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, July 07, 2012

What Mythical Creature Are You?" Quiz!


Which of these mysterious monsters are you?

Greetings, monster hunters! With the release of The Secret World this week, we've put together a quiz of some of the most famous (or infamous) cryptids and mythological creatures around.

Are you a big fan of eating livestock, like the Chupacabra? Or maybe you just like swimming around in Scotland, like the Loch Ness Monster! Take the quiz and find out!

Take the quiz!

I, by the way, am the purple rail of Hiva Oa (apparently)


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 should have a go at publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in.

It takes a long time to do and is a fairly tedious task so I am not promising that they will be done each day, but I will do them as regularly as I can. JD

Big cat sighting
Cumnock Chronicle
NEW Cumnock was this week plunged into a wild cat mystery - after the alleged sighting of the unusually large black moggy near the village., Byline: Editorial, Category: News, Subcategory:Roundup, Published: 2012-06-29 09:30:00.

HAUNTED SKIES: Sun (The) 20.2.67

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1898 Soapy Smith, a confidence man turned king pin who manufactured a petrified man, died as a result of being gunned down.

And now the news:

If you want to know more about Soapy Smith's petrified man hoax why not watch the handsome chap in this video tell you all about it:



It is sunday again (don't you know it?)
when I pretend to be a poet
and take up my self-imposed gauntlets
doing Gonzo Daily in rhyming couplets
and if anyone might ask me why,
I say "dunno, but I have to try"
and if you think I'm just some freak
gimme a break its only once a week...

And so we start Gonzo Today,
with an Ant-Bee story (Hip Hooray)
its difficult here not to list the names
of the folk who collaborate with Billy James
there's different ones on every song
from The Magic Band, Focus or Gong,
and here it should be understood
his new CD is bloody good!

And here for you to read and see
a review of Troy Donockley,
you should know him, well I mean cripes
he can't half play those Celtic pipes,
his piping gives his music wings
he's a virtuoso on these things
and lots of artists count their blessings,
and want to have him on their sessions

Now who is next, I wonder can you guess
He used to play keyboards with Yes,
and now I'm led to understand
he's the BBCs grumpy old man
but he orchestrates a merry dance
with his brand of prog par excellence
here's something that was sent to me
a review of his new Live CD

And now its time to take a gander
at this review of Erik Norlander
another keyboard maestro gent.
on his DVDs your money's well spent,
he has two deluxe packages out
and both of them are worth a shout
so forgive me making such a fuss
but both have been released by us

Now who is this ageing hippy
in this stupid picture (oops its me)
but traditionally I make the most
of stuff which arrives in my post
And you wouldn't get such a thrill
from an overdue water rates bill
as you do when you're picturing me
waving a Beefheart DVD

And now something from me to you
a Michael Des Barres interview
and here I think I should repeat
that his new CD Carnaby Street
will be released on Tuesday 10th,
its not out now, so quench your sorrow
its only the dat after tomorrow

There are few artists in the Music Biz
who are as good as my friend Liz
(and by the way, 'Indian Summer'
her new album is a real stunner)
but today's story (never mind)
she's leaving the Auburn band behind
but not for good (that would be dire)
she's doing Latitude festival with the choir

And so I've finished once again
but I'll be back on sunday when
I'll bring you all the Gonzo news
filtered through my poetic muse



Whilst the focus of the CFZ Mystery Cat study group is predominantly the search for proof of the British big cats, it would be unrealistic to forget that this is only part of a global mystery-cat phenomenon.

Here are a selection of mystery cat stories from around the world.

The mystery of the Emmaville black panther
Glen Innes Examiner
The mystery of the Emmaville black panther ... Obviously feeling his knowledge of big game cats put him in the hot seat, Mr Bergin travelled to Emmaville and ...

Hundreds of lions, tigers and other big cats live in Indiana. Yep, Indiana.
The Statehouse File
Individuals in Indiana – and a dozen other states – must obtain permits to own big cats. Another eight states have no restrictions at all on their ownership, meaning individuals can have tigers or lions or other animals with no regulations on their ...

Map: Mountain Lion Sightings Near and Far
We haven't heard of any Big Cat sightings in Lamorinda, but that doesn't mean they're not out there. Have you seen a mountain lion any time recently? Any time in the last year or so? Mark it in the map by clicking the "add" button, and tell us about it ...

It wasn'ta dog, or a coyote, a deer or a house cat
Guelph Mercury
I've never doubted the stories of folks who have described sightings of things that seemed like big cats in these parts. Parts of the stories they've often told—such as seeing an animal with a long, swooping tail and a unique gait—ring even more ...

Map: Mountain Lion Sightings Near and Far
To start 2012, there were three reported sightings in Santa Cruz County, followed by an alleged attack in Los Gatos last month. We haven't heard of any big cat sightings recently in Novato, but that doesn't mean they're not out there. Have you seen a ...

Police Say Big Cats Seen In Northeast Kentucky
LEX18 Lexington KY News
Kelley told The Independent that the sightings haven't been confirmed by animal control officers or police, but people should not approach any unfamiliar large animal. We thought it was maybe more like a wildcat but they said it was bigger than that,

NEW INFO: Ashland Mountain Lion Sightings Spark Police Alert
Police and wildlife experts say do not approach a big cat, call 911.

Mountain lion seen walking along Woodside park trail
San Jose Mercury News
The big cat was seen at Huddart Park, located at 1100 Kings Mountain Road just outside Woodside, at 8:30 p.m. walking along a trail, county emergency officials said. Officials warn if residents see a mountain lion to not approach it and avoid ...

Big cats spotted in Ashland » Local News » Daily Independent ...
Beware of the big cats! Two separate sightings of what appears to be wild animals in the mountain lion or cougar family were reported to the Ashland.

Police Say Big Cats Seen In Northeast Ky.
LEX18 Lexington KY News
ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) - Whatever may be prowling around Ashland doesn't appear to be a typical Kentucky Wildcat. Ashland Police Maj. Todd Kelley said two people have called in reports of seeing a mountain lion or cougar around the city in the last several ...

Mountain lion sightings continue
Worthington Daily Globe
Wollmuth is well aware of that case, where the shooters were actually fined for killing the large cat. In Iowa, it isn't illegal to shoot a mountain lion. Still, he said local law enforcement wouldn't want to go to those extremes unless the mountain ...

Moot Points
Daily Record
While you hear about mountain lion attacks on humans from time to time, they are rare. Only 20 people were killed in North America in a 121-year period (1890-2011) by the big cats, and the majority of those were in Canada. Six have been killed in ...

Bogue: Bobcat spotted in San Jose backyard
San Jose Mercury News
Those big spotted cats are normally so shy you don't even see them in the wilds. Now, things seem to have changed. I've had six or seven reports of bobcats in Bay Area backyards in just the last couple of months. They appear to be adapting to us humans ...

Police say big cats seen in northeast Ky.
Whatever may be prowling around Ashland doesn't appear to be a typical Kentucky Wildcat.

Shohola man claims to see a cougar; it wasn't Demi Moore
Pocono Record
"Funny thing was, when I saw him the first time, I saw brown. He looked like a deer because he was the same color. Then I saw the tail moving and realized it was a wild cat," said Lord, 63. The big cat's tail swished in slow motion. "He was huge! I was ...

California man survives mountain lion attack
McClatchy Washington Bureau
The big cat - California's top wildlife predator - approached him in the dark, perhaps out of simple curiosity, and the confrontation quickly brought the hiking trip to a bloody close. The man survived, but with numerous bites and cuts, and the ...

Cougar pounces on sleeping man
San Francisco Chronicle (blog)
He wasn't in a very good position to start with.” The attack lasted for 1 ½ to 2 minutes, the victim told investigators, before the lion backed about 15 feet away. The big cat then watched him for up to 30 seconds before disappearing into the night ...

first post, possible big cat in Western Aust? - Cryptozoology ...
first post, possible big cat in Western Aust? - posted in Cryptozoology, Myths and Legends: Hi folks, this is my first post to this forum, its good to see so many ...

Police say big cats seen in northeast Kentucky | The Courier-Journal ...
Ashland Police Maj. Todd Kelley said two people have called in reports of seeing a mountain lion or cougar around the city in the last several days.

Biology Professor Says He's Positive He Spotted A Mountain Lion In The Noth ...
New Hampshire Public Radio
But Weber says Fish and Game doesn't have any proof that a mountain lion being spotted in the state is anything more than a a big cat passing through or possibly a pet turned loose by its owner. “But we are convinced that we don't have a native ...

Big cat bites small dog near Ruedi Reservoir - OutThereColorado.com
Big cat bites small dog near Ruedi Reservoir | dog, mountain, small, cat, reservoir , attacked, ruedi, lion, hikers, bites.

Citizens Show Little Worry As Hunt Continues For Nevada County Mountain Lion
CBS Local
As people flock to the parks and trails, wildlife officials are still concerned about an aggressive big cat on the loose.

CFZ CANADA: Mermaids in the media

“Breaking News: Mermaidsare not real, U.S. government declares”

This was an LA Times headline on July 5, 2012. If we can get past the fact that this isneither “breaking” nor “news”, what is left is a headline that ismisleading. The article cited for the Times story is actuallya blog entry for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA)whichstates "No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found." That is not the same as “they don’t exist.”

Read on..

LINK: Flathead Lake Monster article with video

I wasn't able to embed the video, unfortunately, so you will have to follow the link below...

Hanzel is not surprised when the phone rings and someone has something a little odd to tell him.

“There are 97 sightings on Flathead Lake.”

He’s talking about sightings of the Flathead Lake Monster. Hanzel has mapped out reported sightings and collected articles.

Read on...