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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, September 17, 2013

CRYPTOLINK: The 'Burg's Loch Ness Named Old Hitler

A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me.

What is gigantic, may or may not exist, and prowls murky waters? No, we’re not talking about the Loch Ness Monster. There is a different legend to ponder in Tampa Bay. These are the waters where the fabled Old Hitler hammerhead shark supposedly dwells.

He is the T-Rex of Tampa Bay, the King Kamehameha. “He was bigger than the fishing boat!” they say. “Head as wide as a pickup truck!” Others echo. The legend of Old Hitler, mostly fueled by the fishermen who claim he devoured prize fish off their lines, has a storied past immortalized in spoken word and even song.

The local "rock 'n reel" band Scotty Lee and the Treble Hooks have a song titled “Going Shark Fishing at the Skyway Bridge Pier” about a character named Santiago, after Ernest Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea hero, that hooks Old Hitler. In the linked video above, Steve Arvey, who recently performed at The Palladium, makes a special guest appearance.

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