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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Thursday, July 16, 2009

NAOMI WEST: Lampasas Land Monster

A recent discovery has been made in Lampasas County, Texas: a large land monster is said to inhabit an open field to the left of Highway 190 West.

Richie and I were fortunate enough to spot this monster on our way to Austin three days ago.

We immediately pulled off the road to take her picture before she could vanish. Amazingly, we succeeded in capturing two very clear shots of her, but the pictures have been met with skepticism, including the typical “Photoshop” allegation.

Out of deference to the Loch Ness Monster, Richie refers to the Lampasas Land Monster as “Lessie.” True to our photo, Lessie has been reported as having the appearance of a rust-colored serpent with a seahorse-shaped head and emerald green eyes. She has been seen by a surprising number of residents and commuters, and one lady even claims to have walked up and touched her. There is much speculation as to what she could be, the two most popular theories being:

1) an evolved species of sea serpent that adapted when the ocean disappeared from Central Texas, or
2) a carefully constructed formation of bulldozer tracks.

Eyewitness reports indicate that Lessie frequents the same general
area of the field, and tends to remain remarkably still during
sightings. They say the best chances of spotting her are when the
grass is mowed.

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