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, April 08, 2010


I missed this when it first came out, but the first line is so dubious-sounding that this news item from 2009 deserves a posting....

Instead of being out with the lads on the weekend, Somerset sixth-former Max Blake can be found tramping the countryside, photographing mutilated carcases of sheep and deer, and searching the ground for tell-tale paw prints.

At 18, Max is surely Britain's youngest mystery big cat hunter – at present, his investigations are centred on Stoke St Michael, near Shepton Mallet, where a black leopard-like creature has been seen and there have been numerous livestock kills in recent months.



David has been in quite severe pain today and was re-admitted to hospital earlier for pain relief. He is apparantly very woozy, but we know nothing else. We will update you as we learn more...

UPDATE: He will be having a scan tomorrow morning. I am certain he will be OK, but it is horribly painful for the poor lad.


As readers with long memories will remember, about a year ago we attended a cichlid auction in the Midlands, where we bought several undescribed cichlid species, which are doing fine, and several pairs of Ramerizi dwarf cichlids, which nearly all died almost immediately. We were left with one plump and healthy female, and so (with fingers firmly crossed) we have found a mate for her. Two days on, he seems to be happy and healthy, although as his bride is considerably larger than he is, he looks at her with considerable trepidation whenever she swims near him....



I'm working on an extensive article about the possibility advanced some time ago by a New Zealand palaeontologist that there could still be a population of smaller variety mosasaurs off the coast of New Zealand, breeding. I hope to go into this more deeply; biogeographical possibility, prey sustainability, isolation, etc. The area that I mostly need help in is sighting reports of mosasaur-like creatures around Australia (preferably the eastern coast) and New Zealand waters.

I would be grateful if you could put the word out and also get a nudge to any other researchers out there. I have quite a few of accounts of these creatures but having more will only bolster my argument. When complete I should be quite happy to hand it over to you for publication in the yearbook if you think it deems such.

Kindest of regards to you and the crew, and I certainly hope you and your dear wife have both recovered from your overseas trip.

Tony Lucas


Yesterday I discovered something very special: about an hour and a half of footage from mine and Graham's trip to Mexico and Puerto Rico back in 1998. It is grainy and some of the soundtrack is missing but it was good to see the thinner, healthier me - twelve years younger - doing stuff that I had almost forgotten. Roll on the next OTT

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1860 the oldest audible recording of the human voice was made by Leon Scott (no relation to Barry Scott). The sound was actually recorded on a glass plate and at the time there was no way to play it back but in 2008 scientists used a computer to recreate the sound. You can here the sounds on this website, scroll down to where it says ‘Au Clair de la Lune’ (a word of warning though, it sounds like EVP so if you are of a nervous disposition don’t do it just before bed):

And now, the news:

Researchers from the University of Zurich discover new type of hominid
AN ALIEN GREY (sorry, I couldn't resist that)
New Weasel at Wildwood
Horse bites off woman's finger

She asked the doctor if he’d been able to save her finger. He said “Neigh.”