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COUNTY: Brevard County
LOCATION DETAILS: south bound side of state road 407 adjacent to the Canaveral marsh lands
NEAREST TOWN: Titusville
NEAREST ROAD: state road 407
OBSERVED: I was driving down state road at 9pm on 9/17/11.
This road is good for heavy traffic and none at all. At the time I was the only car on the road going both directions. I was headed south towards state road 528.
407 runs adjacent to the Canaveral marsh lands full of deer, hogs, birds and plenty of other native wild life.
at 9:10 or so I saw what appeared to be a skunk ape cross the road right in front of me. This road fits one car in each direction. The skunk ape appeared to be running because it crossed the road in 2 step very easily. After the second step it jumped down into the side embankment and into the bushes next to the road. I did get a good look at it since I driving at a pace to avoid hitting deer that cross the road frequently.
The animal had long hair all over its body. Especially on the arms and shoulders. This is the reason I know it was in a sprint. The hair was flowing like it would if it was blowing in the wind. The color of the hair seemed to be dark. Reflecting against my head lights and the moon light I really couldn't tell the color. It had a cone shaped head, Very longs arms. When it jumped down into the embankment the arms went up in the air as to help keep its balance or not hit anything . I saw the side profile of the face. The face was dark ( again night time ) it seemed ape like. The feet where huge. as it took steps I noticed how large they were. The over all body seemed very THICK. The animal was very muscular. From the side view I had , you could see just how thick of a body it was.
I didn't stop to investigate due to the face that it was night time and I did not want to have a face to face with what ever I saw alone on a dark road.
Thinking about the situation as it constantly replayed in my mind . I think it might have been in pursuit of a deer. I constantly see deer on that road at night into the early morning. This was my first time seeing a skunk ape, but I have heard they were sighted some times in the area further south on state road 520. I feel with the rise in the deer population it might have moved into the area.
ALSO NOTICED: The ape never looked in my direction. It just crossed
OTHER WITNESSES: none
OTHER STORIES: I've heard of sightings of something crossing state road 520 at night . This road is further south but runs though the Canaveral Marsh also
TIME AND CONDITIONS: Night time. Their was a clear night sky with bright moon light.
ENVIRONMENT: Swamp land. Miles of wilderness with a rising deer and Hog population. Plenty of Birds, fresh water , No humans around for miles except for the local rancher who may collect cows every now and then.
Follow-up investigation report by BFRO Investigator R. Monteith:
The gentleman was traveling south on HWY 407 outside Port St. John around 9PM on a clear bright night. (The full moon had been 5 nights before.) HWY 407 is a two lane road that passes through remote areas and connects HWY 528 with US1. The motorist saw a dark haired creature cross the road left to right about 15 feet in front of his car. The creature appeared to be running, crossed the road in two large steps, never once looking or acknowledging the car’s presence despite being so close to it.
What was noticed about the creature was:
It ran upright on two legs, was “solidly built – like a refrigerator,” and at least 8 feet tall.
The shoulders were thick and well-muscled.
It had dark hair, with gray mixed in it. (Witness does not think it was headlight reflection.)
It had very large feet and extremely long arms that swung and pumped as it ran. It used its long arms for balance when it jumped down from the road, throwing them up in the air “as a kid would.”
It had a conical head.
Only the profile of the face was seen; also noticed was a human type ear, a flat “gorilla” noise, and large dark lips. It did not seem to have a lot of facial hair.
The witness recently moved from New York City to Florida, and was surprised to encounter the creature. He knew as soon as he saw it, that it was what locals referred to as a Skunk Ape. I believe he has given a sincere and honest account of what he saw that night.
I visited the site where the crossing took place. It is very rugged Florida wetlands and connects to miles of more of the same. It is just east of the St. Johns River, and adjacent to areas where other bigfoot sightings have been reported. This area is non-populated, swampy with Cypress and Palmetto scrub. It has an abundance of wildlife including deer, feral hog and other habitat requirements we have come to associate with bigfoots.
Map of the area:
About BFRO Investigator R. Monteith:
Re Monteith has had a life-long interest in Bigfoot and has an extensive background in outdoor land and ocean survival as well as mountaineering. She has tran-sailed the Atlantic, backpacked in remote places throughout the world and has climbed three of the seven summits. She studied International Relations at Florida International University, and is a Financial and Real Estate Consultant. She has participated in many private expeditions as well as the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 BFRO North Florida Expeditions and the 2013 BFRO UP Michigan & Alabama Expedition. She also organized Florida's 2017 Town Hall Meeting. She was an Executive Producer of the documentary film, "Skunk Ape Lives" and featured as a Crypto Expert on The Science Channel's television show, Strange Evidence for seasons 2 - 5.