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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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

LARS THOMAS: The first Danish wolf in 200 years?

Foto/billede af Ulv (Canis lupus)

CRYPTOLINK: Akulivik woman recalls encounter with hairy bigfoot

This photo that Maggie Cruikshank posted on Facebook shows what she believes to be the footprint of the creature she saw last month near Akulivik.
This photo that Maggie Cruikshank posted on Facebook shows what she believes to be the footprint of the creature she saw last month near Akulivik.

“This is scary. It has affected my emotions"

Maggie Cruikshank of Akulivik has an incredible story to tell.
Late in the afternoon on a rainy, windy September Saturday she and a cousin went out from Akulivik to pick berries.
“We moved around a lot because we were looking for big berries,” said Cruikshank, a 46-year-old language teacher with the Kativik School Board.
“My cousin noticed something — she thought it was a hunter, but I ignored her because I wanted to go home while the sun was still up. Then, she started to be scared. I got up and looked to where she pointed. It was a very large animal, a bigfoot.”
The creature was black, hairy and without any clothes. “Taller and larger than a man,” said Cruikshank. “It walks like us but not standing straight like us, it can jump and crawl.” And its footprint measures some 40 centimetres.

Read on...


I am writing this lateish on Monday night, because Graham and I will be up and away by noon tomorrow. We are off to Southampton to film and photograph the legendary Jefferson Starship. We will be stopping off at Barnstaple Museum where the lovely Jess H, and Ross B-P will be labouring on the CFZ exhibition which opens to the public on Saturday. If you are in the vicinity, please pop in.
The Gonzo Daily Rolling Stones week continues with our first look at the amazingly lavish 50th Anniversary volume which is entitled '50'.
Part three of our interview with the lovely and multitalented Ms Cookerybook
The latest news on the brave Pakistani schoolgirl showcased in Thom's poem a few days ago
The Gonzo Videographer is in imminent danger of being attacked by a dalek
Tomorrow we shall be full of news about today's sojourn with Jefferson Starship, so as a taster, here is Cathy Richardson's tour videoblog..
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?


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 they should be archived by us in some way, and 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...

  • SIGHTINGS: Lion sightings reported in Bedfordshire...
  • SIGHTINGS: Mountain lion sightings fuel lore in ea...
  • SIGHTING: 'Lion' on the loose in Bedford: big cat 

  • DALE DRINNON: Elk shaped structure/Berkshire Beast/ Most endangered Primates

    New at Frontiers of Anthropology:
    There are a few more blogs in process; I have a couple still coming and Benny has at least one I know of

    HAUNTED SKIES: Times (The) 15.8.69.


    WATCHER OF THE SKIES: Today's Fortean bird news

    In an article for the first edition of Cryptozoology Bernard Heuvelmans wrote that cryptozoology is the study of 'unexpected animals' and following on from that perfectly reasonable assertion, it seems to us that - whereas the study of out of place birds may not have the glamour of the hunt for bigfoot, or lake monsters - it is still a perfectly valid area for the Fortean Zoologist to be interested in. So, 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.

    CRYPTOLINK: We have pictures of the Mexican oarfish

    In Florida, scientists have their hands on a large and mysterious eyeball, which washed ashore Wednesday, and are trying to determine what kind of sea creature it belonged to. That could take a few days.

    But in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, another bizarre find was made Friday: that of an oarfish, which washed ashore on bustling Medano Beach, which features a view of the end of the Baja California peninsula.

    Oarfish are deep-water denizens that are rarely seen. But because of their long, slender appearance, and their bright-orange dorsal fins and manes, they helped spawn myths of sea serpents and sea monsters among ancient mariners.

    They've been known to reach lengths of 30-plus feet.

    Pisces Sportfishing reports that an employee from Pisces Real Estate helped discover an estimated 15-foot specimen that washed up in the gentle breakers.

    Gonzalez "was working very hard, sitting under an umbrella on the main beach of Cabo-El Medano at an open house we are hosting today at Hacienda," states the Pisces blog. "He was right in front of Villa 2 when he saw a commotion on the beach and a small crowd gathered at the water's edge. His first thought was, 'There's been an accident.'

    "Then he saw three locals supporting what appeared to him as a monster from the deep. He ran down to get a closer look and saw three locals assisting the strange creature, which appeared to be in distress as it struggled for air."

    Unsuccessful attempts were made to revive the oarfish and return it to the Sea of Cortez, and ultimately it was collected for scientific study.

    Oarfish inhabit the world's oceans but are found in the dark depths between about 600 and 3,000 feet. On the rare occasions one is seen on or near a beach--this happens very rarely and sporadically--it's either sick or injured, dying or already dead.

    Their silver bodies have no scales and the fish swim with undulating motions, serpent-like.

    Tracy Ehrenberg, who runs Pisces Sportfishing, said this is the first known oarfish to have washed up on Cabo's main beach. She discussed the discovery Friday morning on the "Baja Now" Internet radio show with Phil Friedman.

    Read on...

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    On this day in 1986 Reinhold Messner became the first person in history to summit all fourteen mountains over 8,000 meters in height.
    And now the news:

  • Bull sharks have strongest bite of all shark speci...
  • Researchers Discover Unexpected Patterns in Evolut...
  • Fish Form of 'Love Drug' Guides Social Decisions
  • Choreography of Submerged Whale Lunges Revealed
  • Aurochs being recreated - Or are they?
  • Captiva Island, Florida Eastern Indigo Snake Foun...
  • Chinese turtle passes waste urea through its mouth...
  • Healthy Mom With Lots of Help Key to Thriving Broo...
  • Go West, Young Lion: New Study Shows Mountain Lion...
  • 100-Million-Year-Old Spider Attack Found in Amber
  • London bee numbers 'could be too high'
  • Great crested newts discovery halts Corby school b...
  • Dogs' breakfasts boost search performance, says st...

  • A dramatic recreation of Messner's summiting of the world's fourteen highest mountains, set to a jaunty tune that goes on about Dudley in the English Midlands for some reason: