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.

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Tuesday, November 05, 2013

CRYPTOLINK: Nunavik hunters run into rock-throwing bigfoot creature

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. 

“Maybe the creature was trying to communicate with us. But I don’t know how to talk to the bigfoot.”

This photo that Maggie Cruikshank posted on Facebook shows what she believes to be the footprint of the creature she saw near Akulivik in September 2012. (FILE PHOTO)
This photo that Maggie Cruikshank posted on Facebook shows what she believes to be the footprint of the creature she saw near Akulivik in September 2012. (FILE PHOTO)
Akulivik hunter Harry Cruikshank and his friends say they are the third northern Quebec group within the last two years to spot a bigfoot creature.

There was the night-time sighting last month of a red-eyed bigfoot mama and cub by Cree hunters near Wemindji, and there was the sighting in Aulivik last September, by Harry Cruikshank’s sister, Maggie Cruikshank, who was picking berries when she spotted a tall hairy beast without any clothes.

But unlike previous sightings, Harry Cruikshank’s bigfoot actually may have tried to convey a message to him and his friends.
The message was, “stay away!”

The group of four men and one woman say they saw the creature Oct. 19. The weather was nice and everyone was hungry for country food so they decided to go seal hunting.
The group traveled by motorized canoe to an area 45 minutes south of Akulivik on Nunavik’s Hudson Bay coast. After a short coffee break they continued to a remote bay known to be a good spot for seal.
“We all saw the unexpected something on a small hill, it was dark and we started staring at it,” Cruikshank said. “We knew there was nobody up there because there were no other canoes and you can only reach that hunting area by canoe.”

The group decided to go after the creature. They approached the area and climbed the small hill, but they found nothing. Then they spotted a caribou trail.

“We heard a strange noise up in the land,” said Cruiskshank, “like the sound of something throwing rocks.”
“Maybe the creature was trying to communicate with us,” added Cruikshank. “But I don’t know how to talk to the bigfoot.”

Still, the hunting party tried to interpret the creature’s movements.

Speaking amongst themselves, they determined the animal was indeed a bigfoot, and that it was throwing rocks at them because it was angry. The bigfoot had been hunting the caribou, Cruikshank speculated, and his hunting party had interrupted the beast on its quest for food. Cruikshank and his friends were hungry, too. But they weren’t about to try and shoot the bigfoot. They were also craving caribou meat.

CRYPTOLINK: Bigfoot horror flick, Throwback, gets an awesome Aussie poster

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 new poster has been released for the upcoming Australian horror featureThrowback, which just premiered at the UK’s Bram Stoker International Film Festival. Designed by Brazilian artist Juarez Ricci, it has an awesome old-school vibe - hopefully reflective of the movie itself!
The movie goes like this:
Two modern-day treasure hunters - Jack and Kent - go searching for the lost gold of a legendary outlaw in the remote wilds of Far North Queensland. But instead of riches, they find a different kind of legend, a ferocious Australian monster known as a Yowie, Australia’s answer to Bigfoot, and a savage battle for survival ensues. Thrown into the mix are a park ranger named Rhiannon and an embittered ex-homicide detective named McNab.

Read on.. 

Chelonian Conservation and Biology 12(1)

Chelonian Conservation and Biology 12(1)

