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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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Thursday, September 05, 2019

LAKE AND SEA MONSTER NEWS

The hunt for Lake and Sea Monsters is probably the most iconic branch of Cryptozoology. Following our successful Mystery Cat and BHM Study Groups, we feel that these sightings should also be archived and published in a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. Curated by Sally Watts and Richard Muirhead.




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 LAST WEEK AT THE CFZ-USA BLOG

CFZ-USA



  • CENTAUR SIGHTINGS IN MODERN TIMES
  • STRANGE GRAY HUMANOID
  • HUGE GIANT APE-MEN
  • NORWEGIAN FOREST CATS
  • DEAD EELS IN LAKE CHAMPLAIN
  • WHAT'S IN THE RIVER NESS?
  • SOME NOT-QUITE-CRYPTIDS
  • CFZ MEMBERS' NEWSLETTER
  • WHAT IS A CRYPTID?
  • WINGED BEING IN ILLINOIS
  • TOP TEN BIGFOOT STATES
  • WORLD COCONUT DAY
  • PENDLETON ANIMAL
  • INDRID COLD
  • ICELAND'S MONSTER MUSEUM
  • TEXAS WENDIGO REPORT
  • THE ENFIELD HORROR
  • WAS THIS A MAN-EATING OCTOPUS?
  • PTERODACTYL SIGHTINGS
  • MANTIS MAN IN NEW JERSEY
  • CFZ TV - EPISODE 106
  • BIGFOOT IN NORTH CAROLINA?
  • BIGFOOT IN TEXAS
  • MICHIGAN: COUGAR SIGHTING
  • NEVADA BIGFOOT
  • NASA ASTRONAUT: ALIENS EXIST!
  • BRAY ROAD BEAST
  • BIGFOOT CONTROVERSIES
  • STRANGE CREATURES OF SUMATRA
  • BATUTUT
  • WHAT IS THIS?
  • SABERTOOTH CATS - MODERN REPORTS
  • VERY CREEPY EXPERIENCE
  • WAS THIS A TINY HUMANOID?
  • DOG-LIKE RACCOON THING
  • ACCOUNTS OF MORAG
  • LOUISIANA EERIE CREATURE
  • MALINGERING HOUND
  • GIMLIN SAYS BIGFOOT EXISTS
  • NORTH AMERICAN BIGFOOT CENTER OPENS
  • DONKEY KILLER OF THE MOJAVE
  • OWLMAN IN PENNSYLVANIA
  • OAK ISLAND TREASURE
  • ATLAND "BIGFOOT"
  • DINOSAURS LIVING TODAY
  • MERMAIDS OF NORTH CAROLINA
  • BIOFORTEAN NOTES
  • BEAST OF BRAY ROAD - A SOLUTION
  • BIGFOOT NEAR MT ST HELENS
  • WULVER - PEACEFUL HUMANOID CANID
  • NEW RAT SPECIES DISCOVERED
  • SIX NEW SPECIES OF GECKO
  • BEES KILLED IN BRAZIL
  • BIGFOOT ENCOUNTER IN HOOSIER NATIONAL FOREST?
  • A LOOK AT THE AGOGWE
  • LAKE CHAMPLAIN MONSTER - A MUTATION?
  • WILDMAN IN BRITAIN
  • GRAY HUMANOID IN BEDROOM
  • LAKE ONTARIO MONSTER
  • BIGFOOT THUMB ARTICULATION
  • MT HOOD AND BIGFOOT
  • IS THIS A BABY BIGFOOT
  • GIFTS FROM BIGFOOT
  • REEDWOLF - LEGENDARY CANID
  • MONSTERS OF LATIN AMERICA
  • SKUNK APES
  • REPORTS OF LAKE ERIE MONSTER
  • MYSTERY ANIMAL OF KNOXVILLE
  • KUMI LIZARD
  • WHITE FIGURE IN AUSTRIA
  • FAIRY FOLKLORE - MEDIEVAL TALES
  • MORETON BAY MONSTER
  • 5 BIGFOOT STORIES
  • HIKER AND INJURED BIGFOOT
  • HOW TO BUILD A WORMHOLE
  • LUMINOUS BEINGS IN BRAZIL
  • WAS THIS A MAN IN BLACK?
  • WOLF WOMAN OF MOBILE
  • LOGGING BIGFOOT SIGHTINGS
  • AUSTRALIAN MYSTERY CATS
  • A LOOK AT AFRICAN MERMAIDS
  • MYSTERY SIMIAN IN TENNESSEE
  • BABY BIGFOOT AND MOTHER
  • PTERODACTYL IN ARIZONA



  • CALLS FROM THE HILLS
  • BIG CAT ROUND UP

    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.



    THE GONZO BLOG DOO-DAH MAN WATCHES THE action


    The Gonzo Daily: Thursday
    Well, so the research team headed by renowned New Zealand scientist Prof. Neil Gemmell has finally published their findings. They have been teasing the media and the general public for months saying that their sampling of water from the lake, and the subsequent testing for DNA have produced the most accurate report yet of the fauna of loch Ness. They then said that whilst they have disproved most of the theories behind the Loch Ness monster, one theory remains plausible.
    Of course newspapers around the world have taken that to mean that they have proved the existence of the Loch Ness monster. Well, they haven’t. What they have done is disprove several of the theories, although two of those aforementioned theories were totally ludicrous in the first place. Therefore, the news that there are no giant sharks or prehistoric reptiles living in Loch Ness is about as impressive as my announcement today that there are no giraffes living in my garden. The announcement that they found no DNA from European catfish or from Sturgeon is far more interesting, because both of those were quite plausible candidates for the identity of the Loch Ness monster.
    The announcement that there are eels living in Loch Ness is no surprise to anyone. They have been living there, and everyone has known that they were living there for a long long time. Therefore, my and Richard’s theory that the Loch Ness monster, if it exists, has to be a giant eel, comes as no surprise, especially to Me and Richard. Although, some quite impressive footage of what does appear to be a giant eel surfaced this week from the webcam of the Ness District Salmon Fisheries Board, and apart from the synchronicity of this turning up within days of Professor Gemmell’s announcement, this does lend weight to the giant eel theory.
    I have been approached by several BBC radio stations to comment on this, and it all depends on my mental health at the time whether I play it for laughs or not.
    ER EDITOR SEZ: THE DIGITAL PRAYER FLAG
    You guys recently did massive amounts of praying for Corinna, and in February, at least, she appeared to be cancer free. I am convinced that these two things are related, with the outpouring of good vibes transmitted electronically, being a little like a Tibetan prayer flag. Having used it once to such good effect - I want to try it on a larger scale. I am still trying to work out the details, so watch this space.
    Blessed be.
    ALL TODAY'S GONZO NEWS WOT'S FIT TO PRINT:

    https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/…/george-harrison-on-…
    George Harrison on John Lennon and The Beatles | T...
    a href="https://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/…/thom-world-poet-dai…
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    CHECK OUT THE GONZO STORES:
    AND OTHER STUFF FEATURING VARIOUS GONZO CONTRIBUTORS:
    Our webTV show:
    https://www.facebook.com/OnTheTrack/posts/632561497117057
    And if you fancy supporting it on Patreon:
    https://www.patreon.com/CFZ
    And by the way chaps and chappesses, a trip to the Jon Downes megastore may seem to be in order:
    https://gonzotesting.blogspot.com/…/a-notion-of-shopkeepers…
    Meanwhile I continue to pretend that I am a popstar, because now I have sold eight whole copies of my new album Coldharbour. If I continue at this rate I will get a silver disc sometime at the beginning of the next millenium. Coldharbour, by the way, can be found here: https://jondownes1.bandcamp.com/releases
    I think it is really rather good, but then again I would say that wouldn't I?
    AND THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE GONZO MAGAZINE:
    Gonzo Weekly #351/2
    THE STRANGER THINGS ISSUE
    http://www.gonzoweekly.com/
    In this peculiarly psychedelic issue we meet the lovely Melanie S Jane, Alan goes to see Andrew Weatherall and Luke Vibert , Doug critiques Simple Minds, Kev meets the Bob Lazar Story, Graham brings us news of the new Hawkwind album, Jon watches the Beatles-based fantasyfisck Yesterday, and describes the new book by Green Rupert Read. And there is oodles more...
    Groovy eh?
    Hail Eris!
    And there are radio shows from Mack Maloney and Friday Night Progressive AND Strange Fruit, there are columns from Kev Rowland and Mr Biffo, C J Stone, and Roy Weard, but Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna are on hiatus. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and antichinuses who have lost their shoes (OK, nothing to do with tiny marsupials who are searching for their footwear, 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:
    Yesterday, The Buddha of Suburbia, Rick Wakeman, Arthur Brown, Jon Anderson, Raymone Bain, Michael Jackson, Shaun Ryder, Ozzy Osbourne, Noel Gallagher, Paradise 9, Essra Mohawk, Richard Freeman, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Canterbury Sans Frontieres, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Anne Grete Preus, Fulati Gidali, Celso PiƱa Arvizu, Mikhail Borisovich Romanov, Samuel Lawrence Taylor, Peter Henry Fonda, Ange Didier Houon, Freddy Bannister, (sometimes written as Freddie Bannister), Reb Foster (Born James Dennis Bruton, Neal Casal, Mitch Podolak, The Fall, The Fall's Mark E Smith and Ed Blaney, John Denver with the Mitchell Trio, Man, Justin Hayward, Nico, Michael Bruce, Kev Rowland, Matt Deacon, Bob Lazar, Melanie S Jane, Doug Harr, Simple Minds, Alan Dearling, Acid Ketchup, Luke Vibert, Andy Weatherall's Solstice Weekend, Greenrose Faire, Odin's Court, Twelfth Night, Tony Klinger, C J Stone, Graham Inglis, Hawkwind, Jonathan Downes, The Wild Colonial Boy, Martin Springett, "This Civilisation is Finished", Rupert Read, Bon Iver,
    Samuel Alexander
    And the last few issues are:
    Issue 353-4 (Melanie S Jane)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-353-4.html
    Issue 351-2 (Royal Affair)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CE…/gonzo-351-2-fvxuatzgf.html
    Issue 349-50 (Experimental Sonic Machines)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-349-50.htm
    Issue 347-8 (Gary Duncan)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-347-8.html
    Issue 345-6 (RDF)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-345-6.html
    Issue 343-4 (Auburn)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-343-4.html
    Issue 341-42 (America)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-341-2.html
    Issue 339-40 (Kev Rowland)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-339-40.html
    Issue 337-38 (Zee)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-337-8.html
    Issue 335-36 (Raz)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-335-6.html
    Issue 333-34 (Nepal)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-333-4.html
    Issue 331-32 (Scott Walker)
    https://www.flipsnack.com/9FE5CEE9E8C/gonzo-331-2.html
    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:
    http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/
    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.
    * The Gonzo Daily is a two way process. If you have any news or want to write for us, please contact me at jon@eclipse.co.uk. If you are an artist and want to showcase your work, or even just say hello please write to me at gonzo@cfz.org.uk. Please copy, paste and spread the word about this magazine as widely as possible. We need people to read us in order to grow, and as soon as it is viable we shall be invading more traditional magaziney areas. Join in the fun, spread the word, and maybe if we all chant loud enough we CAN stop it raining. See you tomorrow...
    * 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 59 who - together with a Jack Russell called Archie, an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, three other cats, 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 elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention Archie and the Cats?

    CFZ CANADA UPDATES

    The Centre for Fortean Zoology was founded in the UK in 1992 - nearly 20 years ago. Over the past two decades it has expanded to become a truly global organisation. We opened our American office in 2001, our Australian office in 2009, and in 2011 - we were proud to welcome CFZ Canada, curated by Robin Bellamy to the CFZ global family.







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    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. 
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    NEWS FROM NOWHERE: Thursday

    ON THIS DAY IN -  1698 - Russia's Peter the Great imposed a tax on beards.
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