Too good to be true or not enough research?

As if anybody truly had to become a super detective to figure out the motive and or reality behind the latest claim of a bigfoot creature actually being found. I’m referring to the one reported to have been found dead in Georgia by two bigfoot hunters/researchers. Again, I approach any cryptid, paranormal, UFO etc., story with scepticism. Not just blindly beleiving everything reported…even with pictures! As I had suspected with this story, that the actual remains needed and requested by the media to show the world of this discovery, couldn’t be produced. The supporting story is below, as well as the picture of this supposed bigfoot beasts remains. And as if that wasn’t enough, these two individuals made remarks about developing a business out of this “bigfoot discovery”. I may be wrong in saying this, but doesn’t that remark smell of greed and exploitation for personal gains?

Judge for yourself by reading the story below and be sure to study the picture of this bigfoot and keep in mind what I had suggested in an earlier post about the quality of prop effects used for movies and the like. Now, on with the supporting story & picture…

Story and more pictures can be found at wired.com.

Bigfoot remains or a very good costume?
Bigfoot remains or a very good costume?

PALO ALTO, California — Georgia residents Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer say they’ve found Bigfoot — and not only that, they say they have his body. They just didn’t happen to have the creature’s corpse with them for their press conference Friday.

At the well-attended gathering, Dyer and Whitton, together with professional Bigfoot hunter Tom Biscardi, answered questions, handed out unconvincing photos and talked about their alleged find.

“We were not Bigfoot hunters originally,” said Whitton, who claims he and Dyer found the lifeless body of a large, hairy, bipedal animal while camping in the woods of northern Georgia. “But now we are some of the best Bigfoot hunters in the world.”

According to Whitton, there were several other living animals that resembled the body they found near the discovery site. The creatures were about 50 feet from Whitton and Dyer, who recorded video of the supposed Bigfeet.

Bigfoot_remainsWhitton and Dyer said they put the body in a large freezer shortly after removing it from the woods in early June. (The photo at right, provided by the team, allegedly shows the Bigfoot body in that freezer.) Later, they teamed up with Biscardi, who has made a name for himself over the past several years as a Bigfoot hunter whose claims of having found the furry giants haven’t always panned out.

The trio now say the body is in Biscardi’s possession in an “undisclosed location,” pending scientific tests. Biscardi named two scientists he’s contacted regarding his find: Curt Nelson of the University of Minnesota, and Richard Klein, a paleontologist at Stanford University.

“There’s also an Igor and a Dmitri coming from Russia,” Biscardi said. “They’re very prominent in the Bigfoot world.”

According to the team, the Bigfoot creature is 7-feet 7-inches tall, weighs over 500 pounds and has feet that are over 16 inches long, or about size 24. By comparison, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps is 6 feet 4 inches tall, weighs 165 pounds and has size 14 feet. Phelps is also nearly hairless, while Bigfoot appears to be covered in fur.

The press conference was extremely well-attended, with more than two dozen video cameras at the hotel where the event was held and satellite uplink vans outside. But for all the attention, the press conference — much like a similar event earlier this year in Denver, in which a man revealed video of an alleged space alien — raised more questions than it answered.

One thing we do know: Whitton, Dyer and Biscardi have formed a business venture to profit from their newfound notoriety (although they provided no details on how they plan to transform their discovery into a business).

When asked how much money they hoped to make, Biscardi answered, “As much as we can.”

Whitton and Biscardi answered questions for nearly an hour Friday and were joined late in the session by Dyer. At the conclusion of the conference, Biscardi handed out a photo that he said showed the creature’s mouth and tongue, plus a blurry image of a walking Wookiee/Bigfoot-type creature (see below for these photos, plus other pictures from the press conference).

Biscardi said DNA tests had been done, and handed out a printout Friday describing the results. They appear to show one sample matching human DNA, another matching opossum DNA and a third test that proved inconclusive.

The three men presented no video or additional evidence to support their rather extraordinary claims.

Their announcement is also odd, considering that Whitton and Dyer posted a YouTube video where they appear to make light of their discovery. The eight-minute video features Whitton, who is wearing a splint and holding a teddy bear, cracking jokes and complaining about the pair’s detractors.

Casting further doubt on the pair’s announcement is analysis by several bloggers showing that their photograph bears an uncanny resemblance to a commercially available Bigfoot costume. The Bigfoot Field Researchers Association says that the men’s apparent discovery is a hoax.

The men have offered three different stories about their find, according to an Associated Press story:

  • In early videos, the animal was shot by a former felon, and the men followed it into the woods.
  • In a second version, they found a “family of Bigfoot” in North Georgia mountains.
  • In the third, the two were hiking and stumbled upon the corpse with open wounds.

The pair’s press release, issued earlier in the week, has already generated a fair amount of buzz on blogs, science fiction sites and even in the mainstream media. That buzz is sure to continue, given the attendance at Friday’s press conference and the paucity of evidence one way or another.

Hmm, I really hate to make a comment like this, but this whole bigfoot story reeks of deception and personal gain ideas. The following below seems to fit this whole deal quite well…

“There’s a sucker born every minute” is a phrase often credited to P.T. Barnum (1810 – 1891), an American showman. It is generally taken to mean that there are (and always will be) a lot of gullible people in the world.

-Mike G

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