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, July 19, 2017

MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES: A Huge Elephant Seal in the South Atlantic

Image result for elephant seal engravingThe following strange story, concerning a 42ft long sea elephant, if the original newspaper story is to be believed, comes to you from the Alaskan newspaper the Petersburg Weekly Report of June 24th 1916:

" A year or two ago a warship of Great Britain`s Australian fleet was given the strange job of capturing or destroying a mysterious sea monster which had been reported off the Falkland islands, the scene of the recent German naval defeat [this would have been on December 8th 1914 - Rich] It is pretty safe to say that the officers, if not the crew, entertained grave doubts of the actual existence of the frightful creature which had been described. It was too terrifying,hideous, gigantic and ferocious. But shortly after the ship arrived in the waters where the monster.And a pretty good substance  it proved too.

An attack was made upon it, and after some hours fighting with harpoons and quick firers the mysterious monster , which proved to be a sea elephant between thirteen and fourteen yards long, was slaughtered and taken aboard. "

Now either there is a mis-print in the text and it meant 13 or 14 ft, or we have an unknown aquatic mammal here, maybe a southern hemisphere version of the north Pacific Steller`s Sea Cow, After all the climate around the Falklands is similar to the coastal regions of Alaska and Siberia where the Steller`s Sea Cow once lived.

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