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
Alisa (not verified) , Fri, 09/03/2021 - 09:51
My husband and I camped there at Caddo Lake, Tx and we heard the same noises from across the lake. I could not sleep the sounds were so loud unlike anything we had never heard before. We’ve never been back since.
Ron (not verified) , Mon, 09/06/2021 - 19:16
When was your encounter at Caddo lake ?
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
Ed (not verified) , Tue, 07/13/2021 - 05:32
Send it to Wes at Sasquatch Chronicles dot com
Isaac (not verified) , Wed, 08/11/2021 - 14:04
First things first. They are NOT Apes they are what we consider Hominoids, closer to humans. Some believe descendants of the Nephilim/Human breeding that occured in pre-history. They have been around longer than we have. They have abilities that we would consider paranormal and maybe even multi dimensional. Many native Americans tribes are familiar with their existence but keep tight lipped even among their own about their true nature.. It has been said that the medicine men(witch doctors) of tribes would join them in ritualistic worship to gain some of their abilities/knowledge. Their voiceboxes are much larger and more complex than ours and they can mimic any sound they hear. Its claimed that some are very dangerous and despise humans and some are indifferent and just want to avoid us at all costs. People at the top of societies are fully aware of them. Our military is aware of them and according to sources within they engaged and killed many of them over the years. Thousands of people have experienced them including 1 former president. The one who created the first national park I believe. I'm sure thousands more have experienced them and were either overcome with such fear that they never tell anyone because people are stupid and ridicule them. For a very long time those at the top who control everything have been conditioning us to be zombie like and that such topics are Myths and Legends. Sorry there are no such things as myths and legends. These things are based on fact and truth. Truth is this world once resembled a Lord of The Rings movie. The only Myth and Legend creators are our so called scientists. Truth is Darwin was one of the best fiction writers of all time.
Sherry (not verified) , Sun, 08/22/2021 - 12:28
They are actually demons in humanoid form. It's in the Bible. They can also go back & forth from our mortal realm, to the spiritual realm. They are here because in the last days on earth..during the apocalypse, people will flee into the mountains to hide from the anti-Christ. But the bigfoots & other monsters will chase everyone out. When my brother was 9 yrs old, he saw an 8-9 ft. tall monster with red eyes & huge fangs & claws in our back 15 acres of forest, 2 hrs. from Vancouver. He drew a picture as soon as he ran home, like the 6 million dollar man. It looked like a hideous dragon walking bipedal. These things are absolutely out in the deep woods & mountains. Read a Bible. It's God's word telling us about the future. Also read John 3:16 Most important verse ever.
Suspect At Best (not verified) , Tue, 09/07/2021 - 21:08
Could Bigfoots be real? Sure. Could those same Bigfoots be multidimensional beings that can turn invisible and kill lost hunters and hikers? Sure. But if that were true how would our primitive equipment EVER capture their sounds or physical forms? Beings of such power would never be worth seeking because we would never be able able observe them or learn about them. If bigfoots were simply intelligent forest dwelling humanoids that are masters of camouflage how would they not sense these hunters in the area? Why would they make themselves known? Coyotes and foxes are more than capable of producing human-sounding vocalizations especially if modulated by wind or the echoes over canyons and rocks then through trees inside of a echo chamber/shelter. The sounds are undeniably fascinating and interesting, and they may even be authentic but until a range of other very realistic possibilities are actually ruled out, Bigfoot is as likely a culprit as a Keebler elf.
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