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, March 18, 2014

CRYPTOLINK: A Webcam Photo from Loch Ness

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 reader of this blog called Luke emailed me a few days back with a couple of screen grabs he had taken of Loch Ness. The question concerned the dark shaped object that is there in the first snap but not in the second.

Read on...

CRYPTOLINK: Fake and Real Photos

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. 

Like me, you may occasionally search around the Internet for items of a cryptid nature. This image below came up and immediately caught my attention as it was a claimed photograph of Nessie. The website attributed it to an Alfred Gescheidt. As it turned out, Mr. Gescheidt was a famous photographer who died in 2012, but was well known for his pre-Photoshop like montages. He admitted to fooling people with a series of UFO photographs, and the raison d'etre behind this photo began to become clear. You can read his Wikipedia entry here.

The San Antonio Express for the 3rd October 1976 summed up the story:

Read on...


The Bigfoot Field Journal: Bigfoot Research - Tree Arches
Bigfoot Research - Tree Arches. From time to time I find tree arches that do not make any sense. There will be no limbs or other trees in the area to ...

Search for Bigfoot Comes to North Texas | Nightcap
Hunters of the mysterious and often blurry Sasquatch have been combing the fields and trees around Rockwall, Texas after reports of Bigfoot activity

Bigfoot Evidence: Watch This: Bigfoot Bounty Winner Stacy Brown and Crew Trying To Kill a Bigfoot!
Bigfoot Evidence Matt K.
Stacy and David, the winners of Spike TV's Bigfoot Bounty are back on the hunt, and this time it's for real! Apparently the fun and games are over, and  

Bigfoot Evidence: Watch: New Interview with the Man Who Shot Bigfoot, Justin Smeja
Looking For Bigfoot News Hour interviews Justin Smeja, the man who really did shoot bigfoot. The subject of Ro Sahebi's Dead Bigfoot documentary ...

Bigfoot Evidence: Did Teddy Roosevelt Have a Dangerous Encounter with a Bigfoot?
One of the most famous stories of bigfoot involves former President Theodore Roosevelt. Is it true that he had a face-to-face encounter with one of ...


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 that 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. 

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  • NEWSLINK: The horror of canned lion hunting, where...
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  • VIDEO: Big Cat Walk About 2014 01 11


    What has Corinna's column of fortean