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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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

CRYPTOZOOLOGY ONLINE: On The Track (Of Unknown Animals) Episode 62

The latest episode of our monthly webTV show from the CFZ and CFZtv, bringing you news on our activities within cryptozoology and natural history as well as the latest cryptozoological, and monster hunting news from around the world. I can't believe that we have done this every month for five years now - 61 episodes. Golly!

This episode brings you:

CFZ in autumn
Barnstaple Museum Cryptozoology Exhibition
Sheri the student
Prudence's birthday
Jess Heard
Peer Reviewed Journal
The Journal of Cryptozoology
The Crypto Community
Breeding Caecilians
Monsters of Siberia - yeti/almasty
Corinna looks at out of place birds
New and Rediscovered: Cuban solenodon
New and Rediscovered: New seasnake
New and Rediscovered: The world's rarest whale

CRYPTOLINK: Gloucester Sea Serpent

In August 1817, reports of a 60- to 70-foot-long sea beast reached a fever pitch in Gloucester, Mass., after numerous witnesses claimed seeing a huge serpent moving rapidly through the harbor. This was not the first time — nor the last time — the people of Massachusetts would report such a sight. Serpent sightings were noted as early as the 1630s, but none were taken as seriously as those in 1817. The creature was said to have a turtle-like head adorned with a spear or horn and a body as wide as a barrel. The reports gained so much momentum that the Linnaean Society of New England assembled a team to collect evidence, and Gen. David Humphreys (a former member of George Washington's staff) traveled to the scene to collect eyewitness accounts.

Read on...

DALE DRINNON: Dragons/Sirrush

New on Frontiers of Zoology: Two Reposts By Request:


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.


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.



Another day, another set of blogs. I worked late last night to ensure that not only was the first proof of Nick Redfern's book on British BHM phenomena completed to my satisfaction, but that the latest episode of OTT was finished. It is uploaded now for your delectation. I then drank brandy and listened to Helen McCookerybook's extraordinary Voxpop Puella album, and read another chunk of Pete Townshend's autobiography. Both merit reviews in some depth...

Judy Dyble is one of my favourite singers and I am very glad to say that she is back in the game...

This year has been a spectacular one musicwise. Maybe the Mayans were right. If so, at least we go out on a high

Part two of our exclusive Barbara Dickson interview

Jon Anderson live at the Grammy Museum

Our daily visit to the omniverse of Thom the World Poet..

Jefferson Starship live at the Flying Monket

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

On this day in 1492 a meteorite struck the Earth near the town of Ensisheim in what is now part of France. The Ensisheim Meteorite is the oldest meteorite strike with a well documented date of impact.
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  • Here's some very nice footage of a recent meteorite in Peru: