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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Friday, January 21, 2011

MAX BLAKE: Another taxonomy fail



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The secret catch in Princes tuna

Princes: fibbing about its tinned tuna

Sharks and turtles are killed as well as tuna in Princes' nets. Make them use better fishing methods

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Hi there,

Sustainable fish and fishing methods have been in the news a lot lately, thanks to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's Fish Fight series on Channel 4.

He covered several of the issues we've been working on, graphically demonstrating the problems of fish discarded at sea and the bycatch of other marine life such as sharks and turtles. A Greenpeace investigation team even featured in the series, and if you missed it, you can still watch it online.

Just before Hugh's Fish Fight started, we published our new tinned tuna league table, showing which supermarkets and leading brands are using the most sustainable fishing methods and which ones are responsible for killing sharks and turtles, and possibly even dolphins in their tuna nets.

Princes is at the bottom for using one of the worst fishing methods around.

So please email Mike Easterbrook, director of Princes, demanding that his company use more sustainable fishing methods like pole and line.

While Sainsbury's, Marks & Spencer and Waitrose come out on top, Princes has performed abysmally. It uses huge purse seine nets coupled with fish aggregating devices (or Fads) which don't just lure in tuna, but sharks, turtles and other fish as well.

But before it was even published, our tuna league table produced results. Tesco got wind it had come last and made a rapid u-turn from its previous statements. It announced that, by the end of 2012, it aims to get 100 per cent of Tesco tinned tuna caught by pole and line, the most sustainable tuna fishing method.

Of course, Tesco needs to make good on this promise but it was enough to move it from the bottom of the league table, leaving Princes with the wooden fish knife.

Email Princes now and tell them to change their tuna.

Thanks for your support,

Jamie Woolley
Greenpeace UK

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Countless books have been written - by believers and skeptics alike - on such paranormal topics as UFOs, Bigfoot, lake-monsters, ghosts, demons, the Bermuda Triangle, ESP, tarot-cards, and astrology. And on quite a bit more, too!The problem is that not only do the vast majority of those same books very often (albeit not necessarily deliberately) reflect the subconscious prejudices of their respective authors, but they tend to focus more so on the data, than they do on the witnesses to the respective phenomena and the personalities that investigate them.

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I've started a series of facsimile (or close to facsimile) reprints of some short booklets of interest to cryptozoology and anomalous biology. The first two are:

The Doheny Scientific Expedition to the Hava Supai Canyon, Northern Arizona, October and November, 1924

Sculptured Anthropoid Ape Heads Found In or Near the Valley of the John Day River, a Tributary of the Columbia River, Oregon

The original booklets run $100-$300, now you can get them for less than ten bucks.


OK, it is taking much longer than I had originally envisaged, (mostly because of the Swine Flu, which laid Corinna, Graham and I low over what is euphemistically described as `The Festive Season`) but it is
taking shape very nicely. It is the longest one for years, and I hope that I shall be able to have a page count and a proper contents for you within the next few days....

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 2008 Heath Ledger was found dead. Ledger was posthumously awarded an Oscar for best supporting actor for his role as the Joker in Batman movie The Dark Knight.
And now, the news:

Mountain lion sighting confirmed in Chesterfield
Norwegian boy sees off pack of wolves with blast o...
Gang members snort ashes they mistook for drugs
Paul the Octopus gets memorialized

His finest hour:


SHUKERNATURE - THE BOOK: Another new project from Karl Shuker