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, January 23, 2013

CRYPTOLINK: Some Thoughts on The Surgeon's Photograph

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, usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me.  

Another cryptozoological blogger, Dale Drinnon, has put up a post recently on the Surgeon's Photograph which can be found here. As readers may know, this photograph was exposed as a hoax by Alastair Boyd and David Martin in their expose book some twenty years ago as a model neck attached to a toy submarine.

Though most accept this (including myself), others continue to raise questions about the book's theory. Loch Ness researchers such as Henry Bauer and Richard Carter have questioned the theory and Dale is the latest to offer his thoughts and claims that the model would be unstable if fashioned in such a way.

Now I admit that I have my own questions against the theory, but accept that the pros for the case significantly outweigh the cons. But let us look first at Dale's claim that the model would simply tilt over. The picture below (not from the Boyd and Martin book) is a suggestion as to how the model may have looked.

DALE DRINNON: Plesiosaurs, Benny's BlogNew at Frontiers of Zoology: http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2013/01/more-plesiosaurian-comparisons-by-scott.html New at Benny's Blog, the Ominous Octopus Omnibus: http://bennypdrinnon.blogspot.com/2013/01/batman-as-karkus-on-dr-who.html http://bennypdrinnon.blogspot.com/2013/01/millie-model_21.html http://bennypdrinnon.blogspot.com/2013/01/meet-tvs-lois-lane.html Back from the hospital, still undergoing treatment for the severe fungus infection for the next couple of weeks, but the bacterial infection is pretty well done with. Best Wishes, Dale D.

New at Frontiers of Zoology:
New at Benny's Blog, the Ominous Octopus Omnibus:
Back from the hospital, still undergoing treatment for the severe fungus infection for the next couple of weeks, but the bacterial infection is pretty well done with.
Best Wishes, Dale D.


And so the week continues. I am still bonkers, and the further towards Bideford you get, the worse the snow is. Corinna (Bless her) has agreed to rehouse a pair of dumbo rats and has gone out with Mother, braving the elements, to meet her. I am struggling to get my daily bits and bobs done, and will probably go away and hide when I have finished the blogs. Business as usual then.
What was Rob doing with Steve Hillage last week?
A review of Atkins/May by a dude who obviously likes them a lot!
Today's Gonzo Track of the Day is from the massively groovy Gentle Giant
Another of our daily visits to the incomparable 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 same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link:
* We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!

*  Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) 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 which he shares with various fish and batrachians. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his mother-in-law, 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 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.

  • NEWSLINK: Merged] Zambia bans hunting of big cats ...
  • NEWSLINK: Nebraska hunters could be targeting moun...
  • CFZ "PEOPLE": The Orange Cat...

    ...tries to steal my stepson-in-law's dinner then resorting to Killer Laser Eyes when rebuffed..


    Karl Shuker scans the heavens in search of UFOs - Unidentified Flying Organisms, that is...


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    Yesterday’s News Today

    On this day in 1989 surrealist artist Salvador Dali died.
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  • Dali on the American TV show “What's My Line”: