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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, October 11, 2017

CRYPTOLINK: Irish lake monster

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. 

The mystery of the sea serpent of County Clare has never been solved. A clipping from a September 1871 edition of The Day's  Doings.

A newspaper sketch of the monster was found in the archives of the Mary Evans Picture Library in London during digitizing

Ireland had its very own sea serpent and the mystery of County Clare was recently, once again, in the limelight after almost 150 years.
The sea serpent often referred to as Ireland’s Loch Ness monster was sighted numerous times in the late 1850s off the coast of Ireland along County Clare.

THE LAST WEEK AT THE CFZ-USA BLOG

CFZ-USA



  • GIANT BAT IN NORTH CAROLINA
  • COW-SHEEP HYBRID
  • WILDMAN IN SIBERIA
  • SASQUATCH THAT SCREAMS
  • NEW WASP DISCOVERED
  • SENECA LAKE MONSTER
  • CAMPFIRE CREATURES
  • BIGFOOT LEGEND EXAMINED
  • LEGEND OF THE UNICORN
  • BIGFOOT IN NEW ENGLAND
  • ARE THERE SKUNK APES IN FLORVANIC?
  • BIGFOOT IN THE NIGHT
  • STRANGE POWER OF STARFISH
  • EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY
  • GIGANTIC BIRD SIGHTING
  • LOCH NESS ANNIVERSARY
  • CHICAGO MOTHMAN SEEN AGAIN
  • TWICE ATTACKED BY YOWIE
  • NORTH CAROLINA REPTOID
  • FILEY BRIGG DRAGON
  • BRITISH BIGFOOT ENCOUNTER
  • FISH FALL IN MEXICO
  • STALKED BY BIGFOOT
  • ABDUCTION BY BLUE MEN
  • GARSON INVADERS
  • SCARY DOGMAN ENCOUNTER
  • DID THIS BIRD EVER EXIST?
  • BIGFOOT IN COLORADO
  • 200lb CATFISH
  • WINGED GARGOYLE IN FLORIDA
  • ANOTHER CHICAGO MOTHMAN SIGHTING
  • BOOK ON CANARY ISLANDS MYSTERIES
  • JANE GOODALL ON SASQUATCH
  • FUNGUS DAY IS COMING IN U.K.
  • PTEROSAURS IN ENGLAND?
  • THUNDERBIRDS OF TEXAS
  • PTERODACTYL OVER WALES?
  • DID ROOSEVELT KILL BIGFOOT?
  • WAS BIGFOOT WREAKING HAVOC?
  • WILL NEW DOCUMENTARY PROVE BIGFOOT'S EXISTENCE?
  • STRANGE BEINGS IN VANCOUVER
  • SHAG HARBOR UFO MYSTERY
  • CAPTURED BY MERMEN
  • PANDAS LOSING FOOD TO CATTLE
  • MOON ONCE HAD ATMOSPHERE
  • THE WAND OF MERLIN
  • SHADOWRUNNER
  • UNKNOWN DNA IN ANTARCTICA
  • STRANGE FIN IN LOCH NESS
  • HUMANOIDS IN LAKES
  • ARE SOME ALIENS CREEPY?
  • BIGFOOT IN PUMPKIN PATCH
  • BIGFOOT IN PHOTOGRAPH
  • ENORMOUS SEA CREATURE
  • TERN ABOUT
  • SCHOLAR WHO SAW FAIRY LIGHTS
  • EARTH MASS EXTINCTION COMING?
  • FAIRY ENCOUNTERS AND TRADITIONS
  • HUMANOID ON ALL FOURS
  • SWEDISH LAKE MONSTER
  • SIGHTING OF SEA MONSTER
  • BIGFOOT IN SCANDINAVIA
  • BIGFOOT IN FLORIDA
  • BIGFOOT IN MINNESOTA
  • DOG WITH LONGEST TONGUE
  • THEY SAVE POACHERS' RHINO VICTIMS
  • REPTILIAN ABDUCTION
  • ASSERTIONS ABOUT MARTIANS
  • GIANT CROW IN IOWA
  • TRULY BIZARRE HUMANOID
  • DOES THE WENDIGO EXIST?
  • BIGFOOT ON THE RAILROAD
  • DONKEY TRIES TO EAT AUTOMOBILE
  • WINGED HUMANOID IN TEXAS
  • EARTHWORMS FOR MARS?
  • BIGFOOT AND OTHER DIMENSIONS
  • MANTIS MAN
  • NEW SPECIES DISCOVERED
  • WALGREN LAKE MONSTER
  • BIGFOOT IN OHIO
  • MONSTER IN LAKE HODGES
  • IS THIS LIVING MAMMOTH ON TAPE?
  • 1857 MERMAID ENCOUNTER
  • HONOBIA BIGFOOT FESTIVAL
  • IS THERE AN ALIEN MOON BASE?
  • LAKE NORMAN MONSTER
  • BROSNO DRAGON
  • ADZE - VAMPIRIC FIREFLY
  • "DISCOVERING BIGFOOT" TRAILER
  • ALBAWITCH DAY
  • NATURALIST TO TALK ABOUT BIGFOOT
  • BIGFOOT FOOTAGE
  • PARANORMALISTS AND SENSES
  • MONKEY MAN OF NEW DELHI
  • WHITE MOUNTAIN CREATURE
  • MONSTERS OF WISCONSIN
  • SEA SERPENT OF HOY
  • SIRENS OF THE AMAZON
  • KALAVINKA
  • IS THIS THE SCREAM OF BIGFOOT?
  • FORTHCOMING NEIL ARNOLD BOOK
  • UPCOMING BIGFOOT FESTIVALS
  • TRAP FOR BIGFOOT
  • BIZARRE ALIEN HUMANOIDS
  • CARMEL (OHIO) AREA CREATURE
  • MYSTERY CREATURE - WHAT WAS THIS?
  • BIGFOOT MEETS FISHERMAN
  • BUNYIP - AUSTRALIA'S LAKE MONSTER
  • DEAD SEA CREATURE IN PHILIPPINES
  • STRANGE STORY OF VANISHING AIRMAN
  • BIGFOOT SEEN 26 TIMES
  • ELECTRIC EEL SHOCK
  • INDONESIAN GROUND CUCKOO
  • TIZHZERUK
  • KIWAKWA - CANNIBAL GIANT
  • MONSTER IN CHINESE LAKE
  • GORGON - HIDEOUS CREATURE
  • BIGFOOT IN THE PYRENEES
  • ATTACK AT SKINWALKER RANCH
  • LION IN SPAIN
  • IS BIGFOOT TO BLAME?
  • GIANT PANDA STILL IN PERIL
  • SURVIVING "EXTINCT" ANIMALS
  • CREATURE OF POWELL LAKE
  • MYSTERIES OF WALES
  • WHAT IS A TROLL?
  • NEW SPECIES OF RAT
  • CHEROKEE LITTLE PEOPLE
  • SIGHTINGS OF BIGFOOT
  • BIGFOOT IN FLORIDA
  • CHICAGO MOTHMAN AGAIN?
  • STRANGE CONFERENCE


  • MANIPOGO - CANADIAN LAKE MONSTER
  • TODAY'S BIG CAT NEWS

    The hunt for British Big Cats attracts far more newspaper-column inches than any other cryptozoological subject. 

    There are so many of them now that we feel that they should be archived by us in some way, so we are publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. 

    The worldwide mystery cat phenomenon (or group of phenomena, if we are to be more accurate) is not JUST about cryptozoology. At its most basic level it is about the relationship between our species and various species of larger cat. That is why sometimes you will read stories here that appear to have nothing to do with cryptozoology but have everything to do with human/big cat interaction. As committed Forteans, we believe that until we understand the nature of these interactions, we have no hope of understanding the truth that we are seeking.


  • NEWSLINK/EVENT: The myths surrounding the 'big cat...
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  • NEWSLINK: Big cat count rises to six in Palamau Ti...
  • VIDEO: Collection of Wild, Exotic Animals Found in...


  • NEWSLINK: Problem leopard, suspect behind 5 attack...
  • FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES


    What has Corinna's column of Fortean bird news got to do with cryptozoology? 

    Well, everything, actually! 

    In an article for the first edition of Cryptozoology Bernard Heuvelmans wrote that cryptozoology is the study of 'unexpected animals' and following on from that perfectly reasonable assertion, it seems to us that whereas the study of out-of-place birds may not have the glamour of the hunt for bigfoot or lake monsters, it is still a perfectly valid area for the Fortean zoologist to be interested in.





    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN IS MILDLY POSITIVE

    The Gonzo Daily: Wednesday
    Corinna is away on holiday for a few days. Poor dear really deserves it, and I have Graham, Julia and Mother to look after me. I finished editing Ep3 of the rebranded OTT yesterday, and Charlotte and Graham and I will do the tweaking that inevitably needs to be done, this afternoon. Last night mother and I listened to an incredibly illuminating interview with Robert Anton Wilson, and I was impressed by how much Mother engaged with it all.
    Ta-ra
    Forgive me for banging on about our webTV show, but it matters a lot to me, and I would be grateful for an many people as possible to see it, and spread the tidings of it far and wide:
    But now, here is the news:
    THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Gambling Bar Room Blue...
    YES IN THE NEWS
    FRANK ZAPPA HOLOGRAM NEWS
    STEVE HOWE TRIBUTE TO HIS LATE SON
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    Gonzo Weekly #255-6
    THE FALL OF LOVE DOUBLE ISSUE
    Tony Palmer, remembers when he first met John Lennon and talks about his film The Beatles and WW2, John provides an epilogue to the Summer of Love plus 50 celebrations, Alan goes to the Southdowns Folk Festival and critiques The Stone Tapes, Richard visits The Girl from the North Country, and Jeremy goes to Soho Rising: The Muses Invade Manette Street with the Doctors of Madness and also goes to see the Flamin' Groovies (Look, I spelled it right this time).
    Wooooot!
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney, Strange Fruit, and Friday Night Progressive. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, C J Stone, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and common planigales who have cooked some stews (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have been culinarily creative, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
    This issue features:
    David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Dweezil Zappa, Roger Waters, Bruce Springsteen, Wolf Alice, Florence Welch, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Thomas Earl Petty, Azra Kolakovic, Allan Thomas "Tom" Paley, Ellis CeDell Davis, Robert "Apex" Dickeson, Mary Hopkin, Barbara Dickson, Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, Rachmaninoff, Benjamin Britten, Tony Palmer, The Beatles, Alan Dearling, The Stone Tapes, M. Peach, K. Beem, Grey Malkin, Jeremy Smith, Flamin' Groovies, Theatre Royal, Southdowns Folk Festival, Wriggle Jigglers, Edgelarks, Charcoal Burners, The Cheer Up Mollys, Megson, The Alistair Goodwin Band, Homeservice, Skerryvore, John Brodie-Good, Summer of Love, Steve Miller Band, Peter Frampton, David LaFlamme, Richard Foreman, Girl From the North Country, Bob Dylan, Doctors of Madness, Richard Strange, Lilybud, Jeremy Reed, Gingerlight, Kev Rowland, The Pilgrim, Rage, Rings of Saturn, Russkaja, Siiilk, Mr Biffo, Paul Rose, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Xtul, Dr Alex Durig, Rick Parfitt, Elvis, Charles Manson, Dennis Wilson, The Beach Boys, Derek Taylor, Jimi Hendrix,  Neil Nixon, Karen Elson
    Issue 254 (Mr Biffo)
    Issue 253 (Dana Gillespie)
    Issue 252 (Cropredy)
    Issue 251 (Scott Walker)
    Issue 250 (Jamms)
    Issue 249 (Bill Bruford)
    Issue 248 (The Selecter)
    Issue 247 (Don Airey)
    Issue 246 (Steve Hackett)
    Issue 244-5 (Summer Special)
    Issue 243 (Galahad)
    Issue 242 (Steve Miller Band)
    Issue 241 (Carol Hodge and Steve Ignorant)
    Issue 240 (Midsummer Madness)
    Issue 239 (Miss Peach)
    Issue 238 (Hawkwind)
    Issue 237 (Hawkwind)
    Issue 236 (Manchester)
    Issue 235 (Jon Anderson)
    Issue 234 (Al Atkins)
    Issue 233 (Richard Strange)
    Issue 232 (Roy Weard)
    Issue 231 (Allan Holdsworth)
    Issue 230 (Curtis Womack)
    Issue 229 (Larry Wallis)
    Issue 228 (Space Pharoahs)
    All issues from #70 can be downloaded at www.gonzoweekly.com if you prefer. If you have problems downloading, just email me and I will add you to the Gonzo Weekly dropbox. The first 69 issues are archived there as well. Information is power chaps, we have to share it!
    You can download the magazine in pdf form HERE:
    SPECIAL NOTICE: If you, too, want to unleash the power of your inner rock journalist, and want to join a rapidly growing band of likewise minded weirdos please email me at jon@eclipse.co.uk The more the merrier really.
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    * The Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link: www.gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.co.uk
    * We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!
    * Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 58 who - together with a Jack Russell called Archie, an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and two half grown kittens, one totally coincidentally named after one of the Manson Family, purely because she squeaks, puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention Archie and the Cats?

    BIGFOOT NEWS IN BRIEF




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    NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Wednesday

    ON THIS DAY IN - 1776 - During the American Revolution the first naval battle of Lake Champlain was fought. The forces under Gen. Benedict Arnold suffered heavy losses. 
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  • AND TO WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK... (Music that may have some relevance to items also on this page, or may just reflect my mood on the day.