FAIRBANKS — Bigfoot. Nessie. Spectral phantasms floating the Yukon Flats. Scoff if you will, but as Fox Mulder noted, “The truth is out there.”That’s kind of the approach Mike Esordi takes when researching myths, monsters and creatures from the cryptozoological world — he doesn’t know if they exist, but for Esordi and his team of researchers, it’s a whole lot of fun to explore and try to find out.
Esordi and his team of three researchers will be in Fairbanks on Sept. 4 presenting their findings on and querying the public about those things that go bump in the night, be they bigfoot, UFOs, sea creatures and even monster-type myths native to Bush Alaska.
“Research is just one thing we do,” Esordi said. “We’re also adventurers and crypto adventurers. We do a little bit of everything. We cover five major categories: the paranormal, cryptozoology, extraterrestrial, folklore and monsters. We throw folklore and monsters in there to cover anything out of the ordinary.”
Esordi and his team arrives in Anchorage today from Connecticut, where they will dive right in to all of the bizarre that Alaska has to offer. Plans include visiting the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage to connect with Native storytellers to check out stories of Native legends of sea creatures and sasquatches roaming the Alaska wilds. From there, the group will travel across the state in an RV and visit Denali, Fairbanks, Valdez and several Bush villages all in search of the things that may or may not exist.