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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Saturday, April 18, 2009

GLEN VAUDREY: Two-headed mermaid in Warrington

Glen is one of the newer additions to the bloggo family. He wrote to me out of the blue last year to ask whether we wanted a Western Isles volume in our Mystery Animals of Britain series. We argeed that we did indeed want one, and commissioned him. What we were not expecting was such a bloody good writer and all round nice guy, who - by the way - is writing several other volumes for us...

Having seen the fabulous picture of the two faced lamb on the blog I was reminded of an exhibit in Warrington museum the two headed mermaid.

This particular Feejee mermaid found its way into the museums collection in 1913 following its donation by a Captain Waring who had bought the item in Japan sometime between 1880 and 1890. Sadly it’s not a genuine conjoined merperson but rather a fanciful construct; nevertheless it is rather striking in a malevolent kind of way

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday’s News Today


Today, being a Saturday, is the day for tea of the week with the cryptozoology news update. This week’s tea is Shou Mei, try it with a dash of vanilla and no milk. Here is the news:

Is this the First Photographic Evidence of the Elusive Fen Tiger
New big cat sighting in Norfolk
Riddle of 'big cat' seen in Lancashire dock
Do big cats really prowl in Sir Paul McCartney's backyard?
Dad shocked by new big cat sighting
'Large cat-like creatures' may be prowling around Palisades
Mystery beast is boosting tourism
All Octopuses Are Venomous
26 kids... well I was egged on
Bertie is 3's mane selling point
Wanted: Tough Guys For Mars Mission
Abandoned baby kangaroo
White Highland Calf
Pandas opt for low-cal sweeteners

Maybe so, but it’d be wrong to ‘panda’ to them by giving them chemicals rather than just normal sugar though.