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, November 04, 2010

NEIL ARNOLD: Some Kent Snippets

G. Howell’s A Kentish Notebook of 1891 records the following stories:

The Gravesend Mermaid
‘Real Wonders!’ At Gravesend – Exhibition August 1825 – ‘A Gravesender visited these wonders (in relation to beautiful dolphins, a learned pig etc) in company with his children and saw the Mermaid, which, he says, “was about 2-ft high”, and had one arm, the other having been cut off and sold. The woman who exhibited it, declared to me it was no imposition that it had been inspected, very minutely, in London, by professional gentlemen and that it was pronounced to be a Mermaid.

A Kentish Swordfish
November 10th 1888 – Capture of a swordfish at Sittingbourne – Long Reach, Milton Creek, caught by a bargeman , 5-ft, 2” from tip of tail to tip of sword. Possibly in pursuit of a whale seen at Gillingham – trying to find its way to the Mediterranean or the Atlantic.

A Sea Eel
1761 – A sea eel, 6-ft long, 20 inches round and weighing 30lb was lately taken in a shallow water, where it had been left by the tide at Whitstable…

A Conger Eel
October 1760 – A conger eel was lately taken in the River Medway near Romney Marsh, which measured 7-ft, 6 ½ inches, and in circumference 2-ft 9” and ¾ with a weight of 56 lbs.

Sperm Whale
February 1762 – Sperm whale 61-ft in length at Broadstairs.
December 1764 – A Spermaceti whale was thrown ashore on the flats at Seasalter, nr Whistable – 54 ft in length, 38-ft in girth at its broadest point.

Autumn 1854 – forty to fifty young whales at the Thames at Gravesend – proceeded until (?). One struck by steamer paddle. All travelled down river.

More monster fish stories to come…

ROBERT SCHNECK: What on earth is this?

Hi Jon,

While reading a blog called AltJapan I came across this picture. The blogger describes it as a larval Mothra, which sounds reasonable to me, but can CFZers identify this creature?http://altjapan.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/05/index.html

"N.C. Man Lures Bigfoot with Candy"



Oll Lewis looks at one of the animals often confused with the Indian yeti

TERATOLOGY: A six-legged deer


Annie Makoff found this link on Youtube:


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1955 Dr Emmett 'Doc' Brown came up with the idea for the 'flux capacitor' the device that makes time travel possible. This is of course from the movie Back to the Future and didn't actually happen, but today is known as flux capacitor day by fans of the trilogy across the world. In the UK it is traditional to celebrate with fireworks and bonfires, where an effigy of Biff is burnt. So if you are visiting the UK from abroad at the moment now you'll understand why so many people are lighting fireworks tonight, say “Thank you, Oll.”
And now, the news:

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Ever seen something too cute for words? Well, this is: