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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Thursday, January 10, 2013

LINK: This clean enough, Ray? Staff at London Aquarium don scuba gear to scrub tanks

Most of us dread the idea of having to do a big spring clean. But when scrubbing and brushing is done in the company of fish, string rays and giant turtles, it doesn't seem so bad. Staff embarked on the Sea Life London Aquarium's annual deep clean, hopping into the tanks to scrub, scrape and wipe down the watery habitats.

You've missed a bit: Aquarist Ross Davey gets company from a sting ray as he cleans their pool
You've missed a bit: Aquarist Ross Davey gets company from a sting ray as he cleans their pool

Graham writes: When I saw this story, I reflected that it was all a bit different to my fish-tank cleaning activities at the CFZ. I see, from the photos, that these people use tooth-brushes, though - just as I do. But the tanks at the CFZ aren't big enough to require diving gear!   

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