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Monday, October 8, 2018

How Can Audio Make Researching Easier?

Written by Randy "Rebelistic" Savig
MABRC Missouri State Director


That is a good question.  A lot of folks think that we just collect sounds and vocals.  That is true to an extent.  But can it be an invaluable tool with a real benefit to a researcher?  Yes, it can.  When I first started this adventure, I had one recorder and took it out set it up outside camp in hopes I would hear something cool that night and it would be recorded. One thing folks must remember, the time we have available to go to the woods is limited.  Jobs and family’s come first as they should.  The chances of being in an area that they are on that night is pretty slim.  So, then we review the audio and hear nothing but normal night sounds just like we did when we were out there.  Most of us love the woods and being in them so there is never a bad night in the woods, but it still doesn’t help us to solve the mystery we are after. 

When I got into this I was able to stomp the woods a lot more than I can now.  I had the ability to go out and look for the common possible signs we all hear about and it helped with knowing where what was I thought was the best place to set up recorders.  Unfortunately for me that was pretty short lived.  At one time I was even thinking about getting out of field research and go back to being a computer researcher.  The woods and collection of audio desire was just too strong, so I had to figure out how to use the equipment to do the woods stomping work for me.  It dawned on me that I may only be able to go out and do a listening post once every couple weeks or at times once a month.  What happens if you have 3 or 4 recorders stretched out a few miles apart?  That way you could hear what was going on in 4 places at a time when you do the audio review.  The thrill of hearing the sounds that night in person doesn’t happen but it did one important thing.  It gave you a date and location of where they were that night.  Using this method makes it a lot easier to establish patterns of their movements throughout their territory.  This can really be invaluable as once you get the pattern figured out you can set your listening post up where you will have a best chance of being there when they are.  This takes a long time, even years if you are real limited on time to get out and collect audio.  This in my opinion is how the best possible evidence is collected.


So, then what?  You’ve established a pattern and have a good idea where they may be there and when.  Now is when things can get interesting.  You move all your audio equipment into that area.  Set up 3-4 recorders within a couple of miles at the most from each other and record.  This will help you zoom into the areas that are closest to them.  Adjust listening posts to where the suspected audio as close as you can.  From experience they are usually in the areas that are hardest to access without walking in a lot or even to other private property that you don’t have permission to be on.  The game isn’t over if that happens.  Researchers have for years used different methods to try and lure them closer to where they are instead of going where they are.  Curiosity does seem to be their downfall, or they wouldn’t be spotted close to camps.  Scents and sounds seem to do the trick.  Cooking at camp, using spray deodorizers, scented candles, even flashing lights have had success in drawing them in.  Of course, sounds can also peak their curiosity.  We’ve all seen that on TV where they howl and knock waiting on a hopeful return.  Just remember the data from the Silent Hills Project, sound doesn’t travel as far as one thinks it does. 



One other method I use frequently is with the use of parabolics.  There are two areas where I can’t physically get to and set up drop boxes.   I can however get on 2 and at times 3 sides of that area and let the parabolics get me closer.  With parabolics being directional as well as good amplifiers you can get a lot more distance than with open mics, kind of like being there.  This is where knowing your equipment’s abilities and limitations come into play.   I can not over state, know your equipment!  One important thing about using both drop boxes and parabolics is that they are passive.  I feel that they can collect audio that is more natural for the critters whether it’s a known or unknown critter.  Every animal acts difference in the presence of people.  In my opinion this is how the neatest vocals are collected and a way of trying to understand behavior is done.  There is quite a difference of how they wander through the woods naturally than when they are around camp.  From my experience they really don’t try and be quiet when wandering through an area verses when approaching or avoiding camps during our research outings.  Another huge benefit of using this method is that when you have 2 or more recorders aimed to an area from different directions it is much easier to hear and see the difference in the spectrogram of the sounds and vocals.  It is a lot easier to know what environmental distortion is.  It sure does help in identifying known and what could be possible bigfoot sounds and vocalization.


I have one ridge in my research area I call Pine Ridge.  Here is a few of links to the audio collected from there.
 






