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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Thursday, October 16, 2014

CRYPTOLINK: A Forgotten Sea Monster may Reappear in Boston Waters this Halloween [Video]

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 sea creature with gleaming, solar powered eyes, a sinister, serpentine physique, a dragon's head and matching fangs once roamed an eery creek which funnels directly into the Boston Harbor. And, unlike the legendary "Nessie" the Loch Ness Monster, there's proof – incontrovertible visual evidence – of this Bay State beastie's existence.
Feast your eyes upon the "Mill Creek Monster," which made its public debut shortly before Halloween 2013.

Yes: It's made out of wood – a prank. And the person who built it is looking for Kickstarter funding to build more this Halloween.
Crafted by Marine veteran and InkTank Boston artist/founder Bobby McKenna, the Mill Creek Monster briefly drew the attention of local residents, the media and even the police last October, after some caught glimpses of a mysterious object floating above the water's surface.
The prankster, McKenna, a Revere resident, explains on Kickstarter how it all went down:
I launched it near Halloween 2013 in the middle of the night in secret to see what the neighborhood reaction would be. Within days, there was calls to the newspapers, police and fire in both cities (creek is the border) and tweets/fb posts from commuters on the train. The local newspaper found out I was the culprit and did a story, citing that many people reported it was a seal in trouble, upturned shopping carts, a dead body...or a real monster.
Nope, just the whittled-out-of-wood brainchild of a man, inspired by the myth of the Loch Ness Monster, Monty Python and the Holy Grail , and the place he calls home.

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