witness accounts or the photographic evidence.

STATE REPISITITVE PAULE NUCKOLLS OF FORT MYERS

In fear of the “skunk ape” being captured do the amount of sightings in 1977 (everyone figured it was just a matter of time) state representative Paul Nuckolls introduced bill HB 1664 known as the skunk ape bill. It would essentially make it a misdemeanor to “take possess, harm or molest anthropoid or humanoid animals”. The bill make it through committee but it was withdrawn before the house could make an official vote.
Rep. Nuckolls tried again to pass a similar bill the following year. It also got shot down before a vote could be taken.

OTHER NAMES THE SKUNK APE IS KNOWN BY (AKA)

SWAMP APE
FLORIDA SKUNK APE
MYAKKA SKUNK APE
MYAKKA APE
FLORIDA BIG FOOT
STINK APE
SPECULATIONS

1) Some think this is an ape or Orangutan that has escaped from a private zoo of some sort. Ether someone who is very wealthy or a possible drug lord. If this is the case it makes sense that no one would report the escape, fearing that some gov. agency would find out about the illegally kept animal. If the person who has the ape is for some reason goes to jail for an unrelated reason or even worse is killed. The ape/orangutan would defiantly try to escape, especially if the regular food supplies all the sudden stops.
2) This is truly a new species of animal undiscovered until recent.
3) This is a mass hoax orchestrated by several different people or groups of people over the years. Individuals trying to make their own secret mark. A secret badge of honor in there would.

ADDITIONAL NOTES

My son noticed in the 200 MYAKA SKUNK APE photos, that the creature appears to be smiling. In the animal kingdom this is a sign of aggression. If the photo is legitimate, this will makes sense. Do to the witness allegedly surprising the creature when she took the photo.

PURPOSE OF INVESTIGATION

To prove or disprove the existence of the skunk ape. If proven to exist what is it and or what is its origins.

PHOTOS

Myakka skunkape

photo 041601-P01
A photo of the Myakka Skunkape

skunk ape Myakka river state park

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Location of the myakka river state park (graphics by jason marzek)

 


1 Comment

Tracy Glastrong · November 3, 2017 at 1:02 am

Very impressive blog.

Interesting article right on the subject.

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