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, December 30, 2011

Bizarre white alligator


Gorillas Pet Tourist In Uganda

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:
From CFZ Canada:
  • UPDATE — Dale Drinnon with more information about North American water monsters...

HAUNTED SKIES: Daily Telegraph 3.10.54


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 2004 Taipai 101, at the time the world’s tallest structure at 509m in height, was officially opened. It lost the record in 2010 when the Burj Khalifa tower was built in Dubai.

And now the news:

Anti-whaling ship stranded off the coast of Austra...
Deep-sea creatures at volcanic vent
Rested & Recovered, Globe-Trotting Turtle Returns ...
Monster from the deep... on the Norfolk coast: 40f...
Before Sounding an Alarm, Chimps Consider Informat...
New Theory Emerges for Where Some Fish Became Four...
Bark beetles, climate change and our future

It may not be the world’s tallest building anymore but it is one of the most impressive, especially when they launch fireworks from it:

DALE DRINNON: Flying Creature reports

The latest addition to the Frontiers of Zoology blog has just gone up, a guest posting referring to some followup Flying creature reports sebnt in from the Global Warming and Terraforming site:


BTW, the FOZ blog has averaged a new posting every other day for the month of December, and this does not count any other posting on any of the other blogs.

Best Wishes, Dale D.


This sonnet by John G. Brainard first appeared in the Connecticut Mirror on July 21, 1823. Read more about it at:

but in the meantime, enjoy.

Welter upon the waters mighty one—
And stretch thee in the ocean's trough of brine;
Turn thy wet scales up to the wind and sun,
And toss the billow from thy flashing fin;
Heave thy deep breathings to the ocean's din,
And bound upon its ridges in thy pride,
Or dive down to its lowest depths, and in
The caverns where its unknown monsters hide,
Measure thy length beneath the gulf stream's tide,
Or rest thee on the naval of that sea
Where floating on the Maelstrom, abide
The krakens sheltering under Norway's lee;
But go not to Nahant, lest men should swear,
You are a great deal bigger than you are.

RETRIEVERMAN'S MYSTERY CAT (no, I don't know either)

The answer is positively shocking.
I'll reveal it in a day or two.

CFZ CANADA: Update on Canadian water monsters

Check it out...



Although as far as cryptozoology is concerned this story is almost completely off-topic, there is something ridiculously intriguing about it. Why would anyone spend ages scrutinising press photographs of Kim Jong Il's funeral? If, indeed the Huffington Post person is correct writing: "In the photo above, one man appears to be nearly twice as tall as the gentlemen on his left and right," then unless the rest of the crowd are midgets, this person is between 9-10ft tall!

This is all very odd.