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.

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Monday, July 11, 2011

CRYPTOZOOLOGY: Two more from Dale - thunderbirds and a sea serpent

The latest update on the Indiana Thunderbird blog is now up:

Naturally it also makes a couple of references to Ohio and Illinois as well.

I went ahead and put through the next blog, mostly to get done with it; coordinating the photos and the illustrations were a problem;


1 comment:

Dale Drinnon said...

Y'know, Jon, increasingly when I put up a blog discussing a composite cryptid category or a category with a series of mistaken observations as well as some possibly valid ones, you describe my blogs as about "A" Cryptid, as if I was saying all Freshwater monsters or all Sea monsters were "Only one thing."

Which is ridiculous.

Today's blog is a reprint of an earlier CFZ blog which integrally refers to TWO different sea monsters, one of which I take to be a mistake (A whale) and the other one I take to be the same as one of Heuvelmans' categories of Sea-serpents (the Marine Saurian) I use a variety of "Pristichampsus'" depictions to show how witnesses' impressions make some differences in the one category (the same as "Dr. Shuker's Leviathan) and then I use the opportunity to say why I think that Heuvelmans' and Champagne's Marine Saurians are two different things.

Which is actually three things, one of them a known species, but the larger category illustrated by five different depictions, with the goal of showing those five are all the same but different to the last two.

I should also mention that from the description Tim (Pristichampsus) gave of the last creature illustrated, he must also be a regular reader of the CFZ blog, among other things.

Best Wishes, Dale D.