Lovers of Bigfoot have had their hopes dashed thousands of times, I would know. And on that front, Friday appears to be no different.
The Washington State Department of Transportation shared this latest "picture" of the fabled-but-hopefully-real cryptid. That agency uploaded an image from a traffic camera that appears to show a
squatch splotch. They also enhanced the image to make it look like it could be a humanoid creature walking upright, possibly even a human. Feel free to make your best guess.
“Sasquatch spotted!!!” said the author of the WSDOT tweet. “I’m not superstitious... just a little stitious. Have you noticed something strange on our Sherman Pass/SR 20 webcam before? If you look closely by the tree on the left there looks to be something ... might be Sasquatch... We will leave that up to you!"
Oregon Live points out that the agency's Twitter feed is "known for irreverence" which is unfortunate in this instance. Save that for the poison berry PSAs and alerts about missing hikers.
The tweet's replies were littered with very bad political jokes, but some sleuths attempted to take a guess at what it was.
The account did go on to respond to a number of speculative responses:
Additionally, the official WSDOT account for Snoqualmie Pass (also in Washington state) got in on this action. Don't feel free to speculate about what's shown in the video (I mean, just watch), but do feel free to also speculate about whether or not it's the same person running both these accounts.
In any case, there does seem to be something going on here; it just doesn't appear to be about finding Bigfoot. Just like Mr. Peanut's death, there better be an eventual payoff to this publicity stunt. Something akin to a Super Bowl ad, but on WSDOT's budget:
Sorry fellow squatchers, but you already know you get used to the disappointment.