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, November 09, 2011

GLEN VAUDREY: Whole Wide World #22

22. Mexico
Our last stop before the United States is Mexico, the historic home of the Aztec empire whose connection with chocolate would result in Cadburys in the late 1960s naming a chocolate bar after them. So without any further distraction we are going to look at today’s cryptid, the Ahuitzotl.

Described as being black, with skin like rubber, smooth and slippery and with a long tail. The Ahuitzotl had small pointed ears while its hands were like those of a monkey and that includes the one intriguingly reportedly to be found on its tail.

It was reported to live in underwater caverns and if anyone were to swim past its lair it would grab the poor unfortunate and drown them. When the victim’s body was recovered it was found that the Ahuitzotl had some strange tastes because the body would be lacking its eyes, teeth and nails. Sadly for the world of cryptozoology it appears that the Ahuitzotl didn’t last that long after the arrival of the Spanish in the New World.

Next stop the United States, so once it’s dark we shall nip over the border and see what cryptids are to be found in the north.

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