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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Thursday, April 11, 2013

CRYPTOLINK: Peter Byrne’s Search Goes On: Acclaimed Bigfoot Hunter Continues Quest At Coast

PETER BYRNE is shown in a photo from his website, www.petercbyrne.com.
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Peter Byrne has been engaged in what he describes as the “Big Searches” for almost his entire life; his Bigfoot search alone has spanned 50 years.

His first experience was in the 1960s, working in northern California.
Later, he was drawn back to California by the well-known 1967 film made by Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin outside Orleans, Calif. It is purported to be the most credible evidence of Bigfoot’s existence. While skeptics have dismissed the film, Byrne finds it credible.
Gimlin is still living in Yakima and he is regarded as a man of great integrity,” Byrne said. “Lots of people have tried to discount it, but it could be real.”
Today, Byrne continues his quest to find Bigfoot.
“I do two things,” he said. “I write. I’ve published 13 books.”
The 13th book is coming out in a few weeks, called “Monster Trilogy,” a three-part guide book on how to find Bigfoot, Yeti and the Loch Ness Monster. He has been in searches for all three.
He also works with a loose-knit group of people on the Oregon Coast, all interested in sighting Bigfoot.
Byrne said in his writings that technology would one day allow the world to verify the existence of Bigfoot and his group uses motion-sensor cameras set up in areas of what Byrne describes as credible sightings in the Coast Range. So far, the cameras have yielded images of other wildlife, but no Bigfoot.
He also researches recent and historical sighting reports. The last credible report from where the researchers were looking was in 2006, Byrne said.



Sheri Myler, our student who is doing a series of placements with us over the next year or so is back for her second stint. Once again, I am putting her to work and she will be blogging each day about her time here...

Today we put the different sections of the Eberhart book together, before starting to make it all look neat. This is when we realised that many of the words used for cross-referencing, that should be in capitals, were not. So, whilst making sure that everything is spaced out properly and checking that all the web-addresses are still active, we also had to read along in the text to ensure that we changed all of the cross-referencing into capitals.

Some way through this, we realised that they were in the wrong sort of capital letters. It should have been “small caps” rather than “all caps”. It took quite a while to work out how to change it, although why it is so complicated is still unknown.

This day was quite draining indeed, so we decided to call it a night a little earlier than usual. We did, however, have a good lengthed cat hunt, which perked me up no end. There were a few moths, but the real star of the evening was a frog that was sitting fantastically in the road. It remained there, very chilled out, as a car drove over it, almost squishing it. It didn’t even budge when a second car (ours) approached. Indeed, it stayed put until Jon got out and moved it himself, to forcibly aid it in staying alive. 


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.


I am very impressed by how hard young Matthew worked yesterday. OK, he is a strapping young lad of fifteen, whilst I am a decrepit old git over three times his age, but he worked incessantly. I have always wanted a complex of ponds on the east lawn of the CFZ grounds. There are various freshwater projects I want to do, as well as the fact that I enjoy sitting down and watching the fish. I have never been able ti afford it, but Helen Taylor has been kind enough to give us a big pond and a UV filter, so it is all systems go. Hence Matthew digging a hole all day yesterday.
The Merrell Fankhauser CD/DVD set 'Area 51 Suite` is now available. I gave Jessica her copy (she starred in the video for the title track, which I shot outside GCHQ in Morwenstow nearly getting arrested in the process) and she was very pleased to see her credit on the sleeve. The trouble is that I gave her my copy, so I can't tell you anything about the record until Anne-Marie sends me a raplacement.
Today's Gonzo Track of the Day is from Annie Haslam. I don't know whether I believe in angels, but if they do exist, and if they can indeed sing (for which there is no empirical evidence available) then I would not be surprised if they sound like this.
Chris Squire and Billy Sherwood have released a new album. I am listening to it now as I type and it is pretty good.
Whilst on the subject of 'Yes' here is an interview with Steve Howe
A review of the Green Violinist, another great act on Galileo Records

*  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?

CRYPTOLINK: Bigfoot sighted at Senoia council meeting

It was a most unusual meeting of the Senoia City Council on April 1 when the legendary Bigfoot appeared and took a seat among city residents. The bipedal beast at meeting’s end made his way to the dais and gave Mayor Robert Belisle a friendly hug. Photo/Ben Nelms.

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It was a sight never seen before at a meeting of the Senoia City Council, or likely at any government meeting for that matter. But the April 1 council meeting included an unexpected guest, one whose visit prompted a unanimous vote to proclaim every April 1 as Bigfoot Day in Senoia.
For generations, Bigfoot has been the subject of folklore. But all that changed Monday night when the mythical creature entered the council chambers in the flesh and calmly took a seat among the city’s residents.
Mayor Robert Belisle immediately noticed the unusual guest and did not miss a stride in asking the sasquatch if he, or perhaps she since its gender was not exactly obvious, would like to address the council. Bigfoot quickly left his seat and moved to the podium where he made a number of guttural volcalizations that were, quite simply, difficult to understand.
Unphased by the rare sighting, Belisle thanked the creature for his comments and attendance. Bigfoot again uttered a series of completely undistinguishable remarks, made a few non-threatening motions to the council, then turned and left the council chambers.
And though his appearance was brief, the bona fide sighting of the bipedal beast led Belisle to make a motion that every April 1 be proclaimed as Bigfoot Day in Senoia. The motion and second were followed immediately by a unanimous vote.


Oll is having computer problems, so for the next few days Yesterday's News Today will be done by Wally the Comedy Rhinoceros. He is a stand up comedian of some renown. Here is one of his rhino-related jokes.

What do rhinos do when they are hungry? They look for food.   

Ha Ha that was funny. Sidesplitting. Yes. HaI Now for the news...

And here is a jolly tune to whistle while you work: