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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Saturday, July 09, 2011


We are now down to the final few details of the planning of the CFZ Sumatra expedition.
Transport is organised , and the guides and field teams have been finalised. All that remains is the ordering of the rations, and getting on with the job!

A special thanks to Glen Vaudrey for his hard work on the camera trap appeal.We will of course do our best to get that elusive photo!

For those of you on Face book with me a have some great news.We are hoping to be able to bring you updates of our adventures as they happen-jungle permitting!If you go to my status page, and click on Extreme-Expeditions, you will find the details.Andy,who created the site, is still working on it,but it looks excellent, and there will be plenty more to come.

I mentioned in my last blog how much I was looking forward to being in London.I had a fabulous time, as I always do. I hope to be there again very soon...



Adam Davies has just rung me. The guides in Sumatra have asked the expedition to bring them raincoats. So, ladies and gentlemen in bloggoland. We are looking for three small adult raincoats. If you can help, please email Richard Freeman on richard@cfz.org.uk and either bung them in the post or bring them along to the Weird Weekend...


Possibly more convincing than the picture we posted yesterday about which the general consensus is that it is a flying bird...

Dan Holdsworth writes: "And the prize for "least convincing picture of Nessie ever" goes to...

Me, probably.

I didn't even use Photoshop on this one, either."


A very Happy Birthday to my lovely wife Corinna...

HAUNTED SKIES: Don/ Baby/Haunted Skies how many!



Oll is away, but asked me to remembern this day in 1972 Peter Serafinowicz was born. Serafinowicz provided the voice for Darth Maul in Star Wars: the Phantom Menace. In 1956 Corinna Downes was born (Happy Birthday!)

And now the news:

Man blames violence on wolf scratch
Wandering wolf caught in Ohio neighborhood
Longville turtle races break previous participant records
Pollution: Sea Turtle Dies After Swallowing 317 Pieces Of Plastic
Threatened green snakes released in county preserve
Massachusetts wildlife officials seeks top turtle roadkill sites
Tree Frogs' Self-Cleaning Feet Could Solve a Sticky Problem
New Species of Desert Tortoise, Genetic Study Says
Unique pig-nosed turtle is over-harvested in New Guinea


I’m really excited to be able to say that the latest episode of the Monster Talk Podcast features an interview with yours truly about the Bownessie lake monster and the Tom Pickles photograph that first really hooked my attention on the case. Hello to those who may have been brought to my blog because of the interview – I want to reiterate the point that I am an amateur researcher when it comes to things such as ghosts and monsters – and Bownessie is the first lake monster case that I’ve ever really gotten involved with.

Read on...


Two water monster blog postings, one for freshwater and the other one for saltwater: not really adding anything new but demonstrating a variety of evidence which goes toward showing a variety of creatures are involved. This is mostly to refine and amplify statements previously made on the blog..

For the Freshwater kinds:

And the Saltwater kinds: