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, October 27, 2011

Weird, unknown animal species found in Ahmedabad


Dale Drinnon said...

To quote your blurb: "The point of the posting was to illustrate the reactions to out-of-place animals across the globe, not to be judgemental, so the people who made comments like 'Its a Plecostomus you stupid idiots' are not only ill-mannered oafs, but missed the point entirely."

Well, yes and no. The people who DID say "It's a Plecostomus you stupid idiots" certainly ALSO have their point, the point being that it's not CRYPTOZOOLOGICAL, it's a known species. So for that much, the reaction IS justified. The anger comes from far too much media hype over such things as reports of stray pet black leopards in the UK or Australia when all they are of course is stray pet exotics. They are still not CRYPTOZOOLOGICAL. And some people dislike being told there is a mystery when there is actually no mystery. It's also like all of those "Chupacabras" reports turning out to be mangy dogs. After a while a reader DOES tend to be a mite irritated at it all.

So it is also quite permissible to say (ahem) that you have missed the point entirely as well, were that to be put the most polite way possible of course. And I DO mean this in the most polite way possible.

Best Wishes, Dale D.

Jon Downes said...

Yes, indeed they have a point. But unlike you and me Dale, they need to learn some manners. There are appropriate ways to disagree with someone, and inappropriate ones. I would hope that all our bloggofolk behave like ladies and gentlemen at all times...