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 05, 2011

D.R.SHOOP: The Waggle Dance of the Honeybee


How can honeybees communicate the locations of new food sources? Austrian biologist Karl Von Frisch devised an experiment to find out! By pairing the direction of the sun with the flow of gravity, honeybees are able to explain the distant locations of food by dancing. "The Waggle Dance of the Honeybee" details the design of Von Frisch's famous experiment and explains the precise grammar of the honeybees dance language with high quality visualizations.

This video is a design documentary, developed by scientists at Georgia Tech's College of Computing in order to better understand and share with others, the complex behaviors that can arise in social insects. Their goal at the Multi-Agent Robotics and Systems (MARS) Laboratory is to harness new computer vision techniques to accelerate biologists' research in animal behavior. This behavioral research is then used, in turn, to design better systems of autonomous robots.

For additional detail on the MARS lab at Georgia Tech, please visit http://www.bio-tracking.org/.

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Check out the video at the above link (I couldn't pinch it or even a screen grab without risking the wrath of a News International Hit Squad); I think its a guillemot....

RICHARD MUIRHEAD: A giant pine marten? (It must be a giant if it is killing sheep)



OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1820 Jenny Lind was born. Lind was billed by P.T. Barnum as 'the Swedish Nightingale' and he made a fortune in promoting her performances at his museum and on a national tour. As no recording was ever made of Lind's singing it is unknown just how much her reputation depended on Barnum's hype but the same procedure for making money from recording artists is still in practice today, widely used by Simon Cowell in his TV shows, which are essentially puff pieces to hype up whoever he signs and every time a bland and distinctly average band get hyped up as “The best band EVER!!!!!” (Coldplay, for example). Lind was undoubtedly a very talented singer, even if Barnum was hyping her up to epic proportions, and a nice person as she took very little money for herself from her work with Barnum, making sure almost all the huge profits went to help charitable organisations in Sweden. Knowing the buckets of money he'd make even with this clause built into the contract and seeing the increased publicity potential it would bring to the shows when he discretely revealed to the press how much of the money would be going to charity, Barnum jumped at the chance to get Lind to perform.

And now the news:

A Fish's Personality May Determine How It Is Captu...
Climate swings increase extinction risk
‘Penguin’ spotted near Portsmouth
Grazing Zebras Versus Cattle: Not So Black and Whi...
NZ Minister condemns Japan's whaling plans
Colonies of two rare stalked jellyfish found in Ke...
Cull 'cannot save' Tasmanian devil

P.T. Barnum answers his critics (via the acting skills of Silas Hawkins and the writing skills of myself):


Yesterday was a strange day and today does not look as if it is going to be much better. I was woken up at some ungodly hour of the morning (7:00 give or take) by someone from Radio 5 Live who wanted to interview me about the yeti.

"Why?" I asked, and it turned out to be in connection with a Russian conmference and expedition. Various bits of the BBC phoned me at intervals throughout the day, and again this morning, and each time I gave a non-committal interview saying that I knew next to nothing about the project and wished them well.

Then I got a disturbing phone call from Lars Thomas.

Lars had a strange phone call from someone going by the name of John yesterday. Apparently this chap claimed to be from a production company making a documentary about the ‘tricks and humbug’ of the world of cryptozoology, including the CFZ. After speaking to Lars – who told him to do something drastic with himself physically – he threatened Lars to face the consequences if he were to break silence about the call. The caller’s number was ‘withheld’, and that, along with the threat, would seem to indicate that chicanery is afoot.

Let's hope today shapes up to be better, but having been woken again by the BBC World Service at an ungodly hour, I think that this is highly unlikely.



1. The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman (-)
2. Haunted Skies Volume Three by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (-)

3. Haunted Skies Volume Two by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (3)
4. Haunted Skies Volume One by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (5)
5=. In the wake of Bernard Heuvelmans by Michael Woodley (-)
5=. Dark Dorset by Mark North and Robert Newland (5)
7. UFO Down! by Andy Roberts (1)
8=. The Owlman and Others by Jon Downes (8)
8=. The Mystery Animals of Ireland by Gary Cunningham and Ronan Coghlan (-)
10. Man Monkey - In search of the British Bigfoot by Nick Redfern (-)


1. The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman (8)
2. The Cryptid Creatures of Florida by Scott Marlowe (-)
3. The Inhumanoids by Barton Nunnelly (5)
4. Haunted Skies Volume One by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (5)
5=. Extraordinary Animals Revisited by Dr Karl Shuker (8)
5=. Karl Shuker's Alien Zoo by Dr Karl Shuker (-)
5=. The Mystery Animals of the British Isles: The Northern Isles by Glen Vaudrey (-)
8=. The Owlman and Others by Jon Downes (-)
8=. Haunted Skies Volume Three by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (-)
8=. The Mystery Animals of the British Isles: Gloucestershire and Worcestershire by Paul Williams (-)

Last month's positions in this pinky colour, which I think is called cerise. September's sales were rather good in both the UK and the USA. Certainly nothing to grumble about. Richard's good showing is almost certainly because of the Fortean Times review....

DALE DRINNON: A little bit of sasquatch art history