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...

Search This Blog



In between each episode of OTT, we now present OTTXtra. Here are three episodes pretty much at random:


Click on this logo to find out more about helping CFZtv and getting some smashing rewards...


Unlike some of our competitors we are not going to try and blackmail you into donating by saying that we won't continue if you don't. That would just be vulgar, but our lives, and those of the animals which we look after, would be a damn sight easier if we receive more donations to our fighting fund. Donate via Paypal today...

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Markus Hemmler: The Chinese Globster

Summertime… In April a '55 Feet Long Unknown Fish Species’ washed ashore near Guangdong, China, according to what was published for the first time in May 2011, for example, from Cryptomundo. Nearly two months have gone by but now some newspapers around the world are publishing the story (again) and so the carcass is the object of various discussions on what it could be.

For those confident with whales and whale carcasses, it’s obviously another decomposed whale (and therefore a mammal not a fish as said in many articles btw). The picture shown widely within English sources is low quality but there are two better ones available on Chinese websites (see below). On the left side of both pictures lies the tail and rest of the tail fluke so on the right side of both pictures we have the head or rostrum. This indicates that the bone sticking out of the sand near the rostrum is nothing more than one of the curved lower jaws of a rorqual whale. From the tip of the decomposed rostrum to the estimated middle of the body we can identify ventral grooves what is absolutely typical for rorquals.

So all characteristics and also opinions of scientists (like, for example, Scott Baker of Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute) agree to the same identity: a rorqual. The only question remaining is what species of rorqual. If we accept the length of 55 feet it has to be one of the greater whales like Fin-, Sei- or Blue whale. But according to most chinese sources the length of the carcass was only 13 meters (42 feet) - what is also the opinion of Mr Baker and myself - so it could also be a Bryde’s whale (with a maximum length around 15.5 meters for this species). Identifying the exact species is difficult from these pictures as they show no distinct feature for identification, unlike the carcass of Ataka, Egypt, of 1950 (three ridges on the dorsal side of the rostrum identifiying it clearly as Bryde’s whale; for a detailed identification see http://www.kryptozoologie-online.de/Dracontologie/Salzwasserkryptide/ataka-kadaver.html).

The whale was buried but as whale strandings in China are rare the Chinese officials will examine the carcass later.


http://www.oeeee.com/a/20110428/987132.html (including Picture 1)
http://strandingnetchina.org/view.php?aid=303 (including Picture 2)
Published with Blogger-droid v1.7.4


Back when I was a boy and used to collect moths, one of the prized items in my collection was the forewing of a moth called Mormo maura - The Old Lady. I read about it in The Observer's Book of Larger British Moths which my long-dead Uncle Tim gave me for my 8th birthday, and I always rather wanted to meet one in the flesh so to speak.

When I first got the book I was a schoolboy in Hong Kong, and despite being surrounded with a dazzling panoply of exotic species I read and re-read the book Uncle Tim had given me, and memorised many of the species.

In 1973 (by which time we were back in England) we went on a family walk to Bucks Mills, and there, on the corner of the last house before the twisty little path down to the beach I found a huge spider's web, and in the web was the front wing of one of these moths.

And until last night, I never saw hide nor hair (OK moths have neither hide nor hair, but you know what I mean) of this species again.

But last night, to paraphrase Sir Paul McC an old lady came in through the bathroom window.

My days of moth collecting except in pictures are long gone, so I called Corinna, we both photographed the venerable she-moth and I released her out into the night.

It is nice when - a week before one's 52nd birthday - one gets to realise a lifelong ambition, albeit a minor one.

Thanks Uncle Tim.

Published with Blogger-droid v1.7.4


HAUNTED SKIES: FROM THE ARCHIVES - UFO articles from 'Popular Mechanics' - A Dummy Explanation 00.09.97


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 897 Wilfred the Hairy died. He was a count of Barcelona and as far as I can tell not of major historical significance (apologies to our Spanish friends if I've got that wrong though) but he did have a really cool name.
And now the news:

Do Tayras Plan for the Future?
Mortal combat is the rational choice for wasps
Rare whale birth off NSW north coast
Revealing seaweed secrets of North Sea coastline
Handler Raymond Hoser lets a death adder and taipa...
Italy: Panther sighting (via Chad Arment)
Spermless mosquitoes hold promise to stop malaria

Mosquito hunting: