Scientist Sets Out to Prove Sasquatch’s Existence via Blimp

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Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a blimp and it’s looking for Bigfoot.

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who believe Bigfoot is real and those who don’t. Idaho State University anthropologist Jeffrey Meldrum is firmly in the I Believe camp, and he is taking to the skies, via blimp, in one of the most elaborate hunts yet to prove the doubters wrong.

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Meldrum, author of Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science, got the idea for the blimp-based search from William Barnes, a Utah man who claims to have encountered Bigfoot in 1997 in Northern California. Barnes pitched the idea to Meldrum and the two are now collaborating on what they’ve called the Falcon Project — a remote-controlled airship they hope will take flight next spring, sweeping remote wilderness areas for proof of Bigfoot’s existence.

In order to achieve his goal, though, Meldrum needs to raise $300,000-plus in private donations to build the dirigible, according to Reuters. While the University of Idaho gave the project the go-ahead, Meldrum has to find funds for the project himself. The money he raises will not only get him a blimp but will also be used to equip it with a thermal-imaging camera to capture evidence of the manlike ape (or apelike man) hiding under the trees. According to Reuters, getting financial support for the venture has been slow going. However, with the popularity of Animal Planet’s show Finding Bigfoot, it seems only a matter of time until a television channel steps in to fund the expedition. In fact, Meldrum told Reuters that two cable channels are already vying for rights to produce a reality series following the expedition. Heck, we’d watch it.

Meldrum isn’t the only scientist looking for the hairy cryptid. Last year, more than a dozen “experts” traveled to Russia for a daylong conference, after which they announced they’d proved the existence of Yeti (Bigfoot’s Russian cousin) with 95% certainty.

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46 comments
banjoist123
banjoist123

 I contest the statement that there are "two kinds of people in the world. Those that believe in bigfoot and those that don't" (para). There is a third kind; those that don't know whether they exist or not. Why do we have to have a conclusion for every possibility? Are we afraid that we will appear uninformed, naive, or unwise if we simply admit that we have no reason to believe or disbelieve in a thing's existence? It's easy to form a conclusion that a thing must not exist because there is no proof of its existence, but the logic does not follow, then, that the thing must NOT exist. Only when you have turned over every rock in the universe looking for something can you state that a thing does not exist. But this does not mean that you believe a thing does not exist. Belief is a choice. We think beliefs are based on facts, but few are, tending far more often to be based on assumptions. I assume that bigfoot does not exist, but that does not mean that I have proof they don't. 

Engineer
Engineer

It sounds like fun to fly an RC blimp around the wilderness; I'll bet that would make for someone's entertaining reality TV.  Is it possible that Meldrum is just shaking the money tree?  He needs $300K for the blimp; I hope he remembers to get another few thousand for some better Bigfoot costumes.

ElviraStine
ElviraStine

IF THERE ARE ANY BIG FOOT OUT THERE.

THAN EVERYONE SHOULD LEAVE THEM ALONE

ARE  THEY BUGGING OR HAUNTING YOU ?? NO.SO WHY

SO WHY FINDING THEM  SO THEY GET CAUGHT 

FOR EXPERIMENTS  .THAT IS WRONG SO WRONG

 HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF THIS WHERE

YOU THEY WHERE LOOKING FOR ???

 I PRAY THAT GOD KEEP THEM SAFE ALL THE TIME, AMEN !

 ♥ ♥ SO LEAVE THEM ALONE ♥ ♥ 

Bigdawg
Bigdawg

Really? REALLY? As Bugs bunny would say, "What a maroon!"

dsarjeant88
dsarjeant88

“I think Bigfoot is blurry, that's the problem. There's a large out-of-focus monster roaming the countryside.”

wmirnatall
wmirnatall

I'm in!  I just told my husband I'm quitting my job to join the search.  Why is he laughing at me?  I would make an EXCELLENT bigfoot hunter because I am small, can get around in the woods pretty well, and I don't complain too much about achieving goals. 

JohnLittle
JohnLittle

I think were gonna need a bigger Blimp......... We are going in to get a bigger blimp.....

JohnLittle
JohnLittle

I once saw big foot........ made a sound I hope never to hear again....

claudiakiss
claudiakiss

If if if if BF exists it has to be the oldest creatute on earth otherwise there has t/b a breeding population which means there are more BFs roaming about which increases the likelihood of one being sighted 'specially a young one one 'cause the young of any species are most likely to wander off. Just saying...........

GhostBreakers
GhostBreakers

Although the idea of Bigfoot actually existing seems fascinating, no one I have seen to date is even going about finding one in a responsible manner to include Dr. Meldrum. Meldrum is an intelligent, educated man and should use that instead of associating with ridiculous TV shows like that Finding Bigfoot show. I will admit that is the best comedy on TV however.

If Meldrum wants to find Bigfoot (if any exist) then why not approach it responsibly. If they are going to make a TV show then why not make one responsibly. There are many facts to explore. One being Gigantopitecus. Other facts would be what is needed to sustain one and not just a food source for bears being abundant. No one knows what one would eat, nor any habits it may possess. So why are so many pursuing an unknown species like it was a known species. It has been labeled a primate but as we all know primates don't all look like monkeys nor all act entirely the same.

Even hunters of known species like, bears for instance, wouldn't necessarily hunt them all the same way.  Also, the people I see or hear about, go into the woods for a brief period expecting to find one. Ask Goodall how long she spent in the woods and she knew what she was studying, existed. Besides that if BF exists, he could smell you a mile off and would avoid you like the plague. There is so many things people are doing wrong in looking for a BF.

