Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

It is edited by CFZ Director Jon Downes, and subbed by the lovely Lizzy Bitakara'mire (formerly Clancy), scourge of improper syntax. The daily newsblog is edited by Corinna Downes, head administratrix of the CFZ, and the indexing is done by Lee Canty and Kathy Imbriani. There is regular news from the CFZ Mystery Cat study group, and regular fortean bird news from 'The Watcher of the Skies'. Regular bloggers include Dr Karl Shuker, Dale Drinnon, Richard Muirhead and Richard Freeman.The CFZ bloggo is updated daily, and there's nothing quite like it anywhere else. Come and join us...

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Sunday, May 10, 2009


These are two images from the CFZ Photo archives. They show a walrus that turned up - totally by chance - on the Suffolk coast one day.

The trouble is that my memory is failing, and although I know what we wrote the story up either for Animals & Men or for one of the yearbooks I cannot remember where.

This highlights the need for a general CFZ Index, but I won''t even attempt to start a project of that magnitude until the current indexing projects (bloggodex and archives) are completed, so it may be some time.

So in the meantime please forgive my fading memory, enjoy these rather special photographs and sit back with baited breath until somebody tells us the rest of the story..

1 comment:

Retrieverman said...

In Sea of Slaughter, Farley Mowat argues that the walrus in Europe actually occurred as far south as the Bay of Biscay in Europe and Cape Cod in North America. However, it possessed within its mouth a substance that European man coveted. Walruses were the main source of ivory for most Europeans until trade routes fully opened up Asia and Africa to elephant ivory. Further, the walruses could produce lots of oil for use as fuel and lubricants, and their notoriously thick hides could produce a very tough leather. Of course, we've seen to it that Walruses are now found only in the far reaches of the Arctic, but at one time they did regularly come south.