According to one local legend, the Honey Island Swamp Monster was once a human child who was abandoned in the area by its parents and raised by alligators in the uncharted regions of the swamp.
The Downriver Festival features live music, cooking demonstrations, panel discussions and more. The festival's 2016 theme is "Oysters and the Future of Our Coast," and panel discussions at the Old U.S. Mint address the oyster industry, coastal restoration and culinary topics. Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes (pictured) & Louisiana Sunspots, Fredy Omar con Su Banda, Honey Island Swamp Band and others perform at a stage at the Mint. There are cooking and oyster shucking demonstrations by chefs Kevin Belton and Jason Klutts and others at the French Market. Walking tours of Crescent Park, depart at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. from the Mint's first-floor gift shop. Free admission.
|Similar creatures||Skunk ape|
|Region||Honey Island Swamp, Louisiana|
|Habitat||Marshland / Swamp|
As night fell, they saw yellow eyes, set wide apart, watching them from the trees. The husband took a gun and went out into the woods. He was shocked when he came face to face with a creature that looked like an ape, about seven feet tall. He shot at it, but the creature fled into the night. When he returned to the campsite and described the strange beast to his wife, she told him he had just encountered the Honey Island swamp monster.
A few months before I arrived in Louisiana, two loggers, Earl Whitstine and Carl Dubois, reported sighting a hairy man-beast in a cypress swamp called Boggy Bayou in the central part of the state. Giant four-toed tracks and hair samples were discovered at the site, and soon others came forward to say they too had seen a similar creature. However, there were grounds for suspicion: twenty-five years earlier (i.e., not long after the 1974 Honey Island Swamp Monster reports), Whitstine’s father and some friends had sawed giant foot shapes from plywood and produced fake monster tracks in the woods of a nearby parish.