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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Saturday, February 05, 2011



As regular readers of his writings, and indeed the things that we have done together, will know, Nick Redfern is particularly fond of Cannock Chase, an area of rural Staffordshire with more than its fair share of phantoms, panthers, UFOs and things wot go bump in the night. Now it is under threat and Redders is getting very concerned....



Long term CFZ folk will know Nigel Wright and his family. Nigel was my assistant for years and looked after me on such memorable investigations as the Cannock crocodile hunt of 2003. Back in the summer of 1999 we also co-wrote a book called The Rising of the Moon, which made somewhat of a stir at the time.

Nigel now lives in the north of England with his wife Sue and their little girl. Excuse me, did I say little girl? The self-assured young lady at the top left is Bethany Wright now aged 13. I honestly did not believe it when Nigel sent me the story from The Daily Mirror. She was just a little girl last time I saw her....

BETH TYLER-KING: Has anyone lost a cat?

LINDSAY SELBY: Unknown lake to be explored

Russia poised to breach mysterious Antarctic lake
By Alissa de Carbonnel
MOSCOW Fri Feb 4, 2011 7:34pm GMT

MOSCOW (Reuters) - For 15 million years, an icebound lake has remained sealed deep beneath Antarctica's frozen crust, possibly hiding prehistoric or unknown life. Now Russian scientists are on the brink of piercing through to its secrets."There's only a bit left to go," Alexei Turkeyev, chief of the Russian polar Vostok Station, told Reuters by satellite phone. His team has drilled for weeks in a race to reach the lake, 3,750 meters (12,000 ft) beneath the polar ice cap, before the end of the brief Antarctic summer.It was here that the coldest temperature ever found on Earth -- minus 89.2 Celsius (minus 128.6 Fahrenheit) -- was recorded.With the rapid onset of winter, scientists will be forced to leave on the last flight out for this season, on Feb 6."It's minus 40 (Celsius) outside," Turkeyev said. "But whatever, we're working. We're feeling good. There's only 5 meters left until we get to the lake so it'll all be very soon.

"Scientists suspect the lake's depths will reveal new life forms, show how the planet was before the ice age and how life evolved. It could offer a glimpse at what conditions for life exist in the similar extremes of Mars and Jupiter's moon Europa."It's like exploring an alien planet where no one has been before. We don't know what we'll find," said Valery Lukin of Russia's Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) in St Petersburg, which oversees the expedition.

Experts say the ice sheet acts like a duvet, trapping in the Earth's geothermal heat and preventing the lakes from freezing.Sediment from the lake could take scientists back millions of years to tropical prehistoric times, the AARI's Lukin said.Lake Vostok, about the size of Lake Baikal in Siberia, is the largest, deepest and most isolated of Antarctica's 150 subglacial lakes. It is supersaturated with oxygen, resembling no other known environment on Earth.

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OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1966 Rick Astley was born.
And now, the news:

‘Creature’ spotted by surprised office staff
'Loch Nash Monster' sighting in Easthampton is the...
Fish die en masse after UFO sighting
Bird sighting means winter should take wing

Oh, what fun. OK, here's the real news links:

‘Creature’ spotted by surprised office staff
'Loch Nash Monster' sighting in Easthampton is the...
Fish die en masse after UFO sighting
Bird sighting means winter should take wing

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