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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Saturday, April 06, 2013

CRYPTOLINK: Flathead Lake Monster Sighting Featured on Monsters and Mysteries in America Show

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.

Flathead Lake Monster Pictures
The Flathead Lake monster myth was featured on Monsters and Mysteries in America. The series, began on Destination America which is a Discovery Channel you may not know you even have.
The show takes an approach to unexplained and possibly fictitious phenomena.
Flathead Lake Monster
Tim Shattuck, who was contacted by the production company who started Monsters and Mysteries series, says soon after he started his Flathead Lake Monster Charters business last October was when they contacted him.
“The show focuses more on the folklore and myths,” said Shattuck, who claims he has seen the Flathead Lake monster twice.
“I think it’s a big old fish,” he said. “I think it’s a lake sturgeon. You have to have some common sense about really what could live in this big lake.”
The Flathead Lake Monster is a cryptid, a creature whose existence is not proven, that is said to be located in Flathead Lake in Montana. Its appearance is very similar to that of the Loch Ness Monster, and the two have often been said to be the same type of creature.
The Flathead Lake monster has been described as a large eel-shaped creature, round with a wavy body like a snake, that spans from twenty to forty feet. According to Wikipedia, it is brownish to blue-black with grayish-black eyes. It has often been described as looking like a whale or a giant sturgeon which one of the oldest families of bony fish.

DALE DRINNON: Frontiers of Anthropology, Cedar & Willow, Benny's Blogs

New at the Frontiers of Anthropology:
New at Cedar and Willow:
The latter having a speculation into the nature of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
New at Benny's Blog for Thelma Todd:
Jules White is famous for his part in the Three Stooges comedies among many others
New At Benny's other blog, the Ominous Octopus Omnibus:
I should mention that Benny has always been a fan of political cartoons.
Best Wishes, Dale D.


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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    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.

    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:


    Sheri, my student from the North of England arrived last night for her second placement with us. Max was doing the animal round this morning with her, when he discovered that disaster had struck my chicken run. Something (presumably a fox) had taken one, and left the other dead. To compound this unpleasantness, one of my three toed amphiumas has died. Not a nice start to the day.

    Our daily visit to the world of Thom the World Poet
    Today's Gonzo Track of the Day is from The New Riders of the Purple Sage

    *  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) and a not very small orange kitten (who isn't) puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish, and sometimes a small Indian frog. 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 cats?

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    Yesterday’s News Today

    On this day in 1928 Professor James D. Watson was born. Watson and his fellow scientist Francis Crick discovered the structure of DNA.
    And now the news:
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  • Without DNA we'd never have got this film (even though it's entire premise is a rip off of a Chapter of the Judge Dredd Cursed Earth) :