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Santa Cruz Sasquatch Bigfoot

Bigfoot of Santa Cruz County

Believe it or not, Bigfoot, also known as a Sasquatch, among other things is said to roam the backwoods of Santa Cruz County. There have been reports of more than 160 experiences with the beast just within the Santa Cruz Mountains. There’s been so many sightings and substantial evidence that not only does the county have its own Bigfoot museum, even Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot came to Santa Cruz in 2014 to investigate our major hot spot located at the Quail Hollow Ranch in Ben Lomond, California.

Santa Cruz Sasquatch Bigfoot

Bigfoot of Santa Cruz County

Deep in the Santa Cruz Mountains along Highway 9, stands The Bigfoot Discovery Museum, owned by Michael Rugg and Paula Yarr. As a child, Michael witnessed a Bigfoot while camping in Garberville, California. For more than fifty years he has researched, investigated, and searched for the proof of Sasquatch. The Bigfoot Museum opened in 1998. As soon as it did, local witnesses started coming in to talk about their experiences with the Bigfoot around the Santa Cruz Mountains. Several residents have said they heard large, heavy footsteps and breathing on their porches at night. One local from Felton in particular couldn’t wait to share his story with Rugg. Earlier that year, he claimed to see a Sasquatch walking across a ridge behind his home near the Zayante Creek during broad daylight.

Santa Cruz Sasquatch Bigfoot

Bigfoot of Santa Cruz County

The Bigfoot Discovery Project is run with the help of paranormal enthusiast and Sasquatch hunter, Ralph Jack. Ralph has been interested in Bigfoot for decades and has had encounters with the beast as well. In 2011, while hunting for a Yeti late in the night in Big Basin, Mike and Ralph recorded at least four loud calls from anomalies, and received other vocalizations as well. One scream lasted up to fifty seconds.

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Along with hearing about local sightings from Rugg at the museum, you can observe the large map on their wall with dozens of thumb tacks showing where Bigfoot has been sighted in our county. Rugg has several recordings of unexplainable howls in the night and sounds of heavy tree branches smacking each other. (Many researchers believe that’s how the Sasquatches communicate with one another.)


Rugg once found a big tooth and showed it to five dentists on separate occasions. They all concluded that “the tooth looked just like a human’s upper molar, but it was way too big.”

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In 2003, a couple eye witnesses reported seeing Bigfoot in their back yard one night, after hearing loud footsteps, grunting sounds, and their pet chicken cackle from across their back porch. When they went out back to investigate the uncanny sounds, they saw a large dark figure leap over their six-foot gate and run off into the woods. The next morning, Michael Rugg came to check out the scene in Ben Lomond. Right behind the gate there was a trail of plucked chicken feathers leading down further into the wilderness. Rugg followed the trail and it lead him to the chicken that had been stolen and killed the night before. They wondered why something would just hunt for their food and then leave it. The owners then recalled turning on their backyard lights after the incident, which probably scared the monster away.


Another encounter scared the daylights out of a Boulder Creek local, who was hanging out in his hot tub around 2 AM one night. The victim was just relaxing when he heard and felt a huge banging coming from underneath the hot tub, shaking it and the deck it sat on. The Boulder Creek local jumped out of his hot tub and ran into his house. The next day he went to investigate what he had experienced the night before. Below the tall deck was something the local had never seen before. A pair of plastic karate nun-chucks were placed neatly right below where the local had been sitting in his hot tub the night before. He felt as if the child’s toy was deliberately placed there for him. The local decided to go ask his next door neighbor if she had any idea whose they were. Surprisingly they belonged to his neighbor’s son, who had lost the nun-chucks in the woods about ten to eleven years ago. It is believed by many that Bigfoot is known to bring gifts to people. Rugg and the victim hypothesized that the hairy beast needed to get the local’s attention so that he would find his prize.

