Editor’s Note: This is a post by Bigfoot Evidence contributor, Damian Bravo, a Sasquatch believer. You can join Damian's group Sasquatch Lives? on Facebook and the group's official page at www.sasquatchlives.com.
In many sightings of Sasquatch we hear descriptions of glowing eyes, most commonly red glowing eyes. In the last article (How Sasquatch May Be Primal & Feral Yet Intelligent) I wrote about how Sasquatch could possibly be a mutation that occurred sometime in the evolutionary tree of hominids. Many of Sasquatch’s physical attributes have been spoken of as super human and unbelievable. Now let’s take a look at the eye shine many say they have seen in their sightings, but we will take a look at it from a biological and scientific point of view.
Is it possible for Sasquatch to have developed the ability to have natural night vision or could this night vision be some type of bioluminescence?
Night vision is what causes the reflected light that we see in the eyes of animals with this adaptation. To be more precise, a membrane (Tapetum lucidum) in the back layers of the eye reflects more light into the eye from the initial light source, giving the animal the ability to see at night.
Only two known primates have night vision, one is the Aye-aye Lemur (Daubentonia madagascariensis) and the other is the Sportive Lemur (L. sahamalazensis) which can only be found on the island of Madagascar.
Now if we take a look at the typical Sasquatch sightings, we know that the creature has been seen in daylight sightings, which contradicts some researchers who say these elusive creatures are predominantly nocturnal. So why would they have developed such an amazing ability if the reports show them to not actually be nocturnal? If the reports are correct then could it be that what some are seeing is a type of evolutionary adaptation.
In humans, some believe that certain emotions can cause the eyes to change colors. This change happens in the iris (the colored part of your eye), which gets its color from eumelanin (a type of melanin that is a black pigment). Eumelanin is produced by melanocytes (the cells that make melanin) and these pigment cells are found all over the body.
Now there are no known scientific connections that other chemical changes in the body would affect the color changes in the melanocytes. Since we have melanin all over the body the effects of these changes would not be exclusive of the iris only, it would make color changes in the melanin all over our skin.
Another fantastic part of Sasquatch is that some say they have seen the eyes glow red, as if they were emitting lights out of their eyes. If this is true, then it would be called bioluminescence and can only be found in certain types of bacteria, fungi, insects and ninety percent of deep ocean life.
In order to have these traits, whether chemical or as a result of symbiosis, certain requirements must be met to create this type of chemical reaction of light. In mammals, this trait was never developed and has never been documented in any known terrestrial animal.
If Sasquatch has developed any of these adaptations, then it would be an amazing mutation of primate genes. For this to be even possible, the Sasquatch species at one point in its evolution had to have these recessive genes either manifesting or mutating to become a permanent part of its genetic makeup.
In the Sasquatch case, we still need to consider other possible options. Without a body to examine we cannot know for certain or even assume that these genetic mutations are possible. During a discussion with my good friend and biologist Michael Merchant, it was mentioned that some recessive genes can manifest when inbreeding occurs in animals. If Sasquatch is one of the rarest animals on earth, the possibility of certain mutations happening can be accelerated by this inbreeding and may develop strange and potentially beneficial traits.
|Photo on left is an example, not an actual Bigfoot|
There have been many sightings that describe a creature with differences in size, color, and bulk. In the thousands of footprints that have been casted, three or four toes have been documented and even more than five. People that have seen Sasquatch have even stated that the creature had white hair, a sign of animal albinism. If this species exists and is so rare, Sasquatch could be limited to few choices for mates and the result could be the unusual traits and mutations that witnesses describe. These limited choices may have possibly created a species with remarkable adaptations beyond our imagination, waiting to be discovered.