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Monday, September 03, 2012


Dan Holdsworth 'solved' this mystery about six months before it happened. Check this out


1 comment:

Dan said...

Given how unobservant people can be, I wonder how many "bigfoot" sightings in the Americas at least are down to deer hunters wearing gillie suits. Hunting is something of a national obsession in parts of the US, and deer there quickly get divided into the quick, observant ones and the dead ones. This has created something of an arms-race between human predators and prey.

To this end, scent-destroying soaps, scent-masking clothing and a quite bewildering array of camouflage systems are available on the US market, together with night vision kit up to and in some cases including military-grade equipment. The camouflage ne plus ultra is the gillie suit, which is a hessian/net overall covered in bits of scrim, cloth and so on. The net effect is to make a hunter wearing one look like a big, heavyset hominid with no discernable neck and a somewhat lumbering gait.

This rather closely resembles a classic Bigfoot sighting at long range (though doesn't begin to approach the Patterson-Gimlin footage), especially regarding the furtive and elusive nature of the bigfoot.

What is rather more interesting is the fact that although deer, bears and other humans are quite often reported by users of Gen-3 night vision and thermal imagers, Bigfoot sightings with such systems are vanishingly rare to non-existent; as some of these systems have image recording built into them we ought by now to have a decent, well-shot and not hideously-jerky recording of a cryptid.