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In 2003, a couple eye witnesses reported seeing Bigfoot in their back yard one night, after hearing loud footsteps, grunting sounds, and their pet chicken cackle from across their back porch. When they went out back to investigate the uncanny sounds, they saw a large dark figure leap over their six-foot gate and run off into the woods. The next morning, Michael Rugg came to check out the scene in Ben Lomond. Right behind the gate there was a trail of plucked chicken feathers leading down further into the wilderness. Rugg followed the trail and it lead him to the chicken that had been stolen and killed the night before. They wondered why something would just hunt for their food and then leave it. The owners then recalled turning on their backyard lights after the incident, which probably scared the monster away.


Another encounter scared the daylights out of a Boulder Creek local, who was hanging out in his hot tub around 2 AM one night. The victim was just relaxing when he heard and felt a huge banging coming from underneath the hot tub, shaking it and the deck it sat on. The Boulder Creek local jumped out of his hot tub and ran into his house. The next day he went to investigate what he had experienced the night before. Below the tall deck was something the local had never seen before. A pair of plastic karate nun-chucks were placed neatly right below where the local had been sitting in his hot tub the night before. He felt as if the child’s toy was deliberately placed there for him. The local decided to go ask his next door neighbor if she had any idea whose they were. Surprisingly they belonged to his neighbor’s son, who had lost the nun-chucks in the woods about ten to eleven years ago. It is believed by many that Bigfoot is known to bring gifts to people. Rugg and the victim hypothesized that the hairy beast needed to get the local’s attention so that he would find his prize.

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The Museum also has numerous foot casts of Sasquatch from various locations over the years. It provides lots of photos and tons of memorabilia of the legendary Bigfoot, as well as showing the famous Patterson-Gimlin film that’s played there throughout the day. (In 1967, the Patterson film was recorded by Roger Patterson in Bluff Creek. There, Roger filmed a Bigfoot walking along the creek into the woods.)

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Patterson-Gimlin film, 1967

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In 2003, a couple eye witnesses reported seeing Bigfoot in their back yard one night, after hearing loud footsteps, grunting sounds, and their pet chicken cackle from across their back porch. When they went out back to investigate the uncanny sounds, they saw a large dark figure leap over their six-foot gate and run off into the woods. The next morning, Michael Rugg came to check out the scene in Ben Lomond. Right behind the gate there was a trail of plucked chicken feathers leading down further into the wilderness. Rugg followed the trail and it lead him to the chicken that had been stolen and killed the night before. They wondered why something would just hunt for their food and then leave it. The owners then recalled turning on their backyard lights after the incident, which probably scared the monster away.


Another encounter scared the daylights out of a Boulder Creek local, who was hanging out in his hot tub around 2 AM one night. The victim was just relaxing when he heard and felt a huge banging coming from underneath the hot tub, shaking it and the deck it sat on. The Boulder Creek local jumped out of his hot tub and ran into his house. The next day he went to investigate what he had experienced the night before. Below the tall deck was something the local had never seen before. A pair of plastic karate nun-chucks were placed neatly right below where the local had been sitting in his hot tub the night before. He felt as if the child’s toy was deliberately placed there for him. The local decided to go ask his next door neighbor if she had any idea whose they were. Surprisingly they belonged to his neighbor’s son, who had lost the nun-chucks in the woods about ten to eleven years ago. It is believed by many that Bigfoot is known to bring gifts to people. Rugg and the victim hypothesized that the hairy beast needed to get the local’s attention so that he would find his prize.


In 2012, a Bigfoot was sighted and heard at the ranch by two different individuals within two weeks of each other. A couple hiking at Quail Hollow Ranch in May of 2012, shared their encounter:

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In 2003, a couple eye witnesses reported seeing Bigfoot in their back yard one night, after hearing loud footsteps, grunting sounds, and their pet chicken cackle from across their back porch. When they went out back to investigate the uncanny sounds, they saw a large dark figure leap over their six-foot gate and run off into the woods. The next morning, Michael Rugg came to check out the scene in Ben Lomond. Right behind the gate there was a trail of plucked chicken feathers leading down further into the wilderness. Rugg followed the trail and it lead him to the chicken that had been stolen and killed the night before. They wondered why something would just hunt for their food and then leave it. The owners then recalled turning on their backyard lights after the incident, which probably scared the monster away.