I have pretty much determined that this is a normal area of either travel or possibly where they stay in the area.  I came to this determination using audio.  Let me explain.  I’ve set up my big parabolic on the ridge to the east of that area pointing west.  Several times I have gotten some interesting audio collected like the ones above when I set up this way.  The trouble is there are two ridges within a mile and a half from the parabolic so, which one is the sounds coming from?   What I do to try and narrow it down?  I set up my largest parabolic pointing the usual west direction in my normal spot for it.  In each of the 2 hollers that are on either side of the ridge, I set up smaller parabolics as close to the bottom as I could, pointing north.   After doing this set up about a dozen times over the course of about 6 months I had results.  From the audio collected it appears that they came in from the southwest side of the western most holler and onto Pine Ridge.  Again, this was only found out after the audio review a week or so when I reviewed that recorder.  I collected the recorders the following morning after that was recorded and there was nothing recorded that would indicate that they left the area that night.  So I suspect that at least that night they stayed on that ridge.   It can be real amazing of how sounds go over the hollers when recorders are near the bottom verses when they are put on ridge tops.   


I think any of us that have a love for the woods and wilds would much rather be out stomping and exploring.  I know that I’m that way.  But when that isn’t an option, audio can get you there if you let the equipment do the work.  There is a real thrill for me when I review audio and find out that woods came alive with activity whether I was in that exact location or not.  Hands down, I’ve recorded most of the interesting audio when I wasn’t there by using these methods than I have from a camp recorder.  Just the man hours needed to be in 3 or 4 spots at the same time to learn patterns would make it nearly impossible to gain the knowledge one can get from remote audio set ups in the woods when nature can do as nature does.  Sure videos, thermal, and personal experiences are the ultimate thrill when doing this.  But audio does play a crucial role in research if we use it.  Many group expeditions have used the audio to help determine where the hotspots are, and that data is used in the following expeditions of the area with some noticeable results.   











Sunday, September 23, 2018

Audio Review…. How to “Know” what you are hearing?

By Randy "Rebelistic" Savig
MABRC Missouri State Director


I have been using audio in Bigfoot research since I joined the MABRC and took it to the woods instead of just at the computer.  As with most of us I had never had audio recording experience before we get into Bigfoot research.  Not having any experience, it really blew my mind at the sounds that were recorded in the woods.  What are normal woods sounds?  What isn’t? What can we do to determine what is what?


I’m not saying this is the only way to do it, but this is what I did and still do.  First is to go into the woods both day and night with your new recorder and find a comfortable tree to sit at and listen.  I found out that it takes about 30 minutes of sitting quiet for the woods to come back alive.  It is truly amazing to me of how the woods goes quiet when a person enters and walks through.  Just sit there with the recorder on.  No looking around.  Don’t play on your phone. Just sit, not moving, even close your eyes so you can focus on listening and wait for the woods to come back to normal sounds. Use the audio as a baseline of what normal woods sounds.  I’ve always been one that I spent a lot of time in the woods throughout the years and thought I knew what the woods sounded like.  I was wrong.  It doesn’t hurt to do this several times as the sounds do change with the seasons.

One really important thing to remember is our ears can play tricks on us just as our eyes do.  There hasn’t been a time where I have been in the woods where I had a camp recorder running and heard what I thought was one thing just to do the review it is apparent that it was something else. That is one reason that using a camp recorder has such value.  Not only can you use it to verify what you are hearing at camp such as movement around camp, but it keeps you grounded because it also disproves what you thought it was.  Using a camp recorder also gives a way of adding possible evidence to any experiences you have at camp.  The first one that helped give more than just a story was a rock throwing incident that happened a few years back.  Without a recorder at camp this would been nothing than a cool story and personal experience.



I was lucky enough to have a great mentor when I chose to deal with audio.  I was told by MedicDon that the most important things in audio collection.
1. Know your equipment.
2. Use an easy and good audio editing program to review your collected audio.
3. Always, ALWAYS verify with known sounds of nature and known animals.
4. When in doubt…  Throw it out!

Even though these topics could make a long post in their own right, I’d like to touch a little on each of these points. 

There are numerous choices of audio recording equipment out there for people to choose from.  Some like a specific brand for specific reasons.  I have my favorite brands, but it is a personal preference and not what this is about.  No matter what brand you choose you need to learn the advantages and the limitations of the unit.  Not all recorder mics are the same.  If you decide to use external mics, they can really vary, some are mono, stereo, cardioid, powered, etc.  Each have their own qualities and limitations.  Then you add parabolics to it then things even get more complicated.

