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, January 09, 2010


A year ago today we were surrounded by all sorts of weirdness and controversy after a dead seal washed up on Croyde beach. Various papers and pundits announced that it was the carcass of the Beast of Exmoor when it was obviously no such thing. We retrieved the skull for posterity and got attacked in the national press for having done so.

Of course I blogged about it, and as we discovered that putting multiple blogs out on the same day suddenly upped the hits on the blog from about thirty a day to nearly five hundred we decided to continue. Quickly it evolved into what was essentially a daily magazine, and eventually into what you are reading now.

So I would like to thank everyone who has been involved over the last year. There isn't room for me to list everyone, but I would like to single out my wife Corinna, Richard Muirhead, Dale Drinnon, Oll Lewis, and my sub-editor Lizzy Clancy who are involved on a daily or pretty well a daily basis. It takes a lot of committment, and I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart. It means a lot to me.
Now for year 2.

1 comment:

Ego Ronanus said...

Ah, a picture of me. How flattering.