This morning, the Tennessee Aquarium received two photographs of what seems to be a Sasquatch-like figure inside the Cove Forest of the River Journey building. The figure in the photos appears to stand over five feet tall, walks upright and is covered in brown fur.
The first photo was taken by a horticulture volunteer at the entrance to the Cove Forest before the aquarium opened for the day. In this photo, only the lower half of the creature’s body was captured.
Shortly after receiving the first photo, a second one was turned in by an anonymous visitor. In the second shot, the creature can be seen above the waterfall to the right of the otter exhibit.
Aquarium staff is looking into these strange sightings. “We have never had a Bigfoot sighting in the Aquarium until today,” said Kevin Calhoon, the Aquarium’s assistant curator of forests. “Although it’s hard to believe, I can understand why a Bigfoot might feel right at home in the Cove Forest exhibit.” A quick check of records determined that Bigfoot sightings in the wild typically occur in early March. Calhoon and others hypothesize that this creature, which appears to have a winter “brown phase” coat, might have stayed in hibernation during the recent cold weather and chose April 1st to emerge from its den.
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