House Hunters Needed for Florida’s Skunk Ape
Almost every continent on Earth has its legends and myths of hairy, bipedal creatures, from the Yeti to Sasquatch to Bigfoot. In Florida, the mythical Skunk Ape reigns supreme. Possibly hairier than the contemporary “Florida Man,” the legend of the Skunk Ape goes back hundreds of years, dating to oral myths passed through generations of indigenous Florida tribes who warned settlers of the foul-smelling and hairy creature.
What Is a Skunk Ape?
The Skunk Ape, also known as the swamp ape and Florida Bigfoot in American folklore, is an ape-like creature that is purported to inhabit the forests and swamps of Florida. Like many mythical critters, evidence of the Skunk Ape’s existence is based on anecdotal sightings, pixelated photographs, and questionable video recordings.
The legends behind the creature date back to the 1800s. Settlers heard Seminole tribe members speak of what they called Esti Capcaki or “cannibal giant”.
The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization has archived 333 sightings in Florida, 137 in Georgia, and 100 in Alabama.
The Skunk Ape is as mysterious as he is furry, and most reported sightings began in the 1960s. Dave Shealy, a Florida native, first saw the creature back in 1974. In an interview with Smithsonian Magazine, he said, “[The Skunk Ape] was walking across the swamp, and my brother spotted it first. But I couldn’t see it over the grass—I wasn’t tall enough… My brother picked me up, and I saw it, about 100 yards away. We were just kids, but we’d heard about it, and knew for sure what we were looking at. It looked like a man, but completely covered with hair.”
That initial sighting changed Shealy’s life. He began hunting for the creature, drumming up interest in the Skunk Ape through his efforts. Shealy snapped a picture of an ape-like figure walking through tall grass in 1997. In 2000, his camera caught the mythical creature walking through a swamp in the Everglades, which brought the Skunk Ape back into public consciousness.
Swampland for the Skunk Ape
As a real estate agent, it’s important to serve all of your clients with grace and compassion — even the mythical ones. The Skunk Ape is a simple critter, seeking seclusion in Florida’s vast swamp system. Though the median home price in the Everglades is $399,900, we’re confident that the Skunk Ape has swap loads of money to spend. To find this Florida native a true home, let’s explore some potential properties.
Located on the western shores of Lake Alto, this 137-acre lot is a little close to civilization but still provides plenty of privacy for our Skunk Ape. The proximity to the lake creates a perfect marshy environment for our foul-smelling friend to embrace his true self. With a small pond inland and the lake to the east, the Skunk Ape can enjoy a diverse mix of water and land to bask in the Florida sun.
Resting on a tributary stemming from Crystal River is a swampy, buggy, and humid property perfectly suited for a Skunk Ape. He’ll have ample opportunities to forage for fish, scallops, and other Florida wildlife here. This parcel is one of the few left in the area and borders state land, giving the Skunk Ape peace and tranquility away from those pesky non-natives.
The site of an old golf course, this nearly 50-acre lot has it all. Like most Floridians, Skunk Ape enjoys a few rounds of golf with friends, making this nine-hole course the perfect property. Complete with water features, a bar on property, and bordering a forest, Skunk Ape could finally have complete privacy with this luscious lot.