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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Sunday, October 21, 2012

CRYPTOLINK: Akulivik, Quebec Local Recalls Bigfoot Encounter

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.

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CRYPTOLINK: The Texas fence climbing sasquatch

The Sasquatch shown above goes right over a 4ft fence.

Here’s some pretty interesting footage posted recently on YouTube. At first watch, it seems like it’s just a guy in a bad monkey costume hopping over a little fence, until you realize that the fence in question is actually over 4ft tall!

Watch the footage here:

Ghost Theory writes:
The following video was uploaded to YouTube under the title “Bigfoot Footage – Texas Fence Climber film“. I’ve never seen this video before, nor have I heard anything about it in the Bigfoot/Sasquatch circles.
The poor quality video –aren’t they all?– shows a supposed Sasquatch running through a habituation site somewhere in Texas. From the video you can see the humanoid creature running alongside the tree-line before stepping over a fence.

CFZ PEOPLE: According to Oll Lewis the zombie apocalypse has come to Plymouth!


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.

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  • 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.


    Yesterday without much undue shouting
    we had a little family outing
    we took Mother and Prudence to Fremington Quay
    I lost my credit card and hurt my knee
    and we didn't need to take a brolly
    and Prudence tried to fight a collie
    which was rather old and rather small
    so a pleasant time was had by all
    then we collected Pru and went home with Mum
    where we drank Mojitos laced with rum
    and all in all we can all say
    we had a very pleasant day
    It seemed a good idea at the time
    to do the Sunday Blogs in rhyme,
    and I must admit with an embarrassed wriggle
    its purely cos it makes me giggle
    Today we start our pick and mix,
    with Rob Ayling and three lovely chicks
    Beautiful and very nice
    Selling Starship and Auburn merchandise
    Prog rock fans will get their wish
    cos Rob Ayling's gone to see Fish
    has he had to travel very far?
    No, he's having fun in Leamington Spa
    It might amuse you all to know,
    Steve Howe is on web radio,
    what's he talking about? Can't you guess?
    It's about ABBH and Yes
    I'm priveliged as editor
    to do the odd non sequitur
    so without ado now you all can go
    check out this vid by Penny Rimbaud
    And now as we do every day,
    it's time to shout a big hooray
    it's now time (wouldn't you know it)
    to pay a visit to the World Poet
    I worked hard last week on a video
    which I think I really have to show
    you all why this hard working freak
    was so difficult to contact last week
    Michael Des Barres left us in shock
    with his charity gig for 'Little Kids Rock'
    a worthy cause now don't you know
    here's some more pictures from the show
    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?

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    Today is apparently Apple Day according to some completely arbitrary publicity seeking charity that has sought to bolster it's own image by creating wikipedia pages about itself when it certainly doesn't meet the levels of notability required for a wikipedia page. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Day
    And now the news:
    A small fruit song: