Go Here: Skunk Ape Research HQ in Florida
If you’re on a quest for Big Foot, head on down to the Florida Everglades and you’ll be in good company.
A Skunk Ape — the technical term for Big Foot’s biped species — is allegedly six to seven feet tall and weighs between 350 to 450 pounds. According to the SARH, there are between seven and nine of the creatures living in the area’s wetlands, among gators and roaming panthers and more mosquitos than we’ve ever seen anywhere else, ever. Dave Shealy, co-owner of the Skunk Ape Research Headquarters (SARH) has been researching the Skunk Ape all his life, and he opened SARH to help others do the same.
The Skunk Ape’s name is quite literal — they reportedly stink of rotten eggs or methane (which is why we’re not sure why people want to find them so badly). Some say they reek because they hide in alligator dens, surrounded by swamp gas and rotting animal corpses. Others think that their odor is a result of never bathing. Either way, nose plugs are recommended before attempting to track one down in the swamp.
“There’s never been a documented case of anyone ever being physically attacked by a Skunk Ape,” says Dave. “But also, there’s a lot of people that go into the Everglades that never come out.”
SARH is open 7-days a week from 9am – 5pm. In addition to being the hub for Skunk Ape research, the facility also features a Reptile and Bird Exhibit, with gators, snakes, and exotic birds — and admission is a measly $5.
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The everglades has many secrets — and this is certainly one worth checking out.