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Skunk Ape
The first of the two Myakka Skunk Ape
photographs taken in 2000
Creature
Name: Skunk Ape
Classification
Grouping: cryptid
Sub grouping: hominid
Data
Country: America
Region: Southeastern States
Habitat: Everglades
Status: Unconfirmed

The Skunk Ape or Florida Skunk Ape is a hominid cryptid said to inhabit the Southeastern United States.[1] It is named for its appearance and for the unpleasant odor that is said to accompany it. Image File history File links Myakka_skunk_ape_1. ... Cryptids are creatures presumed extinct or hypothetical species of creature known from anecdotal evidence and/or other evidence insufficient to prove their existence with scientific certainty, or just sightings from people on what they creature they saw. ... A hominid is any member of the biological family Hominidae (the great apes), including the extinct and extant humans, chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... Regional definitions vary from source to source. ... Map of the Everglades ecoregion as delineated by the WWF. Satellite image from NASA. The yellow line encloses two ecoregions, the Everglades and the South Florida rocklands. The South Florida rocklands ecoregion includes the Florida Keys and offshore islands and two patches within the Everglades. ... A hominid is any member of the biological family Hominidae (the great apes), including the extinct and extant humans, chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans. ... Cryptids are creatures presumed extinct or hypothetical species of creature known from anecdotal evidence and/or other evidence insufficient to prove their existence with scientific certainty, or just sightings from people on what they creature they saw. ... Regional definitions vary from source to source. ...


According to the U.S. National Park Service, the skunk ape exists only as a local myth. [2] The National Park Service (NPS) is the United States federal agency that manages all National Parks, many National Monuments, and other conservation and historical properties with various title designations. ...

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Description

The Skunk Ape is said to be 7 feet tall with red hair, similar in appearance to an orangutan or gorilla, and to reside in or around the Florida Everglades.[2] Type species Simia pygmaeus Linnaeus, 1760 Orangutan distribution Species Pongo pygmaeus Pongo abelii The orangutans are two species of great apes known for their intelligence and their long arms and reddish-brown hair. ... Type species Troglodytes gorilla Savage, 1847 distribution of Gorilla Species Gorilla gorilla Gorilla beringei The gorilla, the largest of the living primates, is a ground-dwelling omnivore that inhabits the forests of Africa. ... Map of the Everglades ecoregion as delineated by the WWF. Satellite image from NASA. The yellow line encloses two ecoregions, the Everglades and the South Florida rocklands. The South Florida rocklands ecoregion includes the Florida Keys and offshore islands and two patches within the Everglades. ...


Myakka photographs

In 2000, two photographs of an ape like creature, said to be the Skunk Ape, were taken anonymously and mailed to the Sarasota Sheriff's Department in Florida. They were accompanied by a letter from a woman claiming to have photographed the creature in the palmettos at the edge of her backyard. The elderly photographer and her husband reported that for three nights the creature had entered her yard to take apples from a bushel basket on her porch. She was convinced it was an escaped orangutan. The pictures have become known as the "Myakka skunk ape photos".[3] Sarasota is a city located in Sarasota County, Florida. ... Look up Sheriff in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ...


Further reading

  • Newton, Michael. (2005). "Skunk Ape". Encyclopedia of Cryptozoology: A Global Guide. McFarland & Company, Inc.. ISBN 0-7864-2036-7. 
  • Bigfoot!: The True Story of Apes in America (NY: Paraview Pocket-Simon and Schuster, 2003, ISBN 0-7434-6975-5), which contains primary historical material on Napes, Skunk Apes, and the Myakka photographs.

References

  1. ^ Lennon, Vince. "Is a Skunk Ape Loose in Campbell County?", WATE 6 News, WorldNow, 2003-10-22. Retrieved on 2006-12-23. 
  2. ^ a b "The abominable swampman", BBC News, 1998-03-06. Retrieved on 2006-12-23. 
  3. ^ Newton, Michael. (2005). "Skunk Ape". Encyclopedia of Cryptozoology: A Global Guide: 430-431. McFarland & Company, Inc.. ISBN 0-7864-2036-7. 

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