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, July 22, 2011

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

From Crypto Squad USA:
Serpents of the Sea

From Nick Redfern's "There's Something in the Woods...":
Ken Gerhard on Coast to Coast AM
The Werewolf Book - Sept 1
Creature-Features in Fate
Creature of the Month at New Page Books
Jennae on Multi-Dimensional Monsters
Naomi's Nessie...

From CFZ Australia:
Cryptozoology: Science or Pseudoscience?
Weird Weekend 2011 - Abominable snowmen et al
Zoo expecting influx of quoll and devil joeys
Jurassic park in a suburban Sydney garden
Meet Badger, the Quoll-tracking dog!
Bunyip's bandicoots an endangered species
Wild dog numbers explode in Queensland
New from CFZ Press: Mystery Animals of Gloucestershire...
Darren Naish talks Sea Monsters @ the Mail

From CFZ New Zealand:
Rare Takahe birds the focus of fundraising drive

DOUG SHOOP: Introducing 'Fuzzy'

About three weeks ago when I lost my great feline friend Nigel, I promised some video of the new second-in-command male felid of the house. Due to a technical and financial glitch, I’m absent a necessary cable to enableme to upload my video. So that being said, I’ve provided a couple still photos of Fuzzy instead.

By the way he’s named Fuzzy not because he is, but because he has a bad habit of eating up all the dust bunnys anywhere to be found around the house. He also recently began ‘talking’ rather more than normal. My guess is that he’s finally realized his friend of nearly 11 years will not be coming home again.

Isn’t he a handsome boy?

NAOMI WEST: Puddle Monster 2 - The Mystery Continues

This morning while watching out the window, I thought I could make out a figure sitting by the puddle. There seemed to be a face with what appeared to be green stripes or some such design on it. I quickly opened the door to have a better look, and just as I did, the thing leaped back into the puddle. It happened so quickly, I was now questioning whether or not I'd seen anything to begin with. Yet, the water was obviously disturbed. I cautiously approached the puddle and peered as far into the water as I could.

At first I saw nothing. I concluded that the creature must be able to hide within the valve structure. Sure enough, I eventually made out SOMETHING between the segments of the anti-siphon valve. I could swear I saw zig-zaggy designs on what looked like a spiny back! But the water gets murky that far down and I couldn't make out any designs beyond that.

I am thinking about a installing a live web cam so the puddle can be viewed at all times from anywhere in the world in hopes of capturing some footage of this elusive creature.

I'm starting to wonder just how extensive this irrigation system really is. There could be multiple segments going for several feet -- perhaps even extending into neighboring irrigation systems.

HAUNTED SKIES: An interesting collection of completely disparate stufff...

...including the new Mrs Pope, chalk circles, the aquisition of a new archive, and a UFO over Wigan.


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1865 the Danish occultist Max Heindel was born (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Heindel ).
And now the news:

Python sex romp sparks search for 7m monster snake...
Loch Ness monster-like beast filmed in Alaska
Dangerous 10-Foot Megaweed Invades New York
Is there an alligator in this Ontario creek?
Duck Gets Fitted For Surf Booties
Leopard wounds 11 people in village
Not on the menu at Wegmans: rare yellow lobster

It wasn't a rock...


A HOLIDAYMAKER who has been looking for the Loch Ness Monster for 45 years believes he may have at last captured the elusive creature on camera.

William Jobes was walking along the Abbey footpath in Fort Augustus with his wife Joan when he spotted what appeared to be a head bobbing above the water 200 to 300 yards from the shore.

"I got a wonderful shock," he said. "I have actually been coming up to Inverness for the past 45 years and I have never seen anything like this before."

Read on...