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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Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Bob Skinner kindly passed on to me the conclusion to the “sea monster” story from Galway in 1935 that I blogged about two weeks (-ish) ago.

Western Morning News May 7th 1935 p. 9


Fifty-Feet Galway Fish A Basking Shark

From Our Own Correspondent

Galway, Monday.

In the opinion of Professor Dinan, of University College, Galway, the 50ft long sea-monster which was killed on Saturday in Galway Bay is an extraordinary species of basking shark.

The professor accompanied a “Western Morning News” representative to Mutton Island Lighthouse to-day and when the tide had ebbed was able to get a closer view of the creature, which was on a shelf of rock.

He said that the oil was valuable and there sometimes a hundred gallons, worth from £50 to £100. The last record of a basking shark in Galway Bay was in 1922. Efforts are being made to tow the giant shark to the docks for exhibition. (1)

Bob added the following note: 'Basically same story in Nottingham Evening Post 7 May 1935 p. 9 Monster A Basking Shark. Western Daily Press 7 May 1935 p.13  50-Feet Long Sea Monster Turns Out To Be A Basking Shark'

1. Western Morning News March 7th 1935. 


The hunt for British Big Cats attracts far more newspaper-column inches than any other cryptozoological subject. There are so many of them now that we feel that they should be archived by us in some way, so we should have a go at publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. In September 2012, Emma Osborne decided that the Mystery Cat Study Group really deserved a blog of its own within the CFZ Blog Network.

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    In an article for the first edition of Cryptozoology Bernard Heuvelmans wrote that cryptozoology is the study of 'unexpected animals' and following on from that perfectly reasonable assertion, it seems to us that - whereas the study of out of place birds may not have the glamour of the hunt for bigfoot, or lake monsters - it is still a perfectly valid area for the Fortean Zoologist to be interested in. So, after about six months of regular postings on the main bloggo, Corinna has taken the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.


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