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COUNTY: Monroe County
LOCATION DETAILS: On the roadway to Flamingo (Everglades National Park). Outside the park near a boat-ramp and docks.
NEAREST TOWN: Flamingo
NEAREST ROAD: Palm Drive (later turns into a state road that I don't know the name of)
OBSERVED: We were in the car taking out our boat. I forgot which road we were on. We saw a group of people out of their car on the side of the road with cameras and binoculars out. From what i saw of the creature it was very tall, I'd say around 7-9 feet. It was very muscular, covered in dark brown fur with a patch of white in the chin area. It was just standing there (it might've been confused, I don't know). My dad thought it was a bear, i think it was too slender to be a bear. My mom (who thinks that the whole concept of cryptids is ridiculious) thought it was a deer, i don't know how because it must've had huge, furry antlers. I think i saw either Skunk Ape or Bigfoot. I've been looking at pictures of them all my life and it's what I saw.
ALSO NOTICED: There was a blue Jeep pulled over at the side of the road with about 5 people with binoculars and cameras possibly looking at the same thing.
OTHER WITNESSES: Mom-Reading a novel
OTHER STORIES: sorry, i havent heard of any
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Morning, slightly overcast but in the area the creature was standing was shaded by trees.
ENVIRONMENT: a hammoky part of the Everglades
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator Caroline Curtis:
I spoke to the witness by phone. His impression was that the creature had just stopped walking and was trying to decide what to do next. Time of day was around 10 a.m. It was standing in seawater about a foot deep, near a hammock of small trees, most likely mangroves or cypress. No more than 50 yards from the road, long arms were seen with hands just above the knees. Due to the distance he was not able to see more detail than he described. It was still visible as they drove away. This area is the very southern tip of the Everglades, close to the ocean and in the Everglades National Park. He remembers the closest building being the Welcome Center located a few miles away.
About BFRO Investigator Caroline Curtis:
- Worked as an Assistant to a Circuit Court Judge in Florida for thirteen years
- An avid outdoorswoman, growing up in the UP of Michigan on a family-owned fishing and hunting resort. Currently lives in the Hiawatha National Forest
- Certified Visual Tracker, Level 1
- Attended and assisted with numerous public and private BFRO expeditions
- She and the Florida BFRO organized South Florida Expedition 2008, North Florida Expedition 2008 and Central Florida Expedition in 2009.
- She and the Michigan BFRO organized the Lower-Michigan Expedition in 2011, Michigan UP Expeditions in 2012, 2013 and 2015. She will be co-organizing the 2016 Michigan UP Expedition in October.