When I finally decided to build my first parabolic it was a 12” “salad bowl” mic.  No, they are not a true parabolic, but it still does give a lot of directional control amplifying sounds from a certain direction giving adding to the distance of the mics collection.  The way I compared the parabolic to the open external mic recorder was to set them up together.  I hung the drop box external mic set up at the bottom of the parabolic and let them record for a night together.  During the audio review it was easy to see the difference in the spectrogram as far as volume, signature, and contamination levels.  At this point I usually quit using a parabolic in the summer as yes, it is better for hearing further distances, it also amplifies every tree frog and bug in the forest. 

One critical thing in using parabolics is what I call an echo effect.  If the sound comes from the side or rear of the dish it does distort the audio giving what at times sounds like an echo.  When I first ran into that I didn’t know what was causing it and that it was an artifact of recording with a parabolic.  When I suspected it had to do with the dish as the mic didn’t do it when it wasn’t in the dish I did a little experiment.  I set up the parabolic in my yard went out about 150’ from the mic and even though it may sound crazy, I made the same sounds as I walked around the mic.  Now if I had a neighbor see me they would have known I was nuts!  To try and keep the tones, volume, and to take out any variances, I walked around singing “Row, row, row your boat”!  It may sound funny or stupid, but it was an eye opener for me.  This is what I’ve been willing to do to get to know my equipment.  Any new additions to your equipment I would highly suggest doing this kind of thing to learn your new equipment.

Each of my recorder setups whether drop box with external stereo mics, to drop box with powered external mic, to 12” parabolic, 36” parabolic, to the H2n.  Each record different and has benefits depending what you are trying to accomplish using your audio.

 




My second point is being able to use editing software for audio review.  Why is that important?  The plain fact is our ears do play tricks on us.  If you are in the woods trying to record possible Bigfoot vocalizations, guess what?  You can easily interpret things wrong.  We can’t help it, it happens to all of us.  Personally, I use Audacity.  Primarily because it is a free download and easy to use. There is a quite a learning curve to learn it but once you do the filters and other parts of the program help immensely especially the spectrogram.  Each vocalization and sound has a signature.  Each has consistent way that the sound and form that does not change.  When using the spectrogram during reviewing new audio makes it easier to identify known sounds and vocals.

When first using the spectrogram, I used the gray scale as made it easier to see the signatures and learn to read the spectrogram.  After getting used to seeing the signatures I switched full color scale as it is easier to see how the signature is formed as well as volume changes in the vocalization as it is being formed.  It is easy to see if vocalizations are possibly moving.  Once you get to where you identify signatures of known animal vocalizations even when there is distortion do to echoes or ambient contamination, it saves time in running filters of what would otherwise be unidentified by hearing it only.  When reviewing hundreds of hours of audio a year, time does make a difference.  Audacity also makes it easier to clip out possible Bigfoot vocals to either clean up and post or to save in a file for future comparison.  In science repeatability of possible vocals can add a lot of weight to prove that it was not just some anomalous vocal cause by distortion of the audio.   


The third point is probably the most time consuming especially when you first start.  Where do you find verifiable recordings of known animals?  YouTube? Other researchers?  Those are better than nothing, but many times I have listened to stuff from YouTube where the author of the video says it’s a bobcat and it is a fox.   Us researchers are also at fault in doing this if we haven’t done our due diligence.  Just because it sounds weird doesn’t make it a bigfoot because you were out looking for one.  More arguments and bitch sessions have started because of that than you can shake a stick at.

The places I use the most is college sites, animal research centers and zoos.  Yes, a lot of them are on YouTube but you must stay with reputable sites.  What I have done is make a file with the known sounds and spectrograms to use as a quick reference that I look at during audio review if I have any doubt of a sound or vocalization.  To collect comparison audio I keep it simple.  I have often plugged into the headphone jack on the computer into the mic of the recorder and recorded whatever vocal I am wanting to collect and send that file to Audacity.  Once on Audacity I can either take a screen shot of it or make a short video screen capture so that I always have the audio and spectrogram together.  I store all these in a file for easy access.

