Thursday, 13 February 2014

Bigfoot and Nessie

The two great cryptozoological mysteries of the age, the hairy hominid stalking through the North American forests and the large creature swimming in the inky blackness of Loch Ness. They have vied for the top cryptid slot for decades.

But, in recent years, Bigfoot has certainly been to the fore of public consciousness thanks to its presence in the United States of America with the resources, zeal and "can do" attitude of ordinary  Americans who form an army of hunters and researchers in the subject. Bigfoot websites outnumber Nessie websites and perhaps also the number of people who accept its existence.

However, recent events in the Bigfoot world  have got a casual Sasquatch believer such as myself taking more notice. I refer to the controversy over the alleged Bigfoot shot by Rick Dyer over a year ago. This event apparently happened as he took part in the filming of a British made documentary called "Shooting Bigfoot" which will hopefully soon be broadcast on the BBC's BBC4 channel as part of their new "Storyville" season.

Towards the end of that documentary is a claimed scene of Dyer racing out of his tent in underpants to shoot the seven foot creature dead. There is also an alleged scene of another Bigfoot assaulting the film producer, Morgan Matthews, and leaving him with a noticeable black eye and other injuries.

However, Dyer has a serious credibility problem in that he faked another dead Bigfoot back in 2008 and is generally disliked by other Bigfoot researchers for his arrogant manner. In other words, even the majority of the Bigfoot community are lining up with the usual sceptics to condemn him. In a sense, Dyer is the Frank Searle of the Bigfoot world.

Dyer says he has the taxidermied corpse and is beginning a tour with it. So you have a documentary with some kind of footage and a stuffed animal. Whether you believe it or not, this is going to prove very interesting.

Rick Dyer claims there is a forthcoming press conference to announce findings of an unknown university's examination of the corpse. His cause is not helped by the postponement of said conference on Sunday. The longer this drags out, the bigger the doubts.

I can't imagine a "Shooting Nessie" documentary. Firstly, you need a very good reason to own and use a gun in Britain and, secondly, even if you shot one in the water, it would most like sink without trace and without hope of recovery. Mind you, a "Finding Nessie" series has some appeal.

So, is it a mockumentary backed up by a fake Bigfoot body or something else?  Either way, it makes for good reading. If he has the real deal, cryptozoology will never be the same again, but don't hold your breath quite yet!


On another point, scientists now say they can count whales from space. If they think they can do it with whales, why not Loch Ness Monsters? See this BBC article. Of course, people have attempted to point out strange objects on Loch Ness from satellite images before, but nothing that looks conclusive. Searching the loch from above has been attempted in a minor way in the past, but it is an expensive way of doing it. Maybe one day, we will have a satellite webcam feeding images of Loch Ness every time it passes overhead to a worldwide audience of hunters.


To round things off, this item appeared on eBay bringing back childhood memories of more feverish days. It is the Daily Mail from November 25th 1975 as interest continued to mount about the Rines underwater photos. A mere snip at $198!


  1. Bigfoot is very similar to Nessie in that it gives very courageous long and close up viewings to people as long as they don't have their camera phones to hand. If you can film them, they seem to wander around in the distance between trees, only yielding inconclusive blurred footage. And just like Nessie they have the incredible ability to never, ever reveal a corpse or even a tiny piece of DNA evidence. And just like Nessie manages to avoid sonar, Bigfoot never shows up on night time heat-seeking cameras flown over forests.

    And another parallel is that both cryptids have a borderline religious following made up of people who need no solid evidence to believe.

    1. I have seen a few claimed close ups of Bigfoot and alleged infra red footage, but I'll leave the arguing about those to the Bigfoot enthusiasts.

  2. Finding Nessie? Oh I like it! GB, it could consist of you, Dick Raynor, Steve Feltham and a super hot marine biologist gal. Pitch this to Animal Planet!

    1. I do believe such a series is being looked at.

    2. Anyone who watched the Bigfoot show will tell you it should more accurately have been called "Not Finding Bigfoot". Maybe makers of the Nessie show should bear this in mind.

  3. I know this is a LNM blog, but I think you might like to have a look at this video - seeing as you have mentioned Bigfoot. You need to be a bit 'eagle-eyed' but I think it's an interesting watch.

  4. This same guy, Rick Dyer was caught in a previous hoax back in 2008 in which he tried to pass off a big monkey suit filled with pig parts as the real thing. If it’s another hoax, I wander what he’s using as “filler” this time. As for a “Finding Nessie” story check out “Desperately Seeking Nessie”, featuring Steve Feltham on YouTube: