Leave it to Faux (oops, I mean FOX) News to be the first to get on the cryptozoological bandwagon. According to the media outlet the body of Bigfoot has been revealed and is awaiting a battery of tests to confirm it’s authenticity. It looks like a hoax to me, but here’s the credulous “news” coverage;
That’s right; the body is said to have come from Georgia, not any of the Pacific Northwest haunts normally associated with the legend. (The American south has their own tradition of Bigfoot tales, although Sasquatch is usually called the “Skunk Ape” there.) You can make a decent model anywhere, though, so I wouldn’t start trumpeting the authenticity of this thing until some reputable scientists get a chance to look at it, at the earliest.
What’s more interesting, I think, is that a Texas deputy has recorded footage of a weird coyote-like creature (maybe a coyote-domestic dog hybrid). News reports are heralding it as a good candidate for the legendary Chupacabra but aside from the pop mythology the canid does look pretty strange;
As a child I used to be interested in tales of lake monsters, giant sharks, and dinosaurs stomping around in the Congo, but actual zoology is far more interesting than any folk legend about elusive North American apes or scaly south-of-the-border blood-suckers. A quick search of news stories for new species announced in the past few weeks turns up dozens of unknown sponges, new lizards and snakes from Vietnam, a somewhat cryptic species of giant manta, Stephen Colbert’s spider, a parasitic vampire catfish, various unknown creatures from the rainforest, a predatory bagworm, the world’s smallest known species of snake, and 21 new species of livebearing fish. They might seem boring to some but there are probably more species out there that have not yet been discovered or described than we have found so far. The “classic” objects of cryptozoological pursuits are not among them, but I think the natural world as it exists is much more fascinating than anything we could imagine ourselves.