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The Honey Island Swamp monster is a humanoid cryptid reported from Honey Island Swamp, Louisiana since 1963.



The creature is described as bipedal, seven feet (2.2 metres) tall, with gray hair and red eyes. The creature is accompanied by a disgusting smell.[1] Footprints supposedly left by the creature have four webbed [2] toes.[3]


The first claimed sighting was in 1963 by Harlan Ford, a retired Air traffic controller who had taken up wildlife photography. After his death in 1980, a reel of Super 8 film showing the creature was allegedly found among his belongings.[4]

In 1974 the monster gained national fame after Ford and his friend Billy Mills claimed to have found unusual footprints in the area, as well as the body of a wild boar whose throat had been gashed. Ford continued to hunt for the creature for the next six years.


The idea of a large, ape-like creature in the area is not without its critics, notably the local ecologist Paul Wagner, who with his wife Sue run nature tours in the area. Neither they nor their Cajun guide, Robbie Charbonnet, have seen any evidence for it.[5]


A local legend tells of a train crash in the area in the early twentieth century. A travelling circus was on the train, and from it a group of chimpanzees escaped, and interbred with the local alligator population.[6]

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  1. ^ "They described a vicious looking...american
  2. ^ Southern Fried Bigfoot. Documentary.
  3. ^ Honey Island Swamp Monster at the UCM Museum, Abita Springs, Louisiana
  4. ^ Honey Island Swamp Monster
    Legend Of The Louisiana Honey Island Swamp Monster On DVD
    Bigfoot, Cryptozoology, Homonoids, Sasquach, Skunk Ape, Swamp Tours
  5. ^ "searching for evidence" in [1] another skeptic, naturalist John V. Dennis, also has never seen the monster, although local fishermen have, according to him.
  6. ^ "Perhaps the most bizarre legend..." in american


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