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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Friday, February 22, 2013

CRYPTOLINK: Texas Bigfoot sighting

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. However, I would like to say that Nederland, TX is where Nick Redfern lived a few years back, and I visited him there nearly a decade ago. It is also where I bought the leather jacket I have worn nearly every day since..

PORT NECHES — Chill bumps rise on David Arceneaux’s arms as he looked across Block Bayou at a line of trees about 100 yards away.

“I’m not crazy. I don’t do drugs and I’m not a drinker,” Arceneaux said before telling his tale of seeing not one but two Bigfoot-like creatures huddled together one December morning.

The Nederland native visits Oak Bluff Cemetery about once a month to clean the graves of a friend and a cousin, something he has done for years without incident. But on an overcast, windless day Arceneaux got the fright of his life.

“I heard a blood curdling scream and a lady nearby asked me if I was OK. I told her it wasn’t me,” Arceneaux said as he stood, uneasily, at roughly the same spot where he saw the creatures. “We walked over to the water and looked to the left then straight ahead.”

LIZ BITAKARAMIRE: Wrong kind of bird food....

If the horsemeat scandal wasn't bad enough, James Watson, of Yate near Bristol, found the rotting corpse of a bird in his Tesco salad recently. It took 24 hours to get hold of someone at Tesco so James could complain but eventually the store offered James and his wife Jasmine £200 in compensation. The 13cm (5ins) body has been found to be that of a blackcap European warbler.

DALE DRINNON: Globsters, Zana, Benny's Blogs

Today I deal with a classic 'unknown' case that has a more mundane solution, courtesy of 'Marozi,' and I do something more in my own field of expertise, looking at the skull of the son of Zana the Wild Woman to check for Neanderthal anatomy on it; and Benny deals in a couple of pulp Science-fiction stories, a horror comic, a Hollywood review magazine and a classic Marx Brothers movie.
New at the Frontiers  Zoology:
New at Benny's blog for Thelma Todd:
New at Benny's other blog, The Ominos Octopus Omnibus:
Best Wishes, Dale D.


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.

  • FEATURELINK: US Air Force possibly responsible for...
  • FEATURELINK: US Air Force possibly responsible for...
  • CFZ SIGHTINGS: Big cat photographed in East Peoria...
  • ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

    News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...

    From Nick Redfern's World of Whatever:
    From CFZ Canada:


    Last night David and Jess came round and a few bevvies were consumed. Today? There is actually nothing of importance scheduled for today, so I can just get on with clearing the backlog.It is bloody cold and the rayburn has chosen the worst time to run out of fuel. Never mind, more comes next week and we have plenty of logs!
    A Real Exclusive: Part two of our interview with Merrell Fankhauser
    Golly, Asia featuring John Payne are going to be busy chaps this year
    More news about Rick Wakeman's forthcoming Gloucester gigs

    *  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 (who is currently on sick leave in Staffordshire) puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cat?

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    On this day in 1926 the legendary British actor Kenneth Williams was born. Williams played high profile roles in most of the Carry On films and voiced Willo the Wisp.
    And now the news:
  • Necrophilia the way forwards for some frogs
  • Endangered sharks return to Bahamas 'home'
  • New Genus of Crustacean and Five New Species
  • Sightings soar of supposedly extinct Japanese otte...
  • Texas: Bigfoot sighting along Neches River? - via ...
  • Chimps Have Better Short-term Memory Than Humans
  • Hedgehog population in dramatic decline
  • Non-native species 'threatening UK'

  • An episode of Willo the Wisp, enjoy: