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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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

CRYPTOLINK: Tourists' shock as Morag of Loch Morar – Scotland's second most famous monster – makes a comeback after 20 years

Sighting of the 20ft object near the loch's surface.
Sighting of the 20ft object near the loch's surface.
SHE has been quiet for more than two decades without even the hint of a recorded sighting…

But now Scotland’s second most famous Loch monster – Morag of Loch Morar – has made a comeback.
Holidaymaker Doug Christie, a recently retired oil industry engineer not given to flights of fancy, said he couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw a solid 20ft black shape in the water.
He and wife Charlotte say they saw the beast three times during a stay at Kisimuil B&B by the loch. Doug, 66, from Brechin, Angus, said: “I could not believe my eyes.
“I am not the type to get excited unduly but this just couldn’t be explained.
“It was a large black shape on the loch that looked just like a bit of a ­submarine and around the same size.
Charlotte said: “I thought it was a whale. We saw it three times in the space of two days.
“The ­longest sighting was about 10 minutes before it submerged again.”

CRYPTOLINK: Berry pickers spy Bigfoot

Illustration by AI
A Bigfoot-like creature was seen near the Napakiak/Atmautluak Trail on August 3rd, 2013. When an airplane flew overhead, it ducked down into a crouched position as shown in this illustration.
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.

On Saturday, August 3rd, 2013, a family from Bethel witnessed a very tall, black colored creature walking upright while they were out picking berries.
The family of three – the dad and mom and their young daughter – were out on the Penguq River near the village of Napakiak. The creature was walking on the winter Napakiak-Atmautluak Trail when the family saw it. The dad saw it first and pointed it out to his wife when she got closer to where he was picking berries.
“Look honey, do you see that?” he asked. “Yes, I see it! Ila-i, it looks so black and huge,” said the wife.
While they were observing it, the creature crouched down when an airplane flew overhead. The being then walked down a rise in the tundra.

The sight of the creature scared the mother and daughter so they started heading back to their boat.
“We were so scared,” said the mom. “It was so black and tall.”

KARL SHUKER: In Search of the Elusive Scarlet Viper

 Karl Shuker uncovers a forgotten English mystery snake.

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

DALE DRINNON: Plesiosaurs, bigfoot, Frontiers of Anthropology, Benny's Blogs and a visit to the universe of Cedar & Willow

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I don't want to come across as one of those people who are always bellyaching about their illnesses, but I DO want to explain why I am less than accessible at the moment. I am feeling completely wretched at the moment and am finding it hard to communicate with anyone apart from Graham and Corinna, and so I am hiding as much as I can. Hopefully I will be back to what passes for normal in my life soon. In the meantime please forgive me if I don't answer phonecalls or emails.

Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet.

Today's Track of the Day is by Nic Potter

Yes star to appear at Thameside Theatre

Nick Owen meets Roy Wood

Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg talk super sessions, Hendrix and more

Michael Des Barres Show 08-29-2013

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* 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 54 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?

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 1638 Oliver Cromwell died. Ironically Cromwell, a man whose army won a civil war and deposed a king before becoming Britain's ruler himself, is the reason why Britain still has kings. By the end of his 'reign' everyone was so cheesed off with his anti-fun policies that soon after his son took over as leader parliament invited the last king's son, Charles II, to be king again.
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  • Charles II sings about his reign: