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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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

THE CFZ IN WINTER: Amphiuma Surprise

I always knew that my wife was a wonderful woman. Indeed it has never been in doubt. But due to this ridiculously cold weather, the amphiumas, who have spent the last five winters in unheated tanks in the museum have been brought into the kitchen until the end of the cold weather. Graham went up to the museum this morning and found ice on the tanks, and the water nearly freezing. Although there are accounts in the technical literature of these specialised amphiumas surviving being frozen solid, I don't want to put it to the test, and as Graham pointed out, the amphiumas may survive it, but the tanks almost certainly will not!

Richard Muirhead, on the other hand, wanted to know whether the little fellows would join us for a roast dinner on Christmas Day....

1 comment:

Syd said...

Maybe the amphiumas could end up being the roast dinner on Christmas Day if Jons turkey is not delivered in time.