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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Monday, July 30, 2012

CORINNA DOWNES: What the hail is going on and why are your shorts wet?

I have to explain right at the beginning of today’s entry,that the last of the above two questions will not be answered on this blog, but I thought that it added a little spice to the heading, without blatantly shouting,“ Roll up, roll up, hear all about it. Come on in and be amazed, shocked or even beguiled by the saga of the wet shorts incident in Tesco”.

Read on...


I have been very fortunate during more than 20 years as a full-time author in that virtually every book that I have personally submitted for publication or have been involved with in some capacity has duly appeared in print. During the mid-1990s, however, there was one notable exception to this successful trend. Read on...

DALE DRINNON: Giant Owl/Cedar and Willow

Just a short one posted at Frontiers of Zoology. This has been posted before, but not latelyhttp://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2012/07/an-owl-to-compare-to-mothman.html

And on Cedar and Willow, the vidcaps for the 1960 movie The Lost World are posted.
(Finally! This one has been giving me no end of trouble to put togetrher and get out!)

Best Wishes, Dale D.

HAUNTED SKIES: Sunday Telegraph 29.1.67


Please forgive the fairly perfunctory nature of today's postings, but I have a doctor's appointment just after mid-day and I want to get as much done before I go as I can. Hopefully my hearing problems will soon be sorted..

I have to admit that I am feeling quite pleased with myself blogwise today. Yesterday we posted the 1000th story. I am amazed it has gone so quickly...

Chris Thompson really is a smashing artist. I have been an avid fan since early April when the Gonzo grande fromage came to visit, and plonked a copy of Chris' new live DVD/CD package into my sticky little hands and said, 'Listen to this dude' (or words to that effect). From the looks of reviews like this, I am not the only afficianado..

It is difficult to know what to say about Rick Wakeman; he plays piano like an angel, he has a ridiculously schoolboy sense of humour (as do I) and he likes cats. He has also just released an archive live album from 2003 which is jolly good.

Dan Wooding is a jolly interesting chap. He has written a number of interesting biographies inclusing one of Britain's first rock and roll rebel Terry Dene, and 'the caped crusader' Rick Wakeman. The Terry Dene book comes out imminently through Gonzo, and the Wakeman book is out now. Check it out.

As you must have noticed whilst reading these pages over the last few weeks (assuming that you have been reading these pages over the past few weeks) Michael Des Barres has a new album out. He has been doing a lot of major interviews, and I thinmk that this one is possibly the best yet..

I have always been a big Beatles fan, and I am also a very keen devotee of the work of Captain Beefheart, but it would never have occurred to me to compare them. However, someone has, and today I have done a link to a remarkably incisive article..

And that is about it for today. I am off to get my ears syringed. Hey Ho!

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

On this day in 1965 J.K. Rowling, writer of the Harry Potter books, was born.
And now the news:

Cull and drought hit feral camels
Vietnam's tiger farms are called trafficking hubs
Lao PDR identified as a key player in illegal ivor...
Divided dolphin societies merge 'for first time'
Experimental Turtle Surgery Performed in NC – via ...
Shark Paradise Discovered
Wildlife Market Surveys in Jakarta Done by Turtle ...
Massive Bigfoot model on eBay
First Photo Evidence of Snub-Nosed Monkey Species ...
South Korea drops scientific whaling plan
New mammal species discovered in Indonesia
Crash cat found after two days in Everglades
Two new areas of marine protection along NI coastl...
Big horned rhinoceros beetles are healthiest
Big Butterfly Count 2012 - Worrying lack of butter...
Ten British species given new names

All the spells from the Harry Potter films in order:

CFZ PEOPLE: Lars and Jeanett Thomas

LARS THOMAS WRITES: Dear friends and colleagues in the world of cryptozoology.

So many of you have expressed love and support during the almost six months my wife has been missing, so I feel it is my duty to inform you that the long wait, the months of anxiety and speculating is over – a few days ago I had...

The dreaded visit

On a Wednesday morning

There were two of them

We’re sorry to inform you...

Finally the answer

The gut wrenching answer I had known for months

Drowned, they said

Drifted all the way to the Polish coast, they said

I don’t really care, because now I truly know that you are no longer here, and that some part of me will be for ever lonely

23 years – just like that

But we will survive, the boys and I, we will never get over it, but we will learn to live with it.

But I promise you will be proud of us.
I promise I will give our boys the best life I possibly can.
I promise we will try to be happy again.

My fingers hesitate as my tears fall on the keyboard

So for the very last time
Farewell my love, my sweet, my life

Sleep well.

Apparently Jeanett fell into the water in Copenhagen Harbour and drowned the night in February where she disappeared. It is a small comfort that the weather and the water were blisteringly cold. It must have been over in seconds. And then she drifted all the way across the Baltic to land on the north coast of Poland. She was actually found in early April, but for some reason the Polish authorities didn’t bother to try establishing her identity until now. I have no idea when I can get her home and bury her – the paperwork (of which the Polish authorities are very fond it would seem) could take several more weeks.

Thank you – and please remember her.

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...

From Nick Redfern's World of Whatever:

From CFZ Australia:

From CFZ Canada:


Matt Salusbury is an old friend of ours, and we are very pleased to be publishing his groundbreaking book on pygmy elephants later this year.

In the meantime there is a blog: