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, June 01, 2012

LINK: 'Mermaids: The Body Found' Is Like 'Lost Tapes' on Steroids

Mermaids: The Body Found is an Animal Planet mockumentary that takes a look at this hypothetical situation—what if the half-human, half-fish creatures really did exist, and what if man discovered them?

But the show's aquatic beings are nothing like Disney's human-obsessed Ariel—they look more like Avatar aliens with tails or the Harry Potter merpeople and should definitely want nothing to do with humans.

Anyone who tuned in over the Memorial Day weekend to watch one of the showings of the mockumentary hoping to see real evidence of merpeople ended up being sorely disappointed. And hopefully most viewers realized that the show wasn't real by the time it was over—it doesn't seem as though Animal Planet was really trying to fool the public with a modern-day Fiji mermaid. P.T. Barnum popularized the Fiji mermaid sideshow attraction shown in the photo on the right—it was basically a mummified monkey head and torso sewed to that of a fish and covered with papier-mâché.

In Mermaids: The Body Found, researchers for NOAA are investigating whale beachings all around the world. They decide that the Navy is testing a new kind of sonar that's causing the creatures to beach themselves, and while listening to some of the sonar recordings that took place during the testing, they hear what seems to be a new species of dolphin.

Read on...

1 comment:

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Fiction based but with actual theory of evolution. I liked it