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The Skunk Ape – Florida’s Favorite Cryptid

July 18 | 2:00 pm 3:00 pm

105 Broadway Ave W
Everglades City, 34139 United States
(239) 252-5026

On July 8th, 2000, Ochopee resident Dave Shealy caught an ape-like bipedal humanoid with long brown fur running through the sawgrass behind Trail Lakes Campground on video. Since that time, the tape has been featured on everything from the Daily Show to National Geographic and the Smithsonian Channel. Over the years, the legend of the Skunk Ape has grown exponentially — becoming the foremost facet of Florida folklore now firmly rooted in popular culture. Whether you are a believer or non-believer, you’ll enjoy this discussion of the Florida Skunk Ape: its history, recent sightings, its origins in the beliefs of our region’s indigenous people, and more.

Distance shots of the Florida skunk ape styled as a film reel