A Florida man says he captured proof of Bigfoot’s existence while canoeing in a swamp near Tampa, but despite the strange footage, many continue to express their doubt that the creature actually exists.
Reports say that Matthew McKamey was canoeing with a friend in Lettuce Lake Park when they suddenly heard a noise. When the two saw some movement in the nearby trees, McKamey decided to take out his camera phone and start filming. At that moment, the creature they saw made them believe that Bigfoot actually does exist.
“Initially, it was exciting and it was like, ‘Oh, is that a bear? That’s pretty cool,’” McKamey told The Huffington Post. “When we moved up closer, it started to look less and less like a bear. That’s the point where I decided to start filming. In that moment, I was looking at it and getting a little freaked out, especially once it started really moving.”
“You could tell he was slapping the water and it looked like maybe he was grabbing something,” McKamey continued. “At the time, I was just thinking, 'Holy s**t, what the hell is this?' By the time it walked off, my buddy was just like, 'Let's go! Let's go now!'”
McKamey says his friend refuses to talk about the incident because he was so shaken by it, but the 28-year-old decided that he needed to put the video out there for others to see. McKamey sent it to both The Huffington Post and a website called Bigfoot Evidence.
“There are many inside the paranormal community who are frankly tired of the senseless hoaxing going on, primarily because hoaxing tends to cause validation for the cynics and skeptics,” 60-year-old Phil Poling, a former Oregon police officer and Bigfoot investigator who was given the footage by Bigfoot Evidence. “By investigating claims and looking for rational options, we hope to educate people in the community as to how to recognize the signs of hoaxing -- what I like to call the red flags.
“The mannerisms of the subject appear to be very apelike in its behavior -- [the way] it dips its hand down into the water and brings it up. We don't know if it's drinking or washing. Its movements seem rather fluid,” Poling continued. “Some people who have seen the video have remarked that it looked like it may have had a tail, and others have mentioned that it could be a snake it was holding. But it's hard to tell, mainly because it's dark, afternoon lighting and we're looking almost directly into the sun, with a lot of lens flare or glare going on. As it leaves, it doesn't seem to be upset or angry or anything. It doesn't run away, it just casually walks away, and this is something that many people who have encountered Bigfoot reported seeing -- that the subject would see them and then simply just wander off.”
Poling decided to enhance the original video to see if it helped bring more clarity to what was being shown, and as he explains, the stabilization and enhancement made it easier for him to see smaller details.
“I stabilized the original to make sure it was as steady as I could get it. After that, I could get close in without having the image go completely off the screen. Then I enhanced the imaging so I could get as much light onto the subject as possible,” Poling explained. “You could see the mannerisms of the subject more clearly, and you could see what looked like hair coming off the creature, the way it moved through the water, the way its legs bent. Also, when you heard what sounded like the paddle hitting the side of the canoe, you could actually see a reaction -- its head moved up quickly as if there was some recognition there.”
So does McKamey’s footage provide proof of Bigfoot? The answer isn’t clear, but McKamey says he knew that the mysterious creature was aware of their presence.
“I don't know if it was coincidence that it started moving because of the noise, but it seemed to know that we were there,” McKamey explained. “Where the video cut off is basically where I stopped taping. We wanted to leave and I couldn't do both video and row.”
Do you think this footage is proof of Bigfoot’s existence?