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, June 28, 2013


29. Faroe isles
Our first stop in the European leg of our travels brings us to the rather charming Danish dependency of the Faroe isles. While they consist of only 18 islands they do have a number of creatures of cryptozoological interest. However the one I am going to look at today wasn’t on the land but was to be spotted in the waters around the islands.

The event took place a few years before 1846 and concerned a sighting made by Captain Christmas of the Danish Navy. Whilst in command of a Danish frigate sailing between Iceland and the Faroe isles he spotted something most unusual in the water, a large shoal of porpoises were racing towards the ship giving the impression that they were trying to get away from something unpleasant. That something unpleasant soon made an appearance, a horse-like head upon a neck some 18 feet tall appeared out of the water before heading back under the waves in a motion similar to that of a duck diving. Was it just coincidence that the creature was sighted close to the fleeing mammals or does it give a clue to what these large mystery sea creatures love to eat?

If you would like to read more about the mystery animals of the Faroe isles then I would recommend that you get your hands on a copy of my book The Mystery Animals of the British Isles: The Northern Isles, if only to find out how I managed to include them in a book about the British Isles.
Our next stop is just a short boat trip away. We are off to Scotland.

CRYPTOLINK: Sarawak - Village in panic over bigfoot prints

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.

ABOUT 200 Bigfoot-like footprints have been discovered near Kampung Kepis Baru, Kuala Pilah, causing panic among villagers, reported Harian Metro.
Adnan Pungut, 48, claimed he discovered the footprints when he was clearing rubbish and wood at his rubber estate at 3pm on Saturday.
“I immediately informed the others because I was scared. I told the other villagers and all of us went back to the area.
“We found 200 footprints that were about the same size and tried to follow them,” he was quoted as saying.
“Based on the footprints, we can assume that the creature has two legs and weighs more than 100kg,” he said.

DALE DRINNON: Living Dragons, Benny's Blogs

New At Frontiers of Zoology:
Two accounts of Living Dragons, one in England and the other in the Orient:

And at Benny's blog The Ominous Octopus Omnibus, another retelling of the Orson Welles War of the Worlds broadcast, as told by Superman comics:
Best Wishes, Dale D.


And so another working week shudders to an end. Last night I had a long chat with one of our authors who also works for the DSS. He told me about the obscenely draconian legislation for benefits claimants which is being proposed for 2015 and after. I really cannot believe that any government could be so harsh, and I would love to say that I think that the British people are not going to just like down passively and take this latest affront towards our individual freedoms. But I am sure that we will all just roll over like good little puppies and take it. What the hell happened to the spirit of protest and dissent? Like John Lennon said: "Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV, And you think you're so clever and classless and free", and we all know what he said next.
Wise up people. Before it is too late.
I heard from Richard who telephoned me briefly from Gatwick. By now, he, Christophe and Adele should be in Sumatra. Let's all keep our collective fingers crossed that the expedition in search of orang pendek - the undiscovered upright walking ape of Sumatra - is a success.

What's new on the Gonzo Daily?
Another visit to our old friend 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 (who is currently on sick leave in Staffordshire) and two very small kittens (one of whom is also orange) 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 cat?

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:


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 took the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today