That works great for animal vocalizations in the woods but what about the other sounds that we hear in the woods that could be attributed to possible Bigfoot?  Footfalls, rock clacks, knocks, movement in the leaf litter are all things that we hear in the woods and are so easy to misidentify.  One amazing audio clip I heard shortly after joining the MABRC was one that TEXLA http://www.texlaresearch.com/  collected. It was of a possible Bigfoot coming up to a recorder and licking it where the entering bipedal footfalls, the licking sound, coughs, and the exit was all recorded.  They had put peanut butter on the recorder as a draw and this time it had results.  You can check it out here. http://www.texlaresearch.com/coughing_sequence_5-4-08.mp3

This is one of those real grey areas in audio collection that can easily make us post this as evidence without doing the proper home work to insure it isn’t a known critter.  So, I hear movement in the leaf litter what now?  First you must try and figure out if it is four-legged or two.  Deer can even sound bipedal if they step in their own tracks.  What I did was head out to the woods and set up a recorder and went for a walk around the recorder.  I also made the effort to record walking from about 100’ from the recorder, passing by the recorder, and another 100’ past it again to see what the limits of the recording distance of my footfalls could be heard.  The fall is the best time to do this as the leaf litter is fresh and easiest to hear.  What I do when I hear what I think is bipedal walking is listen to it several times and try to listen to the ground.  Sound weird?  You’d be surprised at how many times you can hear rocks hitting hard hooves.  There is also how you can hear the size of the foot by the sound it makes in the leaf litter.  The bigger foot the more leaves are crunched in each step.  There can be other subtle clues also that can be heard if you take the time to really listen.

I also did that with knocks and rock clacks to get a baseline of the structure or signature of the sounds.  This is how the whole Silent Hills Project started.  Different types of sounds travel different distances.  When dealing with skeptics, being able to provide a baseline with known sounds goes a long way towards ending unnecessary arguments.  I can’t count the number of times I have heard the line “I know it was this or that because I hear it all the time”.  Again, our ears do play tricks on us. Arguing doesn’t make a stronger case for us.  Evidence does.  Having a file of baseline sounds keeps us grounded which brings me to the next point.

The fourth and final point of this post is when in doubt, throw it out!  There is no bigger hit to your credibility and the Bigfoot Community than posting possible bigfoot audio evidence that is easily dismissed because it’s a known critter or sound that could have been prevented by you doing your due diligence.  The only thing that will make it worse is if you argue it without some baseline evidence.  The sad truth of the matter is you can post 100 good things and 1 bad and folks will only remember the one.  That just seems to be the way it works.

One thing that I do want to point out is that I never actually throw out anything when it comes to audio.  I have kept all the raw data that I have recorded since day one.  If at any time someone wants to hear the context surrounding any possible audio clip I have the data for verification or authentication.  If I have a doubt on a sound or vocal I clip it and put it into an “Unknown File”.  If that sound or vocal repeats or is recorded clearer at a time in the future I have it there for comparison. One such occurrence that I had with this is early in my research I recorded what I thought was something handling my drop box.  However, there was no footfalls and virtually no sounds before or after it.  Even though I was super excited and wanted it to be my TEXLA moment, it wasn’t.  I kept the clipped file and hoped for another that would back it up.  Low and behold, a few weeks later it was recoded again.  But this time there was definite wings buzzing before and after the recording.  It was a bug crawling on the external mic.  Luckily at that time I was pretty computer illiterate, so I never posted that as possible Bigfoot playing with my recorder.  Lesson learned.  When we are trying to help scientifically prove the existence of Bigfoot it is vastly important to be able to back up our evidence and show repeatability.  That can not be done if we don’t do our homework.

   

Sunday, September 16, 2018

I have a great new idea!!!


Every so often on Facebook or on one of the few Bigfoot message boards still active, someone jumps up with what they claim is an original idea of their own to try in Bigfoot research.  And every time, I have to shake my head, as the idea they come up with, has been tried by those in Bigfoot research before them.  They either have seen the idea posted somewhere before, and try to pass it off as their own, or they just don't do any research to see if their idea has been tried before.

The latest "Great new idea" that is making the rounds, is to play a crying baby while researching.  I've seen this appear on several Bigfoot Facebook groups, and some people were upset when it was noted that the MABRC had used the crying baby sounds back in 2007 onward.

Here is the excerpt from my book, Bigfoot Field Guide - Shadows in the night, available on Amazon (Kindle Version here) (Paperback Version here)

"Arriving on site, we put all the windows down and began playing the cd at a high volume. It was nearly pitch black with the full moon beginning to rise behind us. After about 10 minutes in of playing the crying baby audio, on the ridge line up the slope from us, we heard a vocalization, more like a roar. It’s nearly a ¼ mile from the ridge line to the road, and we listened to something big coming crashing down the slope towards us. 

