A video purporting to show Bigfoot in a Michigan forest.
A video purporting to show Bigfoot in a Michigan forest.

The legend of Bigfoot got a new lease on life as some people in Michigan claim to have captured video of the ape-man.

The video, which was shot in May and appeared on the CarbonTV.com website, comes from a camera used to watch nesting eaglets at the Platte River State Fish Hatchery, about 50 kilometers west of Traverse City. At one point, a dark figure walking on two legs passes below the nest.

"Like most videos purported to be Bigfoot, it's grainy and out of focus — of course, the camera wasn't set up to be focused on the ground; it was focused on the nest," according to Ed Eisch, a manager at the Platte River hatchery, in an interview with the Detroit Free Press newspaper.

It’s the ideal kind of video for social media.

"From what we can see, what anybody can see with their plain eye, it’s up to interpretation," said CarbonTV executive director of content and marketing Daniel Seliger in an interview with the Free Press. "It’s definitely grounds for speculation as a legitimate sighting. But who knows?

"It's the kind of thing the Internet really loves."

An expert on the mythological creature is not convinced.

"It is an interesting video, but remains just that, given the lack of scale and detail in the image of the figure," said Jeff Meldrum, professor of anatomy and anthropology at Idaho State University, told the Free Press. "We're coming up on the 50th anniversary of the still-controversial Patterson-Gimlin film — a 60-second film clip of much higher quality, about which opinions remain polarized. By contrast, this eagle's nest video doesn't offer much by way of compelling evidence."