  • Alcântara, Aderson de Souza, Daniely Felix da Silva and Juarez Carlos Brito Pezzuti. 2013. Effects of the hydrological cycle and human settlements on the population status of Podocnemis unifilis (Testudines: Podocnemididae) in the Xingu River, Brazil. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 134-142. [ ad06_alcantara@yahoo.com.br]
  • Böhm, Stephan. 2013. Notes on short-term movements and dietary spectrum of the Twist-Necked Turtle, Platemys platycephala (Testudines: Chelidae) in the Nouragues Reserve, French Guyana. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 112-118.
  • Bulte, Gregory, Ryan R. Germain, Constance M. O'Connor and Gabriel Blouin-Demers. 2013. Sexual dichromatism in the Northern Map Turtle, Graptemys geographica. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 187-192. [ gregory_bulte@carleton.ca]
  • Ennen, Joshua R. and A. Floyd Scott. 2013. Home range characteristics and overwintering ecology of the Stripe-Necked Musk Turtle (Sternotherus minor peltifer) in middle Tennessee. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 199-203. [ scotta@apsu.edu]
  • Ferronato, Bruno de Oliveira, Carlos Ignacio Piña, Freddy Cochachez Molina, Renato A. Espinosa and Victor R. Morales. 2013. Feeding habits of Amazonian freshwater turtles (Podocnemididae and Chelidae) from Peru. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 119-126. [ brunoferronato@hotmail.com]
  • Fielder, Darren. 2013. Ancient phenotypes revealed through present day species—A morphological analysis of Australia's Saw-Shelled Turtles including the threatened Myuchelys bellii (Testudines: Chelidae). Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 101-111.
  • Gerlach, Justin, Gérard Rocamora, Julie Gane, Kevin Jolliffe and Linda Vanherck. 2013. Giant Tortoise distribution and abundance in the Seychelles Islands: Past, present, and future. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 70-83. [ jstgerlach@aol.com]
  • Huebinger, Ryan M., John W. Bickham, Anders G. J. Rhodin and Russell A. Mittermeier. 2013. Mitochondrial DNA corroborates taxonomy of the South American chelid turtles of the genera Platemys and Acanthochelys. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 168-171. [ ryan.huebinger@utsouthwestern.edu]
  • Lambert, Max R., Sharell N. Nielsen, Amber N. Wright, Robert C. Thomson and H. Bradely Shaffer. 2013. Habitat features determine the basking distribution of introduced Red-Eared Sliders and native Western Pond Turtles. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 192-199. [ max.lambert@yale.edu]
  • LeDain, Melanie R. K., Sarah M. Larocque, Lauren J. Stoot, Nicholas A. Cairns, Gabriel Blouin-Demers and Steven J. Cooke. 2013. Assisted recovery following prolonged submergence in fishing nets can be beneficial to turtles: An assessment with blood physiology and reflex impairment. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 172-177. [  alarocque9@gmail.com]
  • Lescher, Timothy C., Jeffrey T. Briggler and Zuleyma Tang-Martinez. 2013. Relative abundance, population structure, and conservation of Alligator Snapping Turtles (Macrochelys temminckii) in Missouri between 1993–1994 and 2009. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 163-168. [ timlescher@hotmail.com]
  • Liu, Yu-Xiang, Christina M. Davy, Hai-Tao Shi and Robert W. Murphy. 2013. Sex in the half-shell: A review of the functions and evolution of courtship behavior in freshwater turtles. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 84-100.
  • Ly, Tri, Huy Duc Hoang and Bryan L. Stuart. 2013. Occurrence of the endangered Keeled Box Turtle, Cuora mouhotii, in southern Vietnam. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 184-187.
  • Meylan, Anne B., Peter A. Meylan and Cristina Ordoñez Espinosa. 2013. Sea turtles of Bocas del Toro Province and the Comarca Ngöbe-Buglé, Republic of Panama. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 17-33. [ anne.meylan@myfwc.com]
  • Miorando, Priscila Saikoski, George Henrique Rebelo, Marina Teofilo Pignati and Juarez Carlos Brito Pezzuti. 2013. Effects of community-based management on Amazon River Turtles: a case study of Podocnemis sextuberculata in the lower Amazon floodplain, Para, Brazil. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 143-150. [pri.miorando@gmail.com]
  • Mortimer, Jeanne A. and Rainer G. von Brandis. 2013. Mortality of adult Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas) at the nesting beaches of Aldabra Atoll, Seychelles. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 151-157. [ mortimer@ufl.edu]
  • Pignati, Marina T., Luana F. Fernandes, Priscila S. Miorando and Juarez C. B. Pezzuti. 2013. Hatching and emergence patterns in the Yellow-Spoted River Turtle, Podocnemis unifilis (Testudines: Podocnemididae), in the Várzea floodplains of the lower Amazon River in Santarem, Brazil. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 127-133. [marinateofilo@yahoo.com.br]
  • Rasoma, Rahantavololona Vonimanitra Juliana, Achille P. Raselimanana, Yedidya R. Ratovonamana and Jörg U. Ganzhorn. 2013. Habitat use and diet of Astrochelys radiata in the subaird zone of southern Madagascar. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 56-69. [ julianavony@gmail.com]
  • Rees, Alan F., Ali Al Hafez, Jane R. Lloyd, Nancy Papathansopoulou and Brendan J. Godley. 2013. Green Turtles, Chelonia mydas, in Kuwait: Nesting and movements. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 157-163. [ arees@seaturtle.org]
  • Reyes-Velasco, Jacobo, John B. Iverson and Oscar Flores-Villela. 2013. The conservation status of several endemic Mexican Kinosternid turtles. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 203-208. [ jacobo@crotalus.com]
  • Roe, John H., Patricia R. Clune and Frank V. Paladino. 2013. Characteristics of a Leatherback nesting beach and implications for coastal development. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 34-43. [ paladino@ipfw.edu]
  • Seminoff, Jeffrey A. 2013. Celebrating CCB's Past and Looking to the Future. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 1.
  • Snape, Robin T. E., Damla Beton, Annette C. Broderick, Burak A. Çiçek, Wayne J. Fuller, Özge Özden and Brendan J. Godley. 2013. Strand monitoring and anthopological surveys provide insight into marine turtle bycatch in small-scale fisheries of the Eastern Mediterranean. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 44-55.
  • Steinbeck, John. 2013. The Turtle. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 209.
  • Sterling, Elenor J., Katherine W. McFadden, Katherine E. Holmes, Erin C. Vintinner, Felicity Arengo and Eugenia Naro-Maciel. 2013. Ecology and conservation of marine turtles in a central Pacific foraging ground. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 2-16. [ sterling@amnh.org]
  • Wang, Jian, Hai-Tao Shi, Cheng Wen and Lian-Xian Han. 2013. Habitat selection and conservation suggestions for the Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) in the Upper Red River, China. Chelonian Conservation and Biology. 12 (1): 177-184. [ coura.jian@gmail.com]

DALE DRINNON: Bigfoot, Frontiers of Anthropology, Benny's Blogs. Cedar and Willow

New at Frontiers of Zoology:
New at Frontiers of Anthropology:
New at Cedar and Willow;
New at Benny's Blog for Thelma Todd:
New at Benny's Other  Blog, The Ominous Octopus Omnibus:
Best Wishes, Dale D.


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 - Tuesday
Yesterday was a bit of a shock, in a good way. I went to the surgery for my regular diabetic review and as I have been feeling poorly recently, and for various other reasons, I was expecting to be told that my HBA1C blood sugar levels were through the roof. But they are not. For the first time in 10 years both my blood sugar and cholesterol levels are within normal limits. The internet is still performing about as well as a three-toed sloth on Mandrax and I am keenly awaiting the arrival of a BT engineer who, hopefully, will sort it all out. If you are awaiting an email from me, please be patient. It will all work out in the end....
Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet
Review: Barbara Dickson returns to her roots at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
*  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?

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1941 the musician Art Garfunkel was born. Although a pretty good solo artist Garfunkel is best known as one half of Simon and Garfunkel.
And now the news:

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  • It's hard to pick a favourite Simon and Garfunkel song as they're all damn good but after much deliberation I'll go for this one: