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, September 15, 2013


This image seems to show a long skeleton of the backbone of some sea creature  in 1934.I found it on a Chinese cryptozoology web site in early September.The only information I have is that on August 8th 1934 the Shengjing Times,apparently a reputable newspaper,reported that a living dragon had been found in some reeds and later its decomposed body was transported by the 6th Branch Police Department to near the West Customs Pier where it was photographed and put on display to local residents.

The Yingkou City Records vol 1 (1934) describe the monster as having spine bones 1m apart.The animal appeared 20 km up an estuary near Yingkou. Liaoning Province N.E. China. It`s tail was rolled up,with big eyes and a grey body.The animal was weak and local people poured water on it to keep it from drying too much.

After a severe storm and deluge,the "dragon" appeared a second time but this time only as a smelly corpse, the muscles rotting, at the reeds in Liaohe estuary.Many visitors came from surrounding cities to view the remains of the "dragon."It had a "curiously horned head."The bones were lost in 1939 because of the civil unrest in China at that time.Someone said they were cow bones,my Facebook Friend Sebastian Wang told me it was a baleen whale
floundering reed beds in China in 1934??!)(1)

Sadly the bones are missing.

1. http://www.360doc.com/content/12/0916/15/1934120_236401961.shtml This
might be in Chinese.I translated into poor English.

2. http://hk.huaxia.com/zhwh/kgfx/2009/03/1363417.html Another account.


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: Loch Ness gargoyle, Manipogo, Benny's Blogs

New at the Frontiers of Zoology:
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CRYPTOLINK: 'Yowie Man' researcher resumes hunt on the Manning

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.
Rex Gilroy, Australia's noted 'Yowie Man', field naturalist and historical researcher, is planning yet another search in the mountain country for more evidence of the 'Taree Bigfoot', who has been leaving his/her 40cm long footprints in forest soil since before European settlement.
He will be accompanied by his wife and fellow researcher, Heather, who has shared 41 years of marriage with him searching for yowies and mystery animals in the Australian bush.
Rex the 'Yowie Man' is currently celebrating 56 years of Yowie (ie relict hominin) research. He will soon publish a book on the anatomy and physiology of relict hominins and is writing his life story. As he approaches 70 he has no intention of retiring.
"I believe we are closing in on the Yowie. 'His' identity is now known and lately we have shown these hominins to be the 'father' of America's 'Bigfoot'," says Rex.
He points out that the early Aborigines confused three races under the composite name 'Yowie' or "hairy man."
"One race of primitive creatures was an' apeish-looking' form of Australian Australopithecine, now called Australopithecus australis. 
"We possess three skull-types dating back 2 million years of this species, found at Katoomba, Bega and near Bathurst. Like their African cousins these beings were herbivorous feeders and did not make tools whereas the other two races are between 1.6m and 3.66m in height and identified as Homo erectus.

CRYPTOLINK: Bigfoot sighting reported by Cree hunter near Wemindji, Que.

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.
A hunter in the Cree village of Wemindji in Northern Quebec claims he has spotted Bigfoot and has the photographs to prove it.
Indeed, Melvin Georgekish says he spotted a pair of the mythic creatures, also known as Sasquatch, while he was driving his pick-up truck along a road in a wooded area near his town.
He said he saw two sets of red eyes staring at him from the forest.
Cree hunter Melvin Georgekish found this footprint in the moss, at the spot where he'd seen a pair of 'red-eyed beasts' staring at him from the woods near Wemindji, Que.Cree hunter Melvin Georgekish found this footprint in the moss, at the spot where he'd seen a pair of 'red-eyed beasts' staring at him from the woods near Wemindji, Que. (Melvin Georgekish)
He drove on, then turned around, returning to the spot and flashing his lights, but the red-eyed beasts were gone.
At home, he tossed and turned all night.
"I was thinking and thinking, and there's no animal that has red eyes over here," Georgekish said. "I am a hunter, and I've never seen something like that."

Giant footprints in the moss

He returned to the same spot the next day and found giant footprints in the moss, the likes of which he had never seen before — one measuring 20 centimetres, the second, 35 centimetres.
He described the footprints as big and wide.
"You can see the toes, too. It's like a human foot, but way bigger than a human foot. Wider, too."


T'is Sunday, so again it's time
to do the Gonzo blogs in rhyme,
why? is a question that might come to you,
cos it makes me happy so to do
We start off with a brand new scene
the brand new Gonzo magazine
has been dispatched (we think its great)
so read it now and don't be late
Now Corky Laing is here wayhay!
he's got the Gonzo track of the day
he's really good and not a bummer
he really is a fantastic drummer
Judy Dyble has a voice
beloved of most girls and boys
her records should be number one
here's a side project that she's done
Jon Anderson used to sing with Yes
now here's a fine interview...you guess
about what his words this time are spoken
he revisits Tales from Topographic Oceans
Jefferson Starship according to rumour
are possessed of a fine sense of humour
you'd better believe it (it's the truth)
I hope that they enjoy this spoof
And finally (yes, I'm sure you know it)
it's time to visit The World Poet
'cos every day at about this time
we're posting up his daily rhyme
And that's enough poetry for now
but we'll be back next week (and how!)

*  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 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. 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 is away, so for todayYesterday's News Today is done by Wally the Comedy Rhinoceros. He is a stand up comedian of some renown. Here is one of his rhino-related jokes.

Q What do you call a rhino without a horn? 
A Quiet.

Ha Ha that was funny. Sidesplitting. Yes. Ha!

Now for the news...

  • Badger cull a shambles according to Conservation c...
  • Science 'could lose' duelling dinos
  • An Anniversary of Terror
  • Fossil hunters in Santa Cruz make whale of a find
  • Good News for Endangered Species on Lower Mississi...
  • Enhancing Zoo Elephant Welfare
  • Jurassic Jaws: How Ancient Crocodiles Flourished D...
  • Victory! Military Medical School Ends the Use of L...
  • Ancient 'Sea Monster' Swam Like a Shark

  • And now for a happy tune that you can whistle while you work: