May 23, 2014 I Micah Hanks

Is THIS Bigfoot, or Are We Still Waiting for “The Money Shot?”

In a seemingly endless string of videos peppering sites like YouTube that claim to show proof of legendary beasts like Bigfoot, the latest comes to us courtesy of Amazing Mystery Videos... but what does it really show?

The setup for the video below is pretty elementary so far as supposed Sasquatch videos go: the cameraman appears to be pretending his handycam is a Google Glass headset as he peers around at the world through the camera's lens, when he suddenly captures something moving out of the corner of his eye.

Suddenly, a dark-colored muscular figure darts off into the forest ahead, at which time the videographer is heard dramatically calling back to his unseen companions that they "get inside." He then pursues the mystery monster into the forest, but our money shot doesn't come until about 1:10, where just after running, the beast begins to stroll around the woodlands like he's looking for a lost pot o' lucky charms, granting us several seconds of questionable Sasquatch footage goodness.

But don't take our word for it... take a look at the video yourself, and see what you think:

So is it real? Probably not... and while better, more legitimate videos have appeared online recently, they still don't seem to offer much more convincing evidence for the existence of the great hairy one. One notable example, however, was the footage included below, where a group of hikers managed to capture footage of a large, bipedal figure trudging through deep snow in a valley located near Tricouni Peak, British Columbia.

The setup and circumstances for this video seem more well-intended, though the distance between the hikers and the object they were filming leaves much to the imagination. However, among possible chance-encounters with Bigfoot that have been captured on film, perhaps one of the most compelling is this classic footage of a large, dark bipedal creature crossing the road in front of police officers who managed to capture the creature on the patrol car's dash camera. Noticeably excited by the incident, the officers turn around, and quickly return to the area where the bipedal creature entered the forest by the roadside, with one officer attempting to locate the person or animal that had been witnessed.

A skeptical position might hold that the figure seen here, if moving and behaving similar to a human, is purely that: a human moving stealthily across the road by cover of night (which, in the case of the law enforcement officers who filmed the being, still might have presented cause for concern). However, the reaction to the appearance of the figure seems to warrant something more compelling (and even unsettling) that they observed at the time than merely a jogger or another person dashing into the forest in front of their patrol car.

In most every case, the actual information conveyed in videos like these appearing online is lacking, though the merit of the circumstances from time to time hints at the plausible. However, that circumstantial evidence of the unknown, while compelling, still leaves us searching for answers... indeed, that "money shot" will have to be much better than what most of us are used to seeing if it's going win over any skeptics in the great debate over Bigfoot's existence.

Micah Hanks
Micah Hanks is a writer, podcaster, and researcher whose interests cover a variety of subjects. His areas of focus include history, science, philosophy, current events, cultural studies, technology, unexplained phenomena, and ways the future of humankind may be influenced by science and innovation in the coming decades. In addition to writing, Micah hosts the Middle Theory and Gralien Report podcasts.

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