New Show About Bigfoot
If you're a regular reader of this blog, you know that one of the topics I write about under the broad banner of "animal oddities" is cryptozoology. Cryptozoology is the study of creatures unrecognized by mainstream science, whether they be totally undiscovered species, species known only through legend, or species that are officially listed as extinct but continue to be sighted.
For me, cryptozoology is fun and fascinating. While in my opinion most of cryptid sightings are probably misinterpretation or misidentification of known species and simply a reflection of the fact that most people are pretty uneducated when it comes to wildlife, it's fun to imagine a world populated with strange and unknown creatures. And I must admit that there are a small number of sightings that seem credible and can't be otherwise explained by science. As a naturalist I find the possiblity, however slim, that some of these creatures could be real exciting to think about.
Perhaps the most famous cryptid species of all time is the sasquatch, otherwise known as Bigfoot. Sightings of this creature in North America go back centuries, but it began its path to stardom back in 1967 when footage of an unknown, upright, hairy creature was captured in California. Today there are dozens of organizations, blogs, podcasts and Facebook pages dedicated to this animal (or is it a different species of human?).
And I'm happy to report that there is a new Animal Planet series that recently premiered dedicated to understanding and perhaps discovering this ultimate cryptid. The show is appropriately titled Finding Bigfoot. If you're remotely interested in cryptozoology, you should definitely check it out.
Here are some teaser clips from the show, which airs Sundays at 10pm.