Skunk Ape 2000

A photo of the Skunk Ape taken in 2000

The Skunk Ape is a Cryptid that has been reported to live in the Southern Americas. It gained this name due to its Ape-like appearance coupled with the foul odor that accompanies it. Reports of the Skunk Ape first appeared in late 1920's and were particularly common in the 1960's and early 1970's. This culminated in 1974 when in Dade County, Florida, locals began to witness a hairy, foul-smelling, ape-like creature that runs around on two legs.


Starting in the 1920's, the Skunk Ape began to be seen in areas around mid to south Florida, with witnesses stating the traditional Ape-like shape and foul smell of the creature. It was not until the 1960's where sightings boomed, and various, drawings were made. By the early 1970's Skunk Ape sightings were booming, and in Dade county, 13 sightings were made in 1 year (1974).
Skunk Ape Sightings maps

Skunk Ape sightings, 1920-2011

Throughout the next two decades, sightings were still being made, but it had not made the same impact as the 60's and 70's. This was changed in 2000, when the "Mayaka Photos", 2 photographs of the Skunk Ape, were taken. This prompted the local Sheriff's to dispatch the police to every sighting, but when they arrived, the creature had disappeared. The sightings then continued throughout the 2000's and continue to this day.