Maya Bykova

Species : Yeti

Country : Russia

One of the leading Russian authorities on Bigfoot was Maya Bykova, who passed away in 1996, leaving behind a legacy of serious scientific inquiry into the phenomenon. Bykova graduated from the Moscow Agricultural Academy in 1955.

Since 1972 she had organized a dozen expeditions to search for traces of animals unknown to science. None of the expeditions enjoyed the support of official bodies.

Maya Bykova  authored three books on Bigfoot (naming it Relict Hominoid): A Legend for Adults; He Is, Though He Must Not Be; and Not That Frightful Thing.

In 1992, she took part in an expedition on the Kola island where she sighted a creature called ‘Mecheny’

On Saturday, August 15, Volodya, Nadya, myself, and their three-month old puppy, named Box (the old dog was no longer alive) set out for the cherished hunting cabin. The path was difficult, the last leg passing through bogs, so we reached our destination in the evening pretty worn-out. Before settling down for the night, Volodya put some logs under the window and covered them with a piece of plywood used for drying cedar nuts. “Lest he surprises us,” said Volodya. His foresight was not in vain. At dawn we heard someone step on the plywood and make two quick knocks on the window.

I shot out from the bed, dashed to the door, threw off the hook, and popped outdoors. Volodya and Nadya, fearing for my safety, followed suit. It was dawning and the first thing I saw in front of me was a white spot against a dark background of trees. After that I saw his figure. He was standing five meters away. His right shoulder leaning against the bark less trunk of a dead cedar. Sharply in view were the white forearm and brightly glowing red eyes. Detail. He stood two meters, give or take five centimeters. Looking down at us (Volodya is 180 centimeters tall, I am 168, Nadya is shorter), he shifted his glance from one to another and made a sound, something like “Khe” as if clearing his throat without parting the lips. On the whole, judging by his build, especially the lower extremities, he resembled a man, not an ape or a bear standing on the hind legs.

But like an animal he was covered all over with fur, some six or seven centimeters long, red-brown in color, except the left forearm which, as already mentioned, was white. I drew the creature’s portrait from head to foot as it stuck in my memory. The head, when facing me, looked round, but later, when he turned, I noticed that the back of the head was elongated. The hair on the head was short, no more than three centimeters, I did not see any skin on the face, it was all covered with hair, including the ears, the nose and the nostrils. I could only see his eyes, almond-shaped like a man’s but sunken under prominent brow ridges.

The jaws were slightly put forward and showed a long narrow slit of the mouth. The head sat right on the shoulders, without a neck. The shoulders were strikingly wide and strongly muscled. Such musculature in humans can only be seen in body-builders. The chest was powerful and barrel-like. Hefty arms, set somewhat forward, hung loosely down. Their relative length seemed within human proportions. The hands were enormous and shaped like scoops. I could see the skin of the palms and it was reddish. In the groin the hair was longer, the genitals were not seen. The legs were long and straight, with enormous feet. They were also covered with hair and I did not see any skin.