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...

Search This Blog



Sunday, June 19, 2016


It's a tale of perfect camaraderie and of co-dependence.
Two years at sea have fostered a close relationship between the two fellow sailors as they cross the globe, through warm weather and cold.
One is a 24-year-old male. The other is a hen.
Guirec Soudee - the 24-year-old - is the one who does most of the hard work on board the boat.
Monique is the hen, who spends most of her time admiring the view from the deck, and laying the occasional egg.

Sailor Guirec Soudee holding his hen MOnique on the deck of a yacht
Image captionMonique has quickly adapted to life at sea...
Monique the hen inside a cooking pot in the sea
Image caption...even if some forms of transport have proven more rudimentary than others

(All images are courtesy of Guirec Soudee)
The two have started building up a close following online in recent months as French media have picked up on their unusual adventure.
Guirec, who is from Brittany in France, began his trip around the world with Monique in May 2014.
After starting from the Canary Islands, Spanish territory near Africa's west coast, the pair sailed to St Bart's in the Caribbean before moving into the Arctic last August.


No comments: