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, April 22, 2015

CRYPTOLINK: Rare Deep-Sea Oarfish Washes Ashore In New Zealand

A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me. 

An elusive oarfish was found beached in New Zealand. Oarfish, which can grow up to 36 feet in length, are thought to have been inspiration for tales of sea monsters.
(Photo : J Aaron Farr | Flickr)
A bizarre 10-foot oarfish was discovered in the salt marsh at Aramoana Spit in Dunedin, New Zealand. Don Gibbs, a local resident, found the long blade-like creature lying on a beach and immediately called the Department of Conservation (DOC).
DOC service manager David Agnew arrived in a rush to examine the specimen on the shore, which he was unable to identify. Never in his 8-year stay in Dunedin or his 20-year tenure with the DOC had he seen something like this.
''It must have just washed up and it was very fresh. It's a very weird looking creature," Agnew said. "Instead of scales it has this smooth skin, like tinfoil, and if you rubbed it the silver would come onto your hand.'' He took some pictures and sent them to University of Otago.
Tessa Mills, manager at New Zealand Marine Studies Center and Aquarium in University of Otago was able to confirm its identity as an oarfish — a surprising find for a cold-water area.

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