Saturday, January 30, 2010
"Myakka Skunk Ape Photograph"
An anonymous photographer sent two of these photos to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Department in 2000. The origin of the prints was determined to be a Sarasota Eckerd Drug Store Photo Lab. An anonymous letter included with the photos mentions that the creature had been visiting at night to forage apples left out in a bushel basket.
My read: this looks like a more temperate-climate cousin of the wampa, the snow creature that attacked and nearly ate Luke Skywalker on the ice planet Hoth. In the Star Wars extended universe, Luke eventually returns to Hoth, and in a small-galaxy serendipity encounters that very same wampa, missing an arm from Luke's violent escape nine years earlier. Second thought: the skunk ape looks like he's just been photographed in a humiliating situation.