A fisherman named John Rodriguez was fishing in Hillsborough River near northeast Tampa in Florida and claims he snapped a picture of a bathing Bigfoot.
The 66-year-old man claims that he was fishing Dec. 26 when the incident took place.
John Rodriguez stated:
I fish for gar in the river and I bring my camera to take pictures of the birds and what not. I heard a squishing sound, looked over and saw this thing walking through the water and crouch down in the duck weed. It did not look like a guy in a suit — it was definitely an animal. I took this picture and got out of there as fast as I could.”
Here is where the problem arises with this picture that the retired electrician took. Ben Hansen, lead investigator of the Sy-fy Channel’s “Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files” series says:
The face of a gorilla that has been digitally added to the photo with editing software. Although I originally suspected the creature suit was actually in the water when the photo was taken, I started to notice shadows in front of the Bigfoot that appeared to be an inconsistent length and shape with the rest of the photo.
Ben Hansen also said:
Additionally, there appears to be some heavy digital editing touch-up to the fur around the face and where the body meets the water. I’m now leaning more toward believing the whole creature was pasted into the image and then branches and twigs were added in the foreground. The branches also could have really been in the scene, but they were later edited as separate layers so Bigfoot looks like he’s now behind them, sitting in deep contemplation.
That is a major negative hit to this supposed original picture of a real or possible mythical creature. If you really look at the picture, though, you can see what Hansen is talking about. The face is definitely that of a gorilla. What a gorilla was doing in the swamps in Florida, who knows? There have previously been sightings of the “skunk ape” around the Green Swamp but never a Bigfoot, or a gorilla.
Isn’t it a bit too hot? Maybe that’s why he was taking a bath.
In defense of his picture, John Rodriguez said:
I did not Photoshop this at all. Believe me or not.When I plug in my memory card, it asks to import and opens in Photoshop. I just changed the name and saved. It seems like people get publicly crucified for coming forward with this kind of stuff.
Well, we will leave the decision up to the public, if they feel the picture is legitimate. You might want to keep an eye out, maybe you will see the next one!