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, September 29, 2012

CRYPTOLINK: Trail Cam Bigfoot?


KARL SHUKER: The two headed kestrel that came home


LINDSAY SELBY: Lake Merritt creature, monster or mermaid?

Lake Merritt is a wildlife refuge dating from 1870 I believe. It is home to  fish, crabs, sponges, copepods, tubeworms, water and land birds, and lots of other wildlife. You can find out more here :http://www.lakemerrittinstitute.org/index.htm

But is it also home to a monster? The stories surfaced in  2007 of a creature in the shallow lake(about 11 feet deep, 3.5 metres) and went on for a couple of years see here:

A hoax was said by most but then someone uncovered stories from 1940s and 1950s in the local newspaper.

“Sooner or later every loch must have its monster. Today we give you the Lake Merritt MONSTER! The legend, which some go so far as to disbelieve, dates back to that far-off time when turgid streams snaked their way down from the hills to form San Antonio creek. On a day of untold lightnings and unseemly thunderings...a vast, slimy amphibious creature slithered along one of these water courses, waded along the creek till he came to the estuary, and hollowed out with a fillip of his tail the basin that later became Lake Merritt.”– J. Burroughs, Oakland Tribune - June 21, 1946
There are various recent reports from people who say  they have seen the creature and they tell that  that sightings begin with a slow roiling bubble on the surface of the lake. Then a dragon’s head attached to an eel-like body with undulating humps appears. The sighting usually lasts a few seconds then the creature  submerges with more bubbles.

The Lake Chalet bartender, Laurance Alvarado claims to have seen the beast more than once. “I remember the first time I saw it. It went in and out of the water, then disappeared. It was literally right there, I could’ve thrown a stone at it.” Alvarado described the creature  as  8/9 feet long ( just less than 2  metres). He also says, “It wouldn’t surprise me at this lake, some mutant thing.”

However there is another story about the lake , about the mermaid that was said to live there in the 1800s. She was a beautiful woman , half fish and sightings of her form persisted for many years but petered out. In the 1880’s Oakland City’s untreated sewage was dumped in the lake and many said that had killed the mermaid. 

Could the Lake Merritt Mermaid and the Lake  Merritt Monster be the same thing that was seen. Possibilities include  a large fish, a salamander or something like a manatee or seal that was stranded or dumped there? It is interesting that since the lake has been cleaned the stories of a creature in the lake also re –emerges. So what do you think monster, mermaid or hoax?

HAUNTED SKIES: Daily Mail 9.1.69.


WATCHER OF THE SKIES: Today's Fortean bird news

After about six months of regular postings on the main bloggo, Corinna has taken the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.


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. In September 2012, Emma Osborne decided that the Mystery Cat Study Group really deserved a blog of its own within the CFZ Blog Network.

Here is the latest tranche of news...

  • SIGHTING: Is it a big cat... or a big hoax?
  • SIGHTING: West Lothian woman claims panther is to ...
  • SIGHTING: West Lothian, Scotland
  • NEWSLINK: More on the Tarzan legal case
  • SIGHTING: Cougar in Washington State
  • NEWSLINK: More on the NJ Savannah cat

  • DALE DRINNON: Apple Snitchers/Cedar and Willow

    New at Frontiers of Zoology, reprint from a Facebook update that was just posted on my timeline:

    and Oh yeah-earlier in the AM, I DID post a lot of photos of Hayden Panettiere due to pressure from multiple fan requests and so that probably counts for SOMETHING!


    Here comes the weekend! I am awaiting the arrival of my darling younger stepdaughter today, so for much of today I shall have my stepdad hat on rather than my music journalist one. However, I have still managed to cobble together some interesting stuff for you all..

    I have found a new source of record reviews, and in a lovely bit of happenstance there are two Gonzo records reviewed by him today. The first is the smashing new 4CD set by Jefferson Starship..

    The second is the smashing new live album by the alternative Yes..

    Michael Des Barres writing about Led Zeppelin eh? That's a combination to thrill you. When Michael Des Barres writes like this, I am reminded (as if any reminder was necessary) why I hold the man in such esteem..

    About a week ago I posted a link to the new single by my old mate Paul Whitrow, and jolly good it is. He is also something to do with the Brisfest festival up in Bristol. This year's event featured Hawkwind and De La Soul amongst others...

    A look at Jon Anderson's first solo album back in the day. It is whispered that a sequel is in the works...

    I like the Beach Boys, I have always liked the Beach Boys, and was particularly happy when - earlier this year - the surviving members of the original line-up reunited and made a smashing album which reaffirmed one's faith in human nature. That's why God made the Radio is a lovely record, and had Brian Wilson's fingerprints all over it. It has the same DNA as Smile, Pet Sounds, and the other bona fide classics that Wilson has masterminded over the years. Now, in a surprise move, Mike Love has kicked Brian, Al and David Marks out of the band.

    And finally, we take our daily visit to the singular universe of Thom the World Poet:

    The Gonzo Daily is a two way process. If you have any news or want to write for us, please contact me at jon@eclipse.co.uk. If you are an artist and want to showcase your work, or even just say hello please write to me at gonzo@cfz.org.uk. Please copy, paste and spread the word about this magazine as widely as possible. We need people to read us in order to grow, and as soon as it is viable we shall be invading more traditional magaziney areas. Join in the fun, spread the word, and maybe if we all chant loud enough we CAN stop it raining. See you tomorrow...

    The Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The Editor is an old hippy of 53 who - together with his orange cat - puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cat?