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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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

CRYPTOLINK: An Interesting Photograph from 1938

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. This post, however, is particularly interesting and the author should be congratulated...

Back in May of this year, I came across an auction for a picture which was described as a photograph taken at Loch Ness in 1938. The seller was actually not quite sure if it was but thought it the most likely place. The item sold for £26.00 and that was the end of that. However, my curiosity was piqued and I took a closer look at the JPEG image that I grabbed from the eBay website.

The eBay page is above but the actual image is shown below. Now this is the type of Loch Ness picture that would have been unlikely to make it into a newspaper of its time. After the excitement of the Surgeon's photograph four years previously, the bar had been set pretty high.

Nevertheless, was it taken at Loch Ness and what could it be? Using Google's ever useful StreetView, it came as no surprise that the picture had been taken beside Urquhart Castle at the place where the highest proportion of sightings have been recorded.


The hunt for British Big Cats attracts far more newspaper-column inches than any other cryptozoological subject. There are so many of them now that we feel that they should be archived by us in some way, so we are publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. In September 2012 Emma Osborne decided that the Mystery Cat Study Group really deserved a blog of its own within the CFZ Blog Network.

  • NEWSLINK: Mystery of the decapitated cats
  • UK SIGHTING: huge mystery cat, page 1 - Above Top 

    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 Gonzo Daily - Wednesday
    If you are looking for a conventional biography of the KLF, don't touch 'The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band who Burned a Million Pounds' by John Higgs with the proverbial bargepole. It is about as far from being a conventional biography as it is possible to get. However, if you are looking for some attempt at an explanation of why this most singular of all bands did what they did, what it meant, and what it was all for, then I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I knew it was going to be good, but I didn't realise HOW good. And I certainly wasn't expecting the KLF story to be quite so close to my own story, or that so many bit-part players in the saga were people I knew myself. If you are looking for a proper review of 'The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band who Burned a Million Pounds' by John Higgs from me then you will have to wait a while. I am still computing this remarkable book and trying to work out the implications upon my own view of reality, and my own work over the past 20 years. In the meantime go out and buy the damned (in a truly Fortean context) thing. You won't be disappointed.

    Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet.
    Today's Track of the Day is by W.O.F who are another one of those bands on Galileo that I like a heck of a lot.

    *  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, 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?



    1. The Mystery Animals of the British Isles: Staffordshire by Nick Redfern and Glen Vaudrey (4)
    2. The Universe next Door by Judge Smith (4)
    3. The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman (-)
    4. Haunted Skies Volume Four by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (-)
    5=. Mysterious Creatures Vol 1 by George Eberhart (-)
    5=. Tetrapod Zoology Book One by Darren Naish (-)
    7=. Man Monkey by Nick Redfern (-)
    7=. Orang Pendek by Richard Freeman (-)
    7=. Those Amazing Newfoundland Dogs by Jan Bondeson (-)
    7=  Terror of the Tokoloshe by S. D Tucker (8)


    1. The Cryptid Creatures of Florida by Scott Marlowe (2)
    2. Monsters of Texas by Ken Gerhard and Nick Redfern (-)
    3. The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman (1)
    4. When Bigfoot Attacks by Michael Newton (5)
    5. Big Bird by Ken Gerhard (-)
    6. Mysterious Creatures Vol 1 by George Eberhart (2)

    7. The Journal of Cryptozoology Volume One edited by Karl Shuker (5)
    8=. Tetrapod Zoology Book One by Darren Naish (-)

    8=. Terror of the Tokoloshe by S. D Tucker (4)
    10. The Inhumanoids by Bart Nunnelly (7)

    Last month's positions in this pinky colour, which I think is called cerise. Sales are up as we approach the end of the year...

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