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Portlock, Alaska - Season 4

Tucked away on the Kenai Peninsula, on the south coast of Alaska, the former fishing village of Portlock is more than a mere geographical location. In the annals of cryptozoology, it carries a mystique and allure, largely due to persistent tales of the legendary creature known as Bigfoot, or Sasquatch. Theories abound, but the crux of the matter always returns to the enigma of Bigfoot sightings that shroud the otherwise serene Portlock in an aura of mystery.

Historical Background

The area around Portlock was inhabited by the Sugpiaq people for centuries before Russian and American settlers arrived. They named it "Nantinaq", a term referring to a dangerous supernatural entity believed to reside there. The village was renamed Portlock in 1915, after Nathaniel Portlock, a British sea captain who explored the area in the late 18th century. Throughout its history, locals and visitors alike have reported sightings of a large, hairy creature lurking in the forests, with footprints far larger than those of any human.

Vanishing Village

Perhaps the most significant event in Portlock's history occurred in the 1940s, when the entire population decided to abandon the village. The reason for this mass exodus is attributed to a series of unexplained disappearances and gruesome deaths, all rumored to be the work of the elusive Bigfoot. The townspeople reported strange happenings, peculiar noises, and the constant sense of an unseen presence watching them. These experiences, coupled with the fear of the unknown, led the locals to seek refuge elsewhere, leaving Portlock a ghost town.

The Bigfoot Theories

Supernatural Entity: Drawing on native folklore, some believe that the Sasquatch of Portlock is a supernatural entity, possibly the "Nantinaq" feared by the Sugpiaq. This theory suggests that the creature is a protector of the land, using fear to drive away those who would disturb the natural balance.

Gigantopithecus Survival: Another theory postulates that the creature could be a surviving remnant of Gigantopithecus, a prehistoric ape that lived in Asia millions of years ago. This species, the largest primate known to have existed, matches descriptions of Bigfoot in its imposing stature and bipedal locomotion. It's hypothesized that some Gigantopithecus might have migrated across the Bering land bridge during the Pleistocene epoch and found a home in North America.

Misidentification and Hoaxes: Skeptics argue that the Sasquatch sightings in Portlock are either mistaken identifications of common wildlife, such as bears, or deliberate hoaxes designed to stir up interest and attract visitors. In a region where large mammals are abundant, it's easy for someone to mistake a bear standing on its hind legs for a Sasquatch, especially if they are already predisposed to believe in its existence.


Regardless of one's belief in the existence of Bigfoot, the tales of Portlock, Alaska, paint a fascinating picture of the enduring appeal of folklore, the power of fear, and the human tendency to seek out mysteries. As of now, the truth behind Portlock's Bigfoot remains elusive, lost amidst the whispers of the past, shrouded in the dense Alaskan wilderness. Whether a cryptid roams these lands, or it's simply a tale spun from misidentifications and imagination, Portlock stands as a captivating chapter in the vast anthology of Bigfoot lore.

Listen to Season 4 "Portlock" (Parts 1-3) of Bigfoot Classified

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