I continued letting it play the audio, No Mercy kept asking me if it was time to turn it off, as we could hear the crashing over the crying. Finally the maker of all that crashing noise popped out on the road about 75 feet ahead of the vehicle. It was the white Bigfoot, and he stood on the road looking at the vehicle. I reached over and shut off the radio, the Bigfoot stood for several minutes looking at us still, before it turned and went back into the woods. 

No Mercy sat in silence for a few minutes before he caught his composure and uttered some of his most famous words. “We ain’t playing the crying baby cd anymore.” "

This happened in 2006 on a personal level, but the next year in 2007, on the MABRC Memorial Day Expedition at Honobia, MABRC Junior Researcher Goose, along with myself and another researcher went out on a remote ridge line in an UTV at night, with no moon out.  Using a call blaster, we played the crying baby cd for nearly 15 minutes, and had multiple responses from the other ridges to the north of our location.  It was quite the experience.

We've used it on other occasions too, in remote camps inside tents and even in our camps, it will draw in predators looking for an easy meal, but it has brought in Bigfoot checking out to see if an infant was in trouble or abandoned.  Whether the Bigfoot was looking for a free meal or what, we will never know since putting a real human infant at risk is unfathomable to attempt.

So what does all this mean D.W.?  It means, before you jump up and proclaim that you have a new idea, you should do some research to make sure it hasn't been tried before, and that way, you won't get hammered for trying to lay credit for something that has been done before.

Can the MABRC claim this as their idea?  No, we can't, because this was discussed on the old Bigfoot message boards back around 2001 to 2002, we were just one of the first to actually put it into practice and see the results.

Just do your research folks, it will prevent you major headaches in the future.






Thursday, August 30, 2018

Largest collection online about Bigfoot


Without a doubt, the largest collection of information about Bigfoot used to be the website of Bobbie Short, Bigfoot Encounters, but since her passing, no site has come close to surpassing the amount of information about Bigfoot except the MABRC Forums.  

While there will be those who disagree and even attack the MABRC for the content displayed there, the truth is, the Forums has been collecting articles, sighting reports and more from all over the Internet and placing it in one location, making it easier for folks to find the information they need.


The MABRC researchers even have their own research threads, where you can follow along on their research and what they have collected evidence-wise over the years.

Thirteen wings of library information is available, with each wing holding 300 different articles or other pertinent information about Bigfoot.

There is also the National Sightings Database, where we have combined nearly every online sighting report into an easy to search database using the Forums' search engine.

While guests are able to view a lot of information, joining as a forum member opens up more information for you to view.  (Please note:  Joining the MABRC forums does not mean you are a member of the MABRC organization, you are simply a forum member.)

So check it out now, by going to the following link:  www.mabrc.com/forums

Friday, June 22, 2018

One possible Misidentification

Over the years, I have noticed a lot of pictures where the witness claimed there was a light brown Bigfoot in the picture, and after further evaluation is was determined to be a burned out cedar. Now Cedar trees can turn brown from disease and from dying out, much like any other tree can turn brown on certain limbs and can cause someone to misidentify what they see as a Bigfoot. Here are some photos for comparison of what I mean.





What is the MABRC Forums?




In the early days of the Internet, there was no Facebook, Instagram or other social media sites, instead, the Bigfoot Community relied on message boards where we could communicate with each other, sharing ideas and working together.  While a vast majority of them are now defunct, the MABRC (Mid-America Bigfoot Research Center) Forums have continued to exist since the very early 2000's.  The newer people coming into the Bigfoot Community have no clue about the history that has been produced by these message boards and the amount of information that was contained in them.

Currently the MABRC Forums is the largest online repository of Bigfoot-related information in the world, with over 13 Library Wings containing articles, papers and more.  The National Sightings Database contains sightings culled from the major Bigfoot Research Groups as well as those forums and websites that have become non-existent. 

The role of the MABRC Forums is simple, to provide a safe bastion for the collective knowledge of the Bigfoot Community for new and old researchers alike.  While the public side of the forums only shows a small percentage of what is contained inside the forums, by joining as a forum member, you can access all the information that is presented there.  

Now please note, that by joining the MABRC Forums, this does not make you a MABRC Organizational Member, you are only a Forum Member.  To become a MABRC Organizational Member, you need to go to the MABRC website and fill out the membership application and someone from the MABRC will contact you and interview you for membership.

You can also view the research threads of MABRC Researchers and Independent Researchers where they discuss their research and methods, and show the evidence collected.

