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Skunk Ape Sighting Reported in Florida

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Sure, the Skunk Ape doesn't actually exist, but damn do we love some Florida folklore.

Several people pulled off a road recently in Myakka River State Park in Sarasota County to catch a glimpse of what they thought was the elusive Skunk Ape, Florida's very own and very smelly version of Big Foot.

According to The Sun-Sentinel, Mike Falconer and his son were driving along the road when they thought they spotted the beast and decided to pull over and take a closer look. They shot some low-grade video of what they believe was Skunk Ape, but unfortunately don't get a very close look. Skip through to the last third of the video to get the best look available.

Could be the skunk ape. Then again it could just be a bear. Or maybe it's nothing at all.

Reports of the Skunk Ape date back to the '60s. There was a particularly big outbreak of sightings in the suburbs of Miami-Dade back in the fall of '74, though the ape is more commonly "seen" in the Everglades or by the Myakka River.

Until now there's only been a few previous purported pics of the beast in circulation.

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