If you’re looking for something to do in Florida that’s cheaper and has shorter lines than Disney World, you might want to head to Alderman’s Ford park in Plant City where yet another Skunk Ape was spotted and recorded on video. This is the third sighting with a recording or a photograph in two years. Is something driving the Skunk Apes out of the Florida swamps?

The latest video is dated June 5, 2015, and was allegedly taken at the Alderman’s Ford Regional Park (admission $2 – much less than Disney World) on County Road 39 in Hillsborough County. The Alafia River runs through the park and is popular for canoeing (very short lines).


Mitch W. Davis posted the video of a Skunk Ape walking in front of the trees before taking cover among them. He doesn’t say anything about finding tracks or smelling the telltale Skunk Ape odor of wet swamp-soaked fur. The Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Parks Department did not have any other Skunk Ape or Bigfoot reports in any of the county’s parks.

However, there have been Skunk Ape and Bigfoot reports recently in the area. This video was taken in January 2015 at Lettuce Lake Park in Tampa, just 20 miles from Plant City and also in Hillsborough County. It shows a Skunk Ape moving very quickly through the swamp.


This video was taken in 2013 in the Myakka River State Park in Sarasota County, about 80 miles from Plant City. The Myakka River has had other Skunk Ape sightings, which is why they’re sometimes called Myakka Apes.


What’s causing the increase in Skunk Ape sightings in Florida? Is the heat driving them out of the steamy swamplands to cooler areas? Are the rivers driving up and forcing them to look elsewhere for water? Are they tired of all of the tourists avoiding Disney World and spending their vacations in Skunk Ape Land instead?

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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