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 15, 2015

NATURAL HISTORY: Fantastic pictures of thresher sharks

Malapascua is a wonderful tropical dive location sites with something to suit everyone's tastes. You can find seagrass muck dives full of macro life, remarkable night dives with a lot of curious creatures, shallow reefs with healthy corals, dramatic drop-offs, a couple of good wrecks and some outlying islands to explore. However, what makes it stand out from most other Philippines destinations, and makes it arguably one of the very best dive spots in South East Asia, are its thresher sharks. They are what put Malapascua on the map.Thresher shark-7938
The pelagic thresher shark

This Indian and Pacific Ocean species is about three metres long, and almost half of that length is made up of its spectacularly long tail. Any pelagic shark is a stunning sight but the first time I set eyes on a thresher shark, using lazy tail swishes to glide effortlessly water, I was filled with awe. It is hard to imagine a sleeker or more perfectly evolved animal to its environment — if I had to choose one creature to represent the strange, beautiful and alien world of the ocean, this would be it.

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