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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.

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

WEIRD WEEKEND 2011: The sunday evening meal

Dave and Eve at The Farmers Arms are doing us proud. The sunday meal will cost £8.00 (a massive 5p price hike since 2007) and is roast beef or pork for the carnivores, and vegetarian lasagne or three cheese and mushroom falafel for the veggies.


The latest two blog postings at Frontiers of Zoology are on Japanese Yokai that seem to have some bearing on Abominable Snowman or Wildman reports:



And on the Frontiers of Anthropology blog, Part 3 of Surveys of Atlantis dealing with the reality of a large island formerly situated in the mid-North Atlantic during the Ice Ages:



Vaishali Sangma took a photo of this weird bird in the Garo Hills. It looks like a young hornbbill of some sort to me. None of the Garo guys can identify it. Can any of our readers?



I always hope The Marine Observer journal will turn up something strange and today I was fortunate – please read on. (This is an extract from vol. 36, 1966)

The Marine Observer publishes extracts from mariners logs from all around the world, astronomical, meteorological data and news of weather observers, etc. As far as I know it is still published. I`ve been looking through my back issues from the 1950s and 1960s for reports of seals in the S.China Sea and Indian Ocean.


North Atlantic Ocean

m.v Hauraki. Captain E.F.H Allen. London to CuraƧao. (1) Observers, Mr J.Thomson, Chief Officer and Mr T.Wright, 2nd Officer.

13th June 1965. Between 20 °N, 49 ½ ° W,and 24°N, 53°W (2) many fish were seen in the surface water. They were about 1 ft long and had large square heads with the body tapering to the tail, the general appearance being rather like that of a very large tadpole, and having the same swimming motion. The colour was a mottled grey and no fins were seen. The eyes were on the flat of the head rather than at the sides. Sea temp.77°F rising to 80°

Note. This is a most unusual observation. Dr P.H. Greenwood of the Department of Zoology, British Museum, comments:

“I have puzzled over this, my marine colleagues have also puzzled over it and none of us can come up with an answer. The only tadpole-like fishes which we know are either fresh-water (and certainly never likely to occur in the sea except as corpses) or are deep-sea fishes and unlikely to be swimming at the surface in an apparently natural way. Thus, regrettably for the moment I am afraid we will have to record these as unidentifiable.” (3)

So there we are, it`s over to you!

1. A Dutch island dependency off Venezuela
2. Roughly several hundred miles north-east of the Caribbean.
3. The Marine Observer April 1966 vol 36 no. 212 page 60.

HAUNTED SKIES: Same old, Same old...


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1057 King Macbeth of Scotland died. Shakespeare's play 'Macbeth' is one of his strangest featuring not only witches and prophecies but ghosts as well, it doesn't have much to do with the real Macbeth though, who by accounts of people at the time was not that bad a king at all and killed the Previous king, Duncan, on the battlefield and not in his bedroom framing his guards as the play would have you believe.
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Some hedgehog lovin' from Gavin Wilson:

DALE DRINNON: Livebearing plesiosaurs