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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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Chelonian Conservation & Biology Volume 12, Issue 1 (July 2013)

Editorial Introduction
Celebrating CCB's Past and Looking to the Future  


Ecology and Conservation of Marine Turtles in a Central Pacific Foraging Ground
Eleanor J. Sterling, Katherine W. McFadden, Katherine E. Holmes, Erin C. Vintinner, Felicity Arengo and Eugenia Naro-Maciel

Sea Turtles of Bocas del Toro Province and the Comarca Ngöbe-Buglé, Republic of Panamá 
Anne B. Meylan, Peter A. Meylan and Cristina Ordoñez Espinosa

Characteristics of a Leatherback Nesting Beach and Implications for Coastal Development 
John H. Roe, Patricia R. Clune and Frank V. Paladino 

Strand Monitoring and Anthropological Surveys Provide Insight into Marine Turtle Bycatch in Small-Scale Fisheries of the Eastern Mediterranean
Robin T. E. Snape, Damla Beton, Annette C. Broderick, Burak A. Çiçek, Wayne J. Fuller, Özge Özden and Brendan J. Godley

Habitat Use and Diet of Astrochelys radiata in the Subarid Zone of Southern Madagascar, 
Rahantavololona Vonimanitra Juliana Rasoma, Achille P. Raselimanana, Yedidya R. Ratovonamana and Jörg U. Ganzhorn

Giant Tortoise Distribution and Abundance in the Seychelles Islands: Past, Present, and Future
Justin Gerlach, Gérard Rocamora, Julie Gane, Kevin Jolliffe and Linda Vanherck

Sex in the Half-Shell: A Review of the Functions and Evolution of Courtship Behavior in Freshwater Turtles
Yu-xiang Liu, Christina M. Davy, Hai-Tao Shi and Robert W. Murphy

Ancient Phenotypes Revealed Through Present Day Species—A Morphological Analysis of Australia's Saw-Shelled Turtles Including the Threatened Myuchelys bellii (Testudines: Chelidae)
Darren Fielder
Notes on Short-Term Movements and Dietary Spectrum of the Twist-Necked Turtle, Platemys platycephala (Testudines: Chelidae) in the Nouragues Reserve, French Guyana
Stephan Böhm

Feeding Habits of Amazonian Freshwater Turtles (Podocnemididae and Chelidae) from Peru
Bruno de Oliveira Ferronato, Carlos Ignacio Piña, Freddy Cochachez Molina, Renato A. Espinosa and Víctor R. Morales

Hatching and Emergence Patterns in the Yellow-Spotted River Turtle, Podocnemis unifilis (Testudines: Podocnemididae), in the Várzea Floodplains of the Lower Amazon River in Santarém, Brazil
Marina T. Pignati, Luana F. Fernandes, Priscila S. Miorando and Juarez C. B. Pezzuti

Effects of the Hydrological Cycle and Human Settlements on the Population Status of Podocnemis unifilis (Testudines: Podocnemididae) in the Xingu River, Brazil
Aderson de Souza Alcântara, Daniely Félix da Silva and Juarez Carlos Brito Pezzuti

Effects of Community-Based Management on Amazon River Turtles: A Case Study of Podocnemis sextuberculata in the Lower Amazon Floodplain, Pará, Brazil
Priscila Saikoski Miorando, George Henrique Rebêlo, Marina Teófilo Pignati and Juarez Carlos Brito Pezzuti

Notes and Field Reports

Mortality of Adult Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas) at the Nesting Beaches of Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles
Jeanne A. Mortimer and Rainer G. von Brandis
Green Turtles, Chelonia mydas, in Kuwait: Nesting and Movements
ALan F. Rees, Ali Al Hafez, Jane R. Lloyd, Nancy Papathansopoulou and Brendan J. Godley

Relative Abundance, Population Structure, and Conservation of Alligator Snapping Turtles (Macrochelys temminckii) in Missouri Between 1993–1994 and 2009
Timothy C. Lescher, Jeffrey T. Briggler and Zuleyma Tang-Martínez

Mitochondrial DNA Corroborates Taxonomy of the South American Chelid Turtles of the Genera Platemys and Acanthochelys
Ryan M. Huebinger, John W. Bickham, Anders G. J. Rhodin and Russell A. Mittermeier

Assisted Recovery Following Prolonged Submergence in Fishing Nets Can Be Beneficial to Turtles: An Assessment with Blood Physiology and Reflex Impairment
Melanie R. K. LeDain, Sarah M. Larocque, Lauren J. Stoot, Nicholas A. Cairns, Gabriel Blouin-Demers and Steven J. Cooke

Habitat Selection and Conservation Suggestions for the Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) in the Upper Red River, China
Wang Jian, Shi Hai-Tao, Wen Cheng and Han Lian-Xian

Occurrence of the Endangered Keeled Box Turtle, Cuora mouhotii, in Southern Vietnam
Tri Ly, Huy Duc Hoang and Bryan L. Stuart

Sexual Dichromatism in the Northern Map Turtle, Graptemys geographica
Grégory Bulté, Ryan R. Germain, Constance M. O'Connor and Gabriel Blouin-Demers

Habitat Features Determine the Basking Distribution of Introduced Red-Eared Sliders and Native Western Pond Turtles
Max R. Lambert, Sharell N. Nielsen, Amber N. Wright, Robert C. Thomson and H. Bradley Shaffer

Home Range Characteristics and Overwintering Ecology of the Stripe-Necked Musk Turtle (Sternotherus minor peltifer) in Middle Tennessee
Joshua R. Ennen and A. Floyd Scott

The Conservation Status of Several Endemic Mexican Kinosternid Turtles
Jacobo Reyes-Velasco, John B. Iverson and Oscar Flores-Villela

Turtle Poetry
The Turtle
by John Steinbeck


The sun was high above us by the time I eventually arose from my pit around noon. After about an hour, a cuppa and some chocolate cereal (and some perhaps considerable time faffing about on my phone) I was ready for action.

The animal rounds were conducted by Richard and I during which I became acquainted with the newer animals here at the CFZ, e.g. the semi-albino crow and the Japanese quails. I saw how the pond was completed since my last visit as well as how the conservatory repairs are coming along. Changing the water in the amphiuma tank took quite a while, partially because the process by which we did it was slightly made up as we went along.

Following this and a short break a group of us went out to the woods and filmed the introductory film for the Weird Weekend. The key role in this production was a giant penguin with an AK47. In accordance with tradition, there was also some footage of the village shop.

During the evening I managed to get in some more reading after freeing myself from the kittens. There was also some further discussion on my personal research project, which seems to have lead to a viable idea, as well as another lecture on cryptozoology. This lecture included the idea that there are cryptids everywhere in the world. We watched a couple of episodes of The Future is Wild, stopping periodically to comment on the cryptozoological significance of various things said. We also had a rather lovely fish supper. Yum.


Dear Jon,

One glance at this photo will tell you that the Curtis cider press will lie idle this harvest.
4 bloody apples! Just enough to make a small pie. Thankfully the pear tree in Terri's (my daughter) garden is full of fruit, so all is not lost. One will have to make do with Perry. Terri Perry?

Good job the bar at Woolsery community centre is stocked up with Olde English. Better ask them to get another barrel in!

See you soon




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.


The Sunday before the Weird Weekend
isn't the easiest in my life, friend,
but one of the things that improves my time
is doing the Gonzo blogs in rhyme
So let's start with a very groovy scene
the latest Gonzo magazine
edited by this humble scribe
is available now so please subscribe
Outside my office there is a trellis,
and here we find out how Vangelis
teamed up with Mr Anderson
who just like me has been named Jon
And now we have from me to you
a mildly interesting interview
from Yes who sometimes appear dour
and talk about their latest tour
Our track of the day (for goodness sake man)
is not one but four people called Wakeman
three who play and one who'll sing
Rick Wakeman and his three offspring
And last but not least we must go
down to Austin, Texas don't you know
to read what Thom the World Poet'll say
about security and the NSA
But I'm going to go now if you please
'cos today I'm as mad as a bagful of cheese

*  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. 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

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 1897 Enid Blyton was born. Blyton was a children’s author whose books often painted a dystopian view of Britain where either the countryside was awash with evil goblins and hideously deformed folk with faces the size of Moons or towns where the local police force was either inept or corrupt so crimes would only be solved by gangs of school children.

And now the news:

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  • Dispelling misconceptions – The hunting argument
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  • A parody of the Famous 5 books: