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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Monday, November 21, 2011

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...

From Nick Redfern's "There's Something in the Woods...":
From CFZ Australia:


A silver striped hawk moth found at Alderholt in Dorset...


HAUNTED SKIES: International Herald Tribune 26.6.97.


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1718 the notorious (but it has to be said somewhat over-rated) pirate Blackbeard was killed. There are numerous myths and folktales of a paranormal nature linked to Blackbeard including that his headless ghost is still searching for his head so that his friends and the Devil will be able to recognise him. That tale makes little sense really, as not only would Blackbeard’s ghost be spending the afterlife comically bumping into things like tea trays loaded up with ornate china but the Devil doesn’t sound like the sort of chap you would want to recognise you, even if you were a friend.

And now the news:

Loyal Dog Guards Grave Of Deceased Master
Piranhas Attack Swimmers Off Brazil Beach
Pet Hippo Humphrey Mauls His Owner To Death
Road salt's second sting (Via Herp Digest)
Red list changes highlight threats from over-explo...
Early Warning Signs Of a Dying Lake (Via Herp Dige...

Another fearsome tale of Blackbeard’s ghost: