‘Palmetto Monster’ Deconstructed

‘Palmetto Monster’ Deconstructed

Tim Fasano, the self styled Florida Skunk Ape hunter has a new toy in his arsenal, a Samsung HD video camcorder with 20x Optical Zoom.

Fasano has decided that if he’s going to prove the existence of Skunk Apes, it’s imperative to have video equipment that will allow for the clearest images possible. Frankly, I would have to agree as it’s becoming a daily grind sifting through the mountains of fake photos, hoaxed videos and general all out lying in the crypto-world.

Quoting Tim Fasano directly, here is what he had to say about the accompanying video he recently shot:

With low rez many things lookl like “blobsquatches.” Hoaxers do not want HD becasue that will ‘blow the gig.’ This video would look real if not for the new Samsung HD I am using. However, the thing does seem to move a liitle and have a face. Could it be the Palmetto Monster behind the tree? You decide.

To be fair, I get the impression Tim is attempting a little tongue in cheek humor when he throws the “Palmetto Monster” reference out there. Furthermore, while I don’t agree with him on everything, I do believe he’s headed in the right direction by using as state of the art equipment as possible.

Now, here is Tim’s latest video, starring what he (jokingly) alleges as the “Palmetto Monster”:

Unfortunately, in my opinion it is neither a Skunk Ape or a Palmetto Monster. While I can’t tell you what exactly it is we are seeing, I can see a couple of obvious reference points to examine.

First, lets look at an unmarked still frame from the video:


Now, we’ll split our attention, first focusing on the bottom half of the frame. Always keep in mind the above untouched still for reference.


Clearly the shape we see above is likely to be some sort of artificial structure. What gives it away is the radius on top which seems a little too perfect for nature. It also appears as though it may have been out there a while and has been damaged in the upper right of said radius. In many respects, it reminds me of a grave marker/head stone.

OK, that’s the bottom half of the frame, now lets look at the top half.


This is where it gets somewhat sketchy and while I can’t identify what it is, I can say without a doubt that it’s not any sort of Palmetto Monster or any other animal for that matter.

I am happy to take some educated guesses from the readers on this one as I’m the first to admit my limitations. There may be some little nuance I’m missing.

Most would stop at this point and call the deconstruction complete, however, I wasn’t ready to retreat just yet. My hunch was rewarded during one final tedious review as I happen to notice something at the very bottom that peaked my attention. How about we take a quick look?


key deerShort of making any foolish claims, there does appear to be an animal in the shot and it could be a yearling deer. If so, it’s likely one of two larger types of Florida Whitetail Deer. To further my case, I zeroed in on that quadrant of the still and did a final blow up photo.


Now, I don’t know where exactly Tim shot this video, but if history is any indicator, it’s likely in the everglades. Furthermore, I can’t say for certain that we are seeing a small animal here, let alone a deer. With that, I am going to have to call it inconclusive, although it does look more convincing as a possible live subject than anything else in the frame.

All my deconstructions are based on my own personal opinion, combined with a lot of intense review and a little luck. Many of you may think I’m loony and that’s your right. However, enough seem to favor what I’m doing, which gives me the impetus to keep the quest alive.

Sound off GT Readers! Is this a Palmetto Monster or something more mundane?

I’d like to thank Tim Fasano, who is beginning to gain some crypto respect in my opinion. He’s moved to the next level and I genuinely hope he does find the Florida Skunk Ape someday.

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