The Skunk Ape – Florida’s Cryptid Curiosity

Gators, snakes and Skunk Apes, oh my!

What are Skunk Apes? Chances are you’ve never even heard of one. Luckily, we’re here to remedy that! And we brought along Skunk Ape expert Dave Shealy of the Skunkape HQ to answer all the questions you never knew you had! Now, without further ado, we give to you…

Skunk Ape 101

Not a Skunk Ape, just the expert in all things related to the elusive cryptid! (A cryptid is “an animal whose existence or survival to the present day is disputed or unsubstantiated.“)

Skunk Ape
Photo: Skunk Ape HQ

What is the Skunk Ape?

Dave: The skunk ape is a species of Sasquatch type creature that is found in Florida.

Where does the name come from?

Dave: The name originates from old timers and sportsmen that had encounters with the creatures. Often, in most encounters or sightings with the animal, people would notice a pungent odor or aroma.

When and where was the first time the skunk ape was spotted?

Dave: The legend of the Florida Skunk Ape goes back hundreds of years, told in the oral history of people living in the areas of South Florida and in the greater Everglades. Earliest documented sightings on record were in the 1950’s and 60’s. They have also been spotted as recently as 2 years ago.

Are there multiple skunk apes or is this one single creature?

Dave: Because of the number of sightings from the Mayyakka and Big Cypress Gallery, it would seem that there is more than one creature. It’s actually suspected that there is a family group of about ten Skunk Apes living in the Everglades at this time.

What would you say to people who may not believe that the skunk ape exists?

Dave: 90% of the time, the people that do not believe that the skunk ape exists have never actually been out into the Everglades, they’ve only seen it from boardwalks, driving by or flying over. Anyone that has explored this 2,000,000 acres of wilderness will tell you that it would be very hard, almost impossible, to say that they’ve seen everything that lives there. After all, there are 120 Panthers and of the millions of Florida residents… how many people have even seen one?

Kind of scary if you think about it…

If you’d like to learn more about this natural phenomenon that smells unnaturally terrible, check out the official headquarters!