With the MABRC Forums, you will find nearly everything you need to know about doing Bigfoot research and especially the history behind the community.


Anatomy of a Bigfoot Expedition

Shelley Read, Kerri Martin, Debi Jones, Lauren A. Smith, Randy Savig, Randy Edwards, Mike Hartsell, James McFadin, D.W. Lee and many others attended the MABRC 2018 Memorial Day Expedition in Oklahoma. This video shares some of our goals and strategies along with helpful research tips and a little bit of evidence that has already been analyzed. Enjoy!

Cry-Baby Bridges? Bigfoot-related?

By Jim "Biggjimm" Whitehead, MABRC Western Oklahoma State Director



I took the liberty to plot locations of Crybaby bridges in Oklahoma. I thought it would be interesting to demonstrate why I came to the conclusion they are related to the bigfoot phenomenon. If you look at the red dots (crybaby bridges) many of them are very close on the same creek systems. If they were really haunted then you wouldn't expect that pattern. You would have one or two single haunted bridges. Instead you have a lot of them, giving the impression that something is MOVING up and down the waterways. Also ,skeptics will state that the stories are simply urban folklore. However, many of the reports at these bridges predate the internet. Unless the original stories were widely circulated via television, newspapers, and books, you shouldn't expect the people across the country to report the same things being heard. I can't actually find very many cases of the stories being spread prior to the internet, so the idea that it is all copycat folklore isn't really all that strong.

What exactly are they reporting? Well here is a list of common reported experiences: Dark figures moving in the woods along the creeks and crossing the roads, woman-like screams, rocks being thrown, crying baby noises under the bridges, large unseen entities moving about and breaking branches, parked vehicles getting slapped (complete with giant hand prints) and glowing eyes being seen in the woods. This is all in line with bigfoot encounters, not the paranormal. In fact, every Cry Baby Bridge that I have looked into has had bigfoot sightings nearby, usually with in 1/4 of a mile or less. Very often the actual sighting is right at the bridge in question itself. It is also quite often more than one sighting in the area.

So what would bring a bigfoot underneath a bridge? The MABRC has found evidence of them using rock overhangs as shelters in Adair County. Many of the reasons for this also apply to bridges. They are sheltered from the sun, heat, and wind. They also have the added draw of having an available fresh water source nearby. It isn't inconceivable that in case of bad weather, these creatures could also pile some brush up under the area were they are nesting at, creating a wind break.

In our folklore, we have stories about trolls living underneath the bridges. Perhaps there is more truth to that than we would think.


Saturday, January 20, 2018

Marsh Lake 2008 Bigfoot?

I have taken this video and deshaked it, to stabilize it, then slowed it down to 20% and magnified the figure to 2.5 times it's normal size.  I am placing it here for the viewer to make their own judgement based on what they see.  Below is the information that the original user posted on YouTube when it first came out.

Published on May 24, 2012 by Spencer Nussbaum

In August 2008, my brother and I were out photographing and filming wildlife in the Uinta Mountains located in North Eastern Utah. We were camping at Marsh Lake, and had ventured off a few miles through the forest heading east. We noticed something moving in the trees and thought it was a black bear that another camper had informed us was in the area. However, as I struggled to get the camera turned on, the creature walked on two legs into the trees. We followed, but were unable to spot the creature again for some time. A little later, it made a brief appearance in a meadow about 200 yards from where this footage was captured. This is original footage and the only editing was for length so I could post it on this site. I apologize for the camera shaking at first, not only was I nervous, but had a hard time locating the creature in the once I began filming.




The Dave Shealy Skunk Ape Video

I have taken this version of the video, deshaked it, slowed it down 20% of it's normal speed, and magnified it to 2.5 times it's normal size.  I leave it up to the viewer to decide what it is, the following excerpt is from the Smithsonian website where they did a story of Dave Shealy.

"In July 2000, he captured one of his encounters on video. In the grainy daytime footage, shot from hundreds of feet away, the creature spends a minute or so moseying around in a hummock of palm trees. Then, shortly after it begins striding across the open swamp (at about 1:48 in the video below), it breaks into a long-limbed run—as though suddenly aware it’s being watched—escaping into a grove of palm trees.

Shealy notes that, at the time, the swamp was covered by over a foot of water, making the animal’s speed (which he estimates to be 22 miles per hour) impossible for any human to achieve. But it’s extremely hard to watch this video and see anything but a guy in a gorilla suit, hurrying across the swamp:"