Research Videos

The history of tracks and track casts is an integral part of the sasquatch discovery process. This video presents and discusses recently-acquired sasquatch track evidence from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, documented in photographs and as track casts.

 

 
 

In the following video, I discuss and illustrate how the unfolding discovery of the North American sasquatch (or bigfoot) is hindered by the absence of informed scientific comment, and its resulting treatment as almost exclusively a subject of entertainment. Consequently, it may have been inevitable that many members of the North American public — affirmed by scientists unaware of the evidence supporting the discovery claim - have dismissed the unfolding discovery as tabloid material and pseudoscience. A recent letter to the editor of a midwestern US newspaper provides an opportunity to address some widespread misconceptions.

 

 
 


 
 

Sasquatch Tracks and Trackways in Snow
Although snow has often been considered a poor medium or substrate for registering animal tracks, clear mammal tracks can sometimes be observed in moist, shallow snow as illustrated in this research video.  More importantly, snow ground cover provides a record of mammal trails or trackways, showing the sequential arrangement of foot placement and providing opportunities to measure both stride length and straddle (or trail width). Experienced trackers recognize that mammal trails (or trackways) can be just as important as individual tracks and often depend on them for identifying the mammal species responsible for the tracks and trackway. Not uncommonly, the characteristics of the trackway by itself may be sufficient to establish the identification of the mammal species responsible.

Seven examples of sasquatch trackways in snow are illustrated as a guide to identifying them and to differentiating sasquatch tracks and trackways from those of bears and humans. Attention is drawn to the consistency of the two most conspicuous features of the sasquatch trackway: the long stride length and the lack of straddle or trail width.

The tracks and trackway of a juvenile sasquatch in BC’s Coast Mountains documented by investigator Randy Brisson is noteworthy. This may be the first documentation of the trackway of a juvenile sasquatch.  Similarly, the recent (February, 2017) documentation by investigator Paul Graves of a sasquatch trackway consisting of several hundred tracks in central Washington is significant. The exceptional length of the trackway is of obvious interest and importance (approximately 5184 feet or 0.98 miles). In addition, the several exceptional leaps (up to 13 feet) among the already long stride length (4 ½ to 6 feet) appears to corroborate a published 1851 published historical account, in which similarly long leaps (12 to 14 feet) were reported.


 
 

Possible sasquatch vocalizations recorded on a coastal BC island in the fall of 2016

The intent of this research video is to provide audio clips and spectograms of a series of loud nocturnal vocalizations recorded on a small coastal BC island in the fall of 2016. These vocalizations have been attributed to the North American sasquatch. The calls were recorded during the hours of darkness, but occasionally in the evening, over a period of about two weeks in late September and early October. The island, Cormorant Island, supports the village of Alert Bay (population approximately 1000). In addition to the village, the island supports areas of old growth and second growth forest, a substantial wetland, and a marine shoreline. It lies at the western end of the Broughton Archipelago, a large group islands lying between Vancouver Island and the BC mainland. Two juvenile grizzly bears which appeared on the island in 2106, are considered to have swam via the nearest adjacent islands, the Pierce Islands, located approximately one and a half kilometres to the east. There is a history of sasquatch observations and sasquatch tracks by island residents. The recorded vocalizations are compared with similar vocalizations recorded in central Manitoba in 2106. Spectograms of both sets of vocalizations provide an acoustic signature as a graphic means of comparison and also as a means of determining the fundamental frequency (400 to 500 Hz) and the presence of overtones (up to 1500 Hz). It is hoped that the results of this preliminary research are sufficient to attract the interest of bioaccoustic specialists better qualified to categorize the sounds.