A video of the hirsute mythical beast Sasquatch, otherwise known by the alias "Bigfoot," shot by a Canadian hiker has gone viral. The video was posted on YouTube and asks the age-old question: Is this an actual bigfoot or is it just another distance-shot video that is at best inconclusive or, at worst, obviously a human being.
News.com reported May 6 that a video shot by Canadian hiker Myles Lamont was released to YouTube and, by the time of the story's posting, had garnered more than 260,000 views. Two days later, at the time of this posting, it is closing in on 925,000 views.
This proves one thing: People really can't get enough Bigfoot stories.
The video itself was shot two years ago when Lamont and some friends went hiking in the snowy Tantalus Range mountains near Squamish, British Columbia, which is north of Vancouver. According to the "About" section attached to the video, the footage of the possible Sasquatch was posted on YouTube for the "benefit of a few friends."
In the video posting, Lamont writes, "We are not claiming this to be anything other than a strange encounter."
The encounter depicts Lamont and his friends watching what appears to be a black dot moving across a snowy landscape. The hikers shot the footage from a vantage point high on an escarpment about a thousand feet above the scampering figure. In the write-up, Lamont notes that the possible Bigfoot is bipedal, is darkly coated or covered, is moving without the benefit of snowshoes or skis over soft snow, and is making good time at 7,000 feet above sea level, which seems to suggest its familiarity with climbing at such altitudes.
But does any of these factors qualify the faraway man-creature as a living, breathing Sasquatch? Is the video really any more definitive than the famed Patterson-Gimlin film of the shadowy shambling Bigfoot that was taken in California in 1967?
Lamont adds at the end of the write-up: "Perhaps the most reasonable explanation for this video is a very ill prepared hiker, hiking up a difficult section of snowline as opposed to a much easier route, one who is very physically fit and able to cover ground in unusually quick fashion..."
This is the second video shot by Canadians this year that has received plenty of Internet attention. In January, a video of a dark, shaggy figure moving along the side of the road in Saskatchewan was posted to YouTube.