The greatest lament of those who want to believe in UFOs, Bigfoot, living dinosaurs, ghosts and other paranormal phenomena is the poor quality of photographs and videos … especially those advertised as “the best ever” or “positive proof.” While ‘blurry’ doesn’t mean fake, clear doesn’t mean real either. Two recent paranormal recording – one of what look like baby dinosaurs and the other of an alleged Sasquatch in Iowa – have been making the rounds recently, and even some wannabes have been able to debunk them. Take a look for yourself, then find out how they did it … you’ll be better prepared when the next ones make the rounds.
“A Iowa man is happy to be safe at home after a scary incident near the Shell Rock River in Shell Rock, Iowa. Barry Brown spotted a Bigfoot in the woods on the water’s edge, and took these amazing photographs of the beast. “At first I thought it was a black bear, but once I got a better look at it I realized it was definitely a Sasquatch.””
Definitely? That Facebook post included photos (see them here) of the alleged Sasquatch and they’re the usual hazy, far away shots of something fur-covered and tall. At least they show a reflection in the water but that’s not enough to prove anything these days. Connor Kenney, an on-air personality at Iowa Radio station B100 gets an A+ in debunking for doing three simple things. First, it did an image search on the photographs and found that they matched exactly another alleged Bigfoot story in Kentucky in 2021. Second, it actually read the Kentucky story and found the report was … well, you judge for yourself.
“A Pulaski County man is happy to be safe at home after a scary incident near Lake Cumberland today. Jared Arnett spotted a Bigfoot in the woods and took these amazing photographs of the beast. “At first I thought it was a grizzly bear, but once I got a better look at it I realized it was definitely a Sasquatch.””
Hmmm. Where have you read that before? Finally, B100 (Quad Cities’ #1 Hit Music Station) did a little fact checking and decided Shell Rock, IA is in northeastern Iowa where the trees are nowhere near as green as those in the photos. B100 is also Qad Cities’ #1 Bigfoot photo debunker as well! Over at Iowa’s Waverly Newspapers, Elizabeth Bingham went one step further and contacted people in the small town of Shell Rock to check out ‘Barry Brown’. Not only had no one heard of him, one contact pointed out that he had seen the same photos in a story about a Bigfoot sighting in Texas. See how easy fact checking Bigfoot stories can be? Facebook agrees – it now has the photos labeled as “False information.” One down, millions to go.
“Are these dinosaurs? Viral video will leave you confused.”
That quote plants the seed that you’re about to see dinosaurs as you watch a video on Twitter of what appear to be a gaggle (Herd? Murder? Extinction?) of baby brontosauruses running across a stream (Take a look for yourself.) they certainly look like baby dinos, don’t they? Fortunately, India Today and many other media sites revealed a great trick for debunking some videos – run them in reverse! (Take a look at the video forwards and backwards here.) India Today identifies the little critters as coatis or coatimundis, daytime mammals of the Procyonidae family, which makes them relatives of raccoons, ringtails and other small mammals roaming South America, Central America, Mexico, and the southwestern United States. With that long, thin tail up in the air and a slight bend at the end combined with the poor lighting that hides all of their identifying marks, it’s easy to get fooled by this video – at least on the first view and with the idea of ‘dinosaurs’ implanted in your brain.
We all want to believe and none of like to be fooled (unless you’re enjoying a Las Vegas magic act), so it pays to know some simple tricks for fact-checking paranormal photos and videos.