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, July 10, 2010


A friend of Richard Freeman's found this on an angling website. I have made no changes to the spelling or grammar:

"I was diving in Wast Water, Wasdale, Cumbria and found thousands ofweird bright white eels about a foot to a foot and a half long. Twas anight dive and our approaching torches made the eels stick their headinto the mud to avoid our light. They didn't have any fin on thierback as i remember. Any one any idea what they could be? I thoughtthese could be some ancient fish trapped along with the Artic Char inCumrias deep waters or are they just another wierd Lamprey typecreature? I didn't notice if they had teeth or even a jaw. Anyfeedback most welcome. Dave"

This is being followed up. More news as we get it...


FROM YOUTUBE: Need a bird expert to let me know what this is...An American Avocet? A Marbled Godwit?

RICHARD FREEMAN: Legends of Lincolnshire Part 6

Black Dogs
At Northorpe a black dog was said to haunt the church- yard, which went by the well-known name of the Bargest (much like the one in north Yorkshire). At another village somewhat further off, there was an old lame man, who was reputed to be a wizard, and who, it was affirmed, was in the habit of turning himself into a dog and biting cattle. A neighbour of his is reported to have seen, on one occasion, a black dog biting his cattle, and, running to the rescue, beheld it turned into the old wizard.


The other day we published a picture of a beetle sent by Aubrey Menezes in Canada. He wanted an identification. Robert Schneck (who I hope has forgiven us for a lack of Biggles related postings) sent us this picture, and wrote: "I found this picture of an ox beetle that is similar to the dried beetle in the picture". What do you think guys?


That he is planning to go for a helicopter ride to see the crop circles either on the friday or the monday of the Weird Weekend. Is anyone interested in joining him? If so write to him at: jasonpkc@live.co.uk


CORINNA DOWNES: Yesterday's News Today

Corinna here looking after Yesterday’s News Today whilst Oll is off to other parts – he will be back Monday.

Male Fireflies Flicker in Sync to Catch a Female's Eye
Lion Slaughter
Human beings-turned goats story, a hoax -Police
Why do we love Puffins?
Not a happy ending for New Forest hobbies
Anglers hook shark off Boscombe Pier
Penguin back in zoo after kidnap

Pick up a penguin