I wish I could talk to this Jeffery Meldrum guy. Here is a guy who has a Ph.D. in anatomical sciences, with an emphasis in biological anthropology. I know he is smarter than they portray him on TV sometimes. A blimp isn't going to do it. A logical responsible and maybe lengthy approach is what is needed which will at least let us know if it is worth pursuing. 

Just tired of all speculation, uncertainty, the blurry or far off videos, photos and all the single footprint casts. Why does BF only make one foot print? Is it a monoped? 

Ok, I am not saying there is or isn't a BF because I don't really know. Dr. Meldrum isn't going to contact me and I have had my little rant.  So, thank you.

floydcaveman
floydcaveman

I love that people keep proving beyond a doubt that he might exist.

John64
John64

Bigfoot is real. We have one living in the White house.

jim2lane
jim2lane

Every other animal that has ever existed on this planet has left behind a fossil record. But somehow a seven foot tall primate has evolved along side us and lives among us today without a single trace left behind?

ChangeAvatar
ChangeAvatar

They should start up a kickstarter account for this, they would raise that 300K easily.

KlausSmith
KlausSmith

What do God and Bigfoot have in common?  Answer:  they both don't exist.  Grow Up!

Sinmvooo
Sinmvooo

Man it must be cool to be a scientist!

www.Anon-Gotz.tk

mormandy3
mormandy3

Agreed, we have elderly people still stranded without heat, electricity, clean water, and food, and this dimwit is out searching for mythical creatures with a blimp. This is why I generally don't like humans.

mormandy3
mormandy3

So not a single piece of skeletal evidence is ever found, no live example ever photographed (not hoax photos), and people still believe in these silly mythical creatures. Might as well go on a unicorn hunt. Embarrassing.

MikeHumphrey
MikeHumphrey

Blimp, or dirigible? They're not the same thing. Which is it? And why would a Dirigible be needed? Blimps are generally far safer and less complex. (Dirigibles, having a solid frame, can get broken if caught by strong weather.)

TheCaz64
TheCaz64

I say good luck to Prof Meldrum.  Considering the evidence of recent denisova in Asia, the probability of a relic population in North America is worth investigating.

JanNebbeling
JanNebbeling

What a waste of money,pity in times like this.

DavidHutchinson
DavidHutchinson

I think the real story is that Time Magazine doesn't know what a scientist is.

davidmhaddad
davidmhaddad

I'd like to congratulate the author for putting the words "experts" in quotes ;-).

JoeCogan
JoeCogan

Umm, the headline says "scientist", but we learn in the second paragraph that he's actually an anthropologist. Which is unsurprising, since few actual scientists would bother to investigate a legendary being after the hoaxsters behind the most famous alleged sighting already confessed.

Martian_14
Martian_14

No wonder there are so  many Evolution deniers,  flat-earthers,  Genesis "literalists" by the millions in the country.

A college professor looking for Big Foot is ridiculous. What next? An expedition to look for Nessie?  Another to search for the Yeti?  

Another ominous sign of the dumbing down of America!

anation
anation

I'm glad to see someone from the scientific community finally tackle something of such great importance. We can now put behind us the pseudo science of climate change and space exploration.

TRIPS
TRIPS

BIGFOOT STEPED ON MY CAT  SO YEA I WANT TO FINE THEM  AND ASK THEM  Y  O  Y DID U STEPED ON MY  CAT

Engineer
Engineer

@GhostBreakers Because going about finding Bigfoot in a "responsible way" would make for boring TV and, most probably, no Bigfoot.  If Bigfoot does exist and isn't an immortal creature, then he/she/it must reproduce, so there should be multiple Bigfeet and we should occasionally find Bigfoot bones on the ground where they died ... unless they bury their dead, so there would have to be larger communities of Bigfeet dense enough to know that Grawr is missing, go find him, and bury him.  Given your assumption that Meldrum is intelligent and educated, that doen't guarantee that he isn't delusional, but maybe he's just smart enough to cash in on people who will buy books about and watch "reality" TV shows about a creature whom he knows is mythical.

Bozobub
Bozobub

@jim2lane Um, false.  It's been quite an issue for biologist/paleontologists that many species do NOT leave fossils.  You should google "missing link", jut for a start.

Bozobub
Bozobub

@mormandy3 Sorry, but no.  You simply choose to ignore that the very science you denigrate is responsible for that electricity, much of the food, and a vast number of other resources those people have and/or need.  You're just as short-sighted as people who say the same foolish crud about the space program. 

ClydeBarrow
ClydeBarrow

@mormandy3; As much as I think it would be cool to find one, I doubt it would happen. And as you stated no evidence of any kind has ever been found. Whatever others have seen, it isn't a Bigfoot. Too much time and money is being wasted on this effort when it could be spent on more important matters such as helping the folks in NYC because of the hurricane. 

timc1981
timc1981

Gotta disagree.  In science, there is rigor applied to solving problems.  There has not been sufficient rigor or evidence to disprove existence of a second species of biped in America.  I'm not saying I'm a believer, but I'm saying you misstate science.

Bozobub
Bozobub

@JoeCogan Anthropolgists are, in fact, considered to be scientists.  Your quibbling needs work.

JoeCogan
JoeCogan

@Bozobub @JoeCogan  Like psychology, anthropology is a "soft" science. Good luck convincing, say, a chemist, that they qualify for the epithet.