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, November 12, 2013

CRYPTOLINK: Loch Ness Monster: We look back at famous pictures of Nessie on 80th anniversary of 'first ever photo'

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. 

It's 80 years to the day since the first known photo claiming to show the Loch Ness monster was taken.
The snap, which appears to show a large marine reptile splashing about in the water, was grabbed by Hugh Gray as he walked along the loch after church on 12 November 1933.
The picture, which we have included in a gallery of famous Nessie images above, has been credited with igniting popular interest and belief in the creature's existence.
This has included the making of Hollywood movies and the extensive searching of the loch by experts for any sign of Nessie.
Several other pictures purporting to show the mystical creature have been taken since Gray's image - each of which has been scoured for clues.
One of these, taken in 1934 supposedly showing the monster, has perhaps come to define Nessy in the public's imagination.

Read on...

CRYPTOLINK: Stabilized Bigfoot video completely changes the iconic footage

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. 

The Patterson-Gimlin film is one of the most endearing pieces of cryptid recording in existence. This shaky bit of film from 1967 was long held up as proof of the existence of Bigfoot, the mythical man-beast that stalked the woodlands. But the footage itself is extremely shaky and low quality. But what happens if you take that footage, and use modern stabilization algorithms on it? It gives a very different picture of the famed clip.
On Reddit, a thread popped up of the Patterson-Gimlin footage stabilized into a GIF, with the discussion then linking to some better quality versions of similar feats. Watching this famously wobbly video in a much more stable manner really does make Bigfoot look less like a fantastic creature, and more like just a person in a suit. You can check out the original stabilized version here and the better one here (high-res) to open them in new windows.


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 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. 

The worldwide mystery cat phenomenon (or group of phenomena, if we are to be more accurate) is not JUST about cryptozoology. At its most basic level it is about the relationship between our species and various species of larger cat. That is why, sometimes, you will read stories here which appear to have nothing to do with cryptozoology, but have everything to do with human/big cat interaction. As committed Forteans, we believe that until we understand the nature of these interactions, we have no hope of understanding the truth that we are seeking. 

NEWSLINK: No snow leopards for Colorado big cat f...

DALE DRINNON: Australian carnosaur reports, grassman, Frontiers of Anthropology, Benny's Blogs

New at the Frontiers of Zoology: http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2013/11/australian-carnosaur-reports-again.html


New at the Frontiers of Anthropology: 
http://frontiers-of-anthropology.blogspot.com/2013/11/guest-blogger-jayasree-similarity-in.html [There is a blogger bug which is currently not showing the photos. I shall remedy the situation ASAP] 

New at Benny's Blog for Thelma Todd: 
New At Benny's Other Blog, The Ominous Octopus Omnibus: http://bennypdrinnon.blogspot.com/2013/11/captain-america-terror-at-fair.html 

Best Wishes, Dale


The Gonzo Daily - Tuesday
Well hello.....it is Corinna here again sitting in the hot seat; a seat that, I must admit, does my gluteus maximus proud. It is certainly a change from the dining room, chair adorned with the slightly tatty cushion that I usually sit upon!
Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet
Jefferson Starship celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2014!

*  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

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 1982 the actress Anne Hathaway, not to be confused with the other Anne Hathaway, was born. Hathaway has stared in films such as Ella Enchanted and The Princess Diaries but her best role to date was as Fantine in Les Miserables when she showed everyone, especially Susan Boyle, how I Dreamed A Dream SHOULD be sung and reclaimed the song from all the horrific out of context jolly Glee style renditions it was getting.
And now the news:

  • King Of Gore: Super Predator Cousin Of T. Rex Foun...
  • ‘Bionic’ tortoise with amputated leg walks again t...
  • Mutant Rats Have Invaded British Parliament; Exper...
  • Monkey Minds Can Move Virtual Arms
  • Origins of Cattle Farming in China Uncovered
  • How Do Dogs Learn Words? Just Like Kids (Op-Ed)
  • New Hammerhead Shark Species Found Off South Carol...

  • Concern as Inversnaid feral goat cull resumes

  • In your face, Boyle: