Posted by: Tony Carson | 26 September, 2007

Looking for Bigfoot with your morning coffee

Great news for Creature Searchers thanks to technology used to try to find adventurer Steve Fossett who went missing Sept. 3 about 70 miles southeast of Reno, Nevada, in a small plane.

Mechanical Turk is high-resolution satellite imagery of the search area that can be downloaded and used by PCs to thoroughly search for any abnormalities in a given area. So far, home computer searches have turned up several plane crash sites, some dating back to the 1950s, but as yet no Fossett.

But in a startlingly odd twist in the LiveScience article entitled Satellite Searches Could Spot Bigfoot, Loch Ness Monster ‘Bad Science Columnist’ Benjamin Radford suggests that the technology should be used to track “large, mysterious creatures reputed to inhabit the globe,” like BigFoot and the Loch Ness Monster-types.

A single 12-foot Bigfoot may or may not be hard to spot, but a family of them would be easier to find. Furthermore, there cannot be only one Bigfoot; there must be a breeding population of them, by some estimates 6,000 to 10,000 in North America alone. Surely a coordinated, close search of satellite images would reveal dozens, if not hundreds or thousands, of Bigfoot in remote areas at any given time.

The search could include bodies of water as well. Many lake monsters and sea serpents are reported to be 50 feet or longer, and surface regularly where they are seen. If armchair investigators are up to the task, they could monitor monster-inhabited lakes such as Scotland’s Loch Ness, Canada’s Lake Okanagan and America’s Lake Champlain using Google Earth technology. Monster buffs don’t need to dip their toes into cold lakes or brave the wilderness to search for their quarry; they can scan a dozen square miles over cup of hot coffee at their leisure.

So, if you’re looking for a little more meaning in your life, look to download Mechanical Turk. You may be just a few mouse clicks away from a place on the cover of Time.

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