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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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

CRYPTOLINK: Monterey Bay has its share of monster stories

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. 
I so want the Loch Ness monster to be real. Same thing with the Yeti, Sasquach, the skunk ape of the Florida swamps. Vampires and zombies — not so much.
Long before scientists descended into the bone-crushing depths of the bay's submarine canyon and filmed some of the most remarkable creatures in God's blue ocean, folks always believed that some Nessy-like creatures inhabited Monterey Bay. People who worked the bay from Monterey, Moss Landing and Santa Cruz knew from the existing measurements of the day that it was a place of unimaginable depths and, possibly, the dark home of unimaginable monsters.
The most-often seen and reported on beast is a sad-looking creature the mariners call "Bobo." Randall A. Reinstedt, the county's leading authority on local sea monsters, ghosts, pirates and bogeymen, wrote the book, literally, on Bobo, or as some call him "the old man of Monterey Bay. Here's a blurb from his book "Mysterious Sea Monsters of California's Central Coast:"

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