Another encounter scared the daylights out of a Boulder Creek local, who was hanging out in his hot tub around 2 AM one night. The victim was just relaxing when he heard and felt a huge banging coming from underneath the hot tub, shaking it and the deck it sat on. The Boulder Creek local jumped out of his hot tub and ran into his house. The next day he went to investigate what he had experienced the night before. Below the tall deck was something the local had never seen before. A pair of plastic karate nun-chucks were placed neatly right below where the local had been sitting in his hot tub the night before. He felt as if the child’s toy was deliberately placed there for him. The local decided to go ask his next door neighbor if she had any idea whose they were. Surprisingly they belonged to his neighbor’s son, who had lost the nun-chucks in the woods about ten to eleven years ago. It is believed by many that Bigfoot is known to bring gifts to people. Rugg and the victim hypothesized that the hairy beast needed to get the local’s attention so that he would find his prize.

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I find one of the most popular questions skeptics say is “Well, if there is such thing as Bigfoot, why hasn’t anyone found a body?” There are a few alleged reasons that a Bigfoot corpse has never been found. Rugg pointed out that, statistically, when an animal dies in the woods, its body can be completely gone and eaten by other animals within five to seven days. Unless there are people hiking out in the deep woods around the time the Bigfoot had died, the chances of finding a corpse or remains (of any animal really) isn’t very likely. Some researchers believe that Bigfoot lives underground and stays there the majority of the time, so they would most likely die underground, where no one would ever discover a body. Some also believe that Sasquatches bury their dead.  


Also, several Bigfoot researchers believe in the theory that Bigfoot is from another dimension, and is able to go in and out of our dimension (much like spirits do).   

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Bigfoot has been seen, investigated, and talked about for hundreds of years. The Ohlone Indians called Bigfoot “Chuntana” and would warn the Indian children to stay close to their campsite at night or the “Chuntana” would get them.


There are theories that Bigfoot and aliens are linked and that Bigfoot may even be from outer space. Dozens of people from around the US have sighted a Bigfoot and a UFO near each other, or in the same vicinity as one another.

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Here’s a list of just a few places of reported Bigfoot sightings within the County:


- Granite Creek Road, Scotts Valley

- Pogonip, Santa Cruz

- Highway 152, Watsonville

- Zayante, Felton

- Quail Hollow Ranch, Ben Lomond

- Highway 1

- Big Basin, Boulder Creek

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Possible Bigfoot apparition, photo taken by Mike Rugg during a Bigfoot Investigation in the  Santa Cruz Mountains 

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Sea Monster of Monterey Bay

Sea Monster of Monterey Bay

A sea monster by the name of “Old Man of Monterey Bay” has been sighted on several occasions, with reports dating as far back as the 1920s, regarding a creature that’s about 30 to 40 feet long that swims right below the surface of the ocean at times. 


In 1922, a fisherman was sailing home when he saw something bobbing up and down in the ocean about a half a mile away. Worried that it might be someone in danger he sped over to it. Within about 100 feet, he noticed it wasn’t human, but a sea monster. The Captain described the creature to have a head the size of a 50-gallon drum and its forehead was huge and protruding. Standing there staring at the monster’s unearthly face, the fisherman recalled that there had just been reports of two fishermen who had vanished while at sea. Quickly, he turned on the boat’s engine and headed back home, deciding that he wouldn’t tell anyone about the incident.


In 1925, a creature which is believed to be a Beaked Whale, or a Plesiosaurus, washed up on the shore two miles north of Santa Cruz. Some locals and researchers believed that this sea creature is what had been spotted for the last few years, and that the found creature was the “Old Man of Monterey Bay.” – But it wasn’t.

Sea Monster of Monterey Bay

Sea Monster of Monterey Bay

A sea monster by the name of “Old Man of Monterey Bay” has been sighted on several occasions, with reports dating as far back as the 1920s, regarding a creature that’s about 30 to 40 feet long that swims right below the surface of the ocean at times. 


In 1922, a fisherman was sailing home when he saw something bobbing up and down in the ocean about a half a mile away. Worried that it might be someone in danger he sped over to it. Within about 100 feet, he noticed it wasn’t human, but a sea monster. The Captain described the creature to have a head the size of a 50-gallon drum and its forehead was huge and protruding. Standing there staring at the monster’s unearthly face, the fisherman recalled that there had just been reports of two fishermen who had vanished while at sea. Quickly, he turned on the boat’s engine and headed back home, deciding that he wouldn’t tell anyone about the incident.

Bobo Sea Monster of Monterey Bay

Sea Monster of Monterey Bay

The sea monster was sighted by many other fishermen over the years and was referred to by some as “Bobo – The Old Man of the Sea.” Bobo was sighted in 1940 near the Monterey Trench by another captain and his crew. In the late 1940s, a sudden increase in sightings was reported near Monterey, Pacific Grove, and Fort Ord.

Sea Monster of Monterey Bay

Sea Monster of Monterey Bay

The sea monster was sighted by many other fishermen over the years and was referred to by some as “Bobo.” Bobo was sighted in 1940 near the Monterey Trench by another captain and his crew. In the late 1940s, a sudden increase in sightings was reported near Monterey, Pacific Grove, and Fort Ord.

Sea Monster of Monterey Bay

Sea Monster of Monterey Bay

The sea monster was sighted by many other fishermen over the years and was referred to by some as “Bobo – The Old Man of the Sea.” Bobo was sighted in 1940 near the Monterey Trench by another captain and his crew. In the late 1940s, a sudden increase in sightings was reported near Monterey, Pacific Grove, and Fort Ord.

Sea Monster of Monterey Bay

Sea Monster of Monterey Bay

In 1948, The Old Man of the Sea was seen by nine crew members on the Monterey Trench. The crew members observed the sea creature’s long neck six feet above the water line. They said the monster looked humanoid and “had a flat nose and large blinking eyes.” 

Old Man of Monterey Bay sea monster

Sea Monster of Monterey Bay

Bobo was rarely reported after 1948. Although rumors still flock the town that some fisherman do spot the sea monster, but are just reluctant to report it to the papers in concern of harming their reputations.


Additional Information:

- There have been several reports of the Sea Monster spotted south of the Santa Cruz wharf over the years.

Sea Monster of Monterey Bay

Sea Monster of Monterey Bay

The sea monster was sighted by many other fishermen over the years and was referred to by some as “Bobo – The Old Man of the Sea.” Bobo was sighted in 1940 near the Monterey Trench by another captain and his crew. In the late 1940s, a sudden increase in sightings was reported near Monterey, Pacific Grove, and Fort Ord.

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Sea Monster of Monterey Bay


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UFO Sightings of Santa Cruz County

Legend has it that a UFO base is located in the deep waters of the Monterey Bay. Many have seen unidentified flying objects fly over Santa Cruz County, as well as Salinas and Monterey, California. Others have witnessed a UFO crashing into the sea. Some claim to have seen a disc-shaped craft, while others have seen random flickering lights.

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UFO Sightings of Santa Cruz County

Over the years there have been an abundant amount of reports of seeing alien spacecrafts fly over Santa Cruz County.

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UFO Sightings of Santa Cruz County


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UFO Sightings of Santa Cruz County


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UFO Sightings of Santa Cruz County


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UFO Sightings of Santa Cruz County


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UFO Sightings of Santa Cruz County


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UFO Sightings of Santa Cruz County


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UFO Sightings of Santa Cruz County


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UFO Sightings of Santa Cruz County


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UFO Sightings of Santa Cruz County


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UFO Sightings of Santa Cruz County

On the night of September 26, 2005, a family in Watsonville spotted a UFO flying overhead for 45 minutes. “The object was black and triangular shaped just hovering…it was similar to a manta ray with no tail bobbing in the sky,” National UFO Reporting Center Website.


On July 18, 2009, a couple from Santa Cruz captured what is believed to be a UFO on film. They noticed the UFO on three separate occasions that night and caught it flying over the Monterey Bay in Santa Cruz. In their video footage, dark orange colored lights are moving around and fading in and out. Their neighbors confirmed of seeing the lights as well, along with many other local residents. The sighting was reported on the Central Coast News.


Four people observed six UFOs flying over the Monterey Bay in Santa Cruz on May 1, 2010. They reported to the UFOs Northwest website, “The lights were extremely bright orange and seemed to gain altitude as they headed south towards Monterey. After several minutes they disappeared into the clouds. The objects made no noise and seemed to float like giant glowing balloons.” A man reported the same sighting the following day and described the UFOs to look similar to soap bubbles.


On November 19, 2010, a UFO was reported by an individual who wrote, “I saw four red orbs flying below cloud cover at 8:40 PM and stopped my car to get out and observe. Another driver did the same. The orbs were very odd and they were definitely not an aircraft,” UFOs Northwest website. The next morning another witness reported the same sighting.


On New Year’s Eve, 2010, another local from Santa Cruz filmed a UFO that looked very similar to the UFO seen in 2009. This particular object had one flickering light and emitted a loud unknown buzzing sound. (Many have reported hearing humming or buzzing sounds near the bay at times and believe it’s linked to the UFOs.)


On April 16, 2011 right before sunset, four people witnessed nine objects flying in an odd pattern in the sky above Santa Cruz. The sighting was reported to the UFOs Northwest website, which states, “There were about seven that flew in an odd pattern with two traveling behind. The initial seven seemed to disappear into the sky. The two traveling behind seemed to disappear in the same location. Then two more came into sight in the same trailing pattern to the main group. All objects appeared orange in the sunset sky and then twinkled out and disappeared.”


In December of 2013, at around 1 AM my friend and I witnessed what we believe to be a group of UFOs. While we were smoking a cigarette outside on her balcony overlooking the boardwalk, we saw these multi-colored lights way up in the sky above the ocean. They were moving fast creating a circle, and then began weaving in and out of each other for a few minutes. Then suddenly, several (about 20) smaller lights came out from the main lights, which danced around and mostly circled each other at high speed for about 10 minutes. We even saw a plane fly by (much lower than the lights) and it wasn't going nearly as fast as the lights were. I had never seen anything like it, and it took me by such surprise, of course I first wondered if I was just seeing things. I asked my friend, “Ummm ... are you seeing what I'm seeing?!!!"

“Hell yeah,” she replied. “This is f***ing insane!!!!” About a month after our encounter, I researched online and found that someone had seen them as well, that very night from their home in Boulder Creek.

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UFO Sightings of Santa Cruz County

At 5:00 AM, on December 27, 2015 in Santa Cruz, California, another local had an un-explainable encounter:

“I sat on my bed and gazed out the window (facing north/west) and noticed what I thought was an airplane. The lights appeared a little bit more intense than a normal plane, so I got up and walked to the window to get a closer view. When I got to the window I noticed that the object appeared to just be hovering with slight flutters in movement. The lights on the bottom had no unique intensity in color but they were constantly flashing and appeared to have some pattern or sequence to them ... I'm not very good at judging distance, but it appeared as if it was two or more miles away and lower than a commercial jet would fly; but similar to the height that a jet would fly. It was hard to get a good solid look at any detail because of the distance ... I watched it hover and do its light show for about 10 minutes, and then I had to leave the room to get ready for work. When I came back to the room 40 minutes later it was gone. I did not take a picture because the distance of the object would have not provided any details that would have been helpful.” –ufostalker.com

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UFO Sightings of Santa Cruz County


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UFO Sightings of Santa Cruz County