Doesn’t it seem too good to be true? A company looking for publicity for their app asks for Bigfoot and other cryptid videos, and they are sent two good ones?
The British Columbian software development company PlayMobility issued an open call on Twitter on July 16 for footage of legendary creatures like Sasquatch, the Loch Ness Monster or the Ogopogo, a water serpent said to reside in B.C.’s Okanagan Lake.
The first video, posted on July 18, 2013, shows a group of Chinese tourists watching an upright, hairy figure moving around in the woods. The Chinese crowd is startled and moves in to film and photograph the Bigfoot, as the creature is heard grunting in the distance. Someone off camera says “Sasquatch,” as can be heard on the video, noted the Canadian National Post.
But what can be seen in the video? A human in a suit, performing for tourists? A staged event? A surprise encounter?
With the second video, the National Post writes:
The second video, posted on July 24, provides a faraway, shaky-camera shot of another hairy creature standing upright on top of a hill. This video has been viewed more than 435,000 times since it was posted.
“A couple were hiking on a logging road above one of the lakes in Mission, B.C., when taking photos of the scenic views they spotted something moving,” the company writes.
“Even though they were a fair distance away they were still able to zoom in enough to see something standing upright. Bear? Man? Something else?”
The footage of this alleged Sasquatch, near Mission, British Columbia, has gone viral.
Are these viral videos helping selling product? PlayMobility makes a mobile app called Legend Tracker, a geocaching game that inserts cryptids like Sasquatch into mundane, normal settings. The app lets users “search” for Sasquatch in Mission, B.C., using tips and tools they gather along the way, noted the National Post.
We need closeups and more enhancements of these videos, folks. That’s for sure.
So, what do you think of these videos?
Hope springs eternal, right?
I think both videos have some good & bad things going:
*The vid with the Chinese video is more spectacular, but the behavior is so… Unsquatch-like? How many times we’ve heard of witnesses claiming that when spotted, Bigfoot will quietly retreat. This thing is doing its business unmindful of all the noisy people pointing cameras at it?
Also, where are the witnesses? where are the rest of all those videos?
*The vid with the Bigfoot in the mountains is less impressive, because we really can’t detect much detail. Having said that, if this was a hoax then someone took A LOT of effort in pulling it off.
Finally, re. Legend Tracker: I don’t think the app has the capacity to ‘insert’ Bigfoot behind background foliage. I think you need a clearing, and Bigfoot would always appear in the foreground. Please correct me if I’m wrong.
John Kirk and I spoke directly to the Legend Tracker people at an event we were speaking at last year. They were very keen at the time to get access to our expertise but we never heard back from them.
The Legend Tracker app is ultimately about getting deals or freebies from local businesses while you roam around trying to locate Sasquatch, or Ogopogo, etc in augmented reality. The app itself is well-designed but lacking in content and user base… these videos are a weak attempt at getting some more interest in the app, IMHO.
Could be anything. Though the fact that some folks who stand to make some money from “Bigfoot” are involved leads me to a knee-jerk reaction of “C’Mon!”
the growl in the first video is very convincing.
Well, the uploader has a subscription to Jack Link’s Jerky.. http://www.youtube.com/user/LegendTracker/about
Just say that if we accept the Patterson film Sasquatch as the holotype for this species then we would expect other members of this taxa to have a similar appearance.
The sasquatch in the PG film has very defined lower legs muscles, particularly the gastrocnemius. You can see clearly that Patty’s leg tapers towards the ankles like human legs do.
The problem with the sasquatches in both the Legend Tracker videos is that their legs show no tapering whatsoever. They look like they are wearing furry pants. To me this is a sign that what we are seeing is not sasquatch.
As Adam says above, we talked to the Legend Tracker people last year and they seemed nice enough. However I did not think personally that they were very cryptozoologically oriented and that this field of study was a means to an end rather than the focus.
I’m not convinced by either video. Neither one shows any behavioural traits we have seen in sasquatch through the eyes of real witnesses. Sasquatches are reticent and almost always leave when humans encroach. They don’t hang around and make a display of purposeless digging. In the second video the creature just seems to be doing a Seinfeld i.e. nothing.
I am sorry but they just don’t pass the acid or litmus test for me.
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