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 01, 2010

LINDSAY SELBY: New Nessie Sighting

Loch Ness monster: new pictures and sighting of Nessie

The legend of the Loch Ness monster is alive again after a mysterious shape was caught on camera.

By Shiona McCallum26 November 2010 10:57 GMT

The legend of Nessie has resurfaced with a new sighting and pictures of the Loch Ness monster.Richard Preston, a landscape gardener, has been the latest person to spot a mysterious shape that might be the Loch Ness monster and capture a series of images on camera.While working on Aldourie Castle gardens on the banks of the Loch Ness, 27-year-old Mr Preston spotted a shape on the loch's surface out of the corner of his eye.He told STV News: “I was just walking through the castle gardens and I spotted something in the distance. When I looked closer I could clearly see the four hump-like features. I thought I’d take a picture of it, to see if there was anything in it, to see what others thought.“I was surprised that it stayed there as long as it did. I took various shots of it before it suddenly disappeared. I literally just turned my back and it was gone.”He showed one of his friends who was also convinced there was certainly some mystery in the pictures.When asked whether or not he believed in the monster, Mr Preston said: “Well there’s definitely something in the myth.There were no ripples in the water, no boats, nothing around. I have no idea what it was, but it undoubtedly looks like Nessie.”The latest sighting has brought hope to monster enthusiasts, as it had been a relatively quiet spell for spotting any activity in the Loch. Fears had been mounting that Nessie might be dead since reports of any sightings had been diminishing.In July 1930, three people in a boat at the north end of the loch saw a 6m long hump-like shape travelling fast through the water. In April 1933, Aldie Mackay saw a violent disturbance in the water and a hump “like that of a whale” while driving along the north side of the loch.

See photo here : http://www.stv.tv/topics/nessie/



Hi Jon,

I have seen something today that is puzzling me and wonder if any other Bloggo readers may have encountered this odd bird behaviour. Like most people, I am aware that Magpies will sometimes gather and hoard any glittery and shiny objects they find, but has anyone seen them do this with food items?

Today I put some quite large pieces of bacon fat and other food out for the birds. Along came a couple of Magpies who settled down to eat and after indulging in a selection of peanuts and bread, one of them picked up a strip of the bacon fat, carried it up to the patio and promptly scraped a hole in the snow with its beak, dropped the fat in the hole and pushed the snow back over it, then moved a large dead leaf over the spot.

The same bird repeated this exercise twice more, digging holes, burying strips of fat and after refilling the holes with snow, covered the excavations with a dead leaf. At the third excavation there was no dead leaf close by so the bird jumped down onto the ice-covered pond and ripped out several pieces of decaying water iris leaves and carefully arranged those over the site of its stash.



Shireng R Marak, a two-thumbed village elder,
who heard the mande-barung's cry and was chased into a cave by it.

A swarm of yellow butterflies near the jungle stream at Imangri

A simulacrum of a huge footprint in limestone near a stream some miles from Imangri,
not to be confused with the real thing.

A dead whit- lipped tree viper we found in the jungle.

Jon fishing for a tarantula in a hole in the wall outside our lodge.

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