Ever heard the "Samurai Sounds," a Supposedly Real Recording of Bigfoot(s)?

What noise does a Bigfoot make?  

Tell five Montanans to close their eyes and picture a Bigfoot and I reckon all five of them will picture a tall, hairy, broad-shouldered ape man that probably looks like the titular Harry of "Harry and the Hendersons." But what do Bigfoots (the plural of Bigfoot is Bigfoots; never say Bigfeet or your Bigfoot devotee friends will slap the word out of your mouth) sound like? Do they sound like samurais in old movies?


Take these recording, made in the Sierra Nevada mountains in California way back in 1971 by Al Berry, a skeptical reporter investigating the Bigfoot phenomenon, and his buddy Ron Moorehead. They were setting up camp for the night somewhere between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park. One night they woke up to hear some genuinely bizarre cries.  Here is Morehead discussing the audio on a radio show appearance from April.

In Berry's words: 

"As dusk became dark night, something approached camp from a ridge above, rapping on wood or rocks as it came, and when it arrived, two voices that I could discern, it vocalized, and the sounds carried through the trees as I have never heard human voices carry every before or since. And it whistled, a clear, beautiful whistle like a bird might make, between its kind, and at one point back and forth with us."

According to Berry, this went one for some time: "This encounter went on for nearly an hour and a half, and another followed on the second night, and there were other encounters I can attest to later that season. I was able to get reasonably good tape recordings of the sounds and interaction, and we cast several of the foot impressions, both in pine mat and snow. I looked high and low for evidence of the joke, including searching the others' belongings while they were away hunting. I wasn't a novice investigator of facts, but I came home stumped, basically with nothing to write about until the story unraveled by itself or I helped in with further research and investigation."

The strange vocalizations became known to some as the "samurai sounds," due to an almost uncanny resemblance to the expressive style favored in old samurai films like those by Kurosawa.

Watch this scene from Kurosawa's classic "Yojimbo" and compare.  

Experts have studied the audio, and many claim that human vocal cords could not produce the noises. Last year, Scott Nelson, a retired crytpolinguist formerly in the employ of the Navy, told the Hastings Tribune that when he heard the recording his "whole world changed.... it took my out of my paradigm." In fact, he says that he has since become confident that they represent an intelligent language, probably being "spoken" by a family of intelligent, humanoid beings."  

Here's a possibility that so far no one has considered: could there be a lost colony of samurai roving West of the Continental Divide?

You decide, fair reader.

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JC (not verified) , Sat, 01/23/2021 - 13:40
Have I heard those sounds? Yes, actually. Mid 80s. In CA, near Dorrington, specifically at Boards Crossing. There with 4 other people, one of them of Asian descent remarked "how does he know I'm Japanese?" The same person noticed movement beneath cover across the river canyon. Sounds did not seem mechanically reproduced, and did not contain the kind of variety Morehead recorded. Basically it was all Samurai Chatter. I called out similarly and received replies at least twice It's important to note that there were 2 individuals in the area, 75-100 yards away, so it may have emanated from them, but to my ears sounded like it was coming from further off, and at a different angle.
Chris (not verified) , Fri, 03/26/2021 - 14:15
All I can say is as soon as I heard the sounds it just felt like a powerful surge in my soul. Honestly I don't think I have ever felt such a feeling deep down in my gut and all over. Those are some absolutely powerful sounds. The idea of communication going on is utterly astounding. It seems they might like to mimic. The aggressive speak seems almost like it is saying words it has heard. Or it could be their language. Listening to the voices has been like nothing I've ever experienced. This is just convincing. I have wanted and believed them to be real my whole life almost. They are right where they should be. Even Jane said this primate could exist. How about that. This is more convincing then every video I have ever seen.
Thomas Gomez (not verified) , Tue, 04/27/2021 - 02:00
I’m in Caddo Lake, TX right now. Woke up to some unrecognizable chatter from across the lake. Used my cell phone to record it. It’s sounds a lot like these ones here but real faint. It’s 3 am so I’m out listening and recording
Ana diaz (not verified) , Fri, 05/28/2021 - 19:29
whoa! I would love to hear them
Grant A (not verified) , Tue, 06/01/2021 - 10:55
A buddy of mine who is Native (Wiyot Tribe, Northern California) told me a bunch of Squatch stories - most of which denoted the creature as a 'Forest Steward/Protector' type of character that would often follow people and sometimes even watch over women and children from a distance when they were out foraging away from their villages.

However one story stood out and it was much like what was recorded here...
He and a couple other Wiyot were camping/hunting one night and they heard what he described as two hushed voices speaking to each other in a foreign language - he even described it an Asian-sounding language. They were all freaked out by it and one of the group was so scared that he tried to convince himself into denial about the entire experience
Anonymous (not verified) , Mon, 06/21/2021 - 03:41
Where can I send my recording of bigfoot to see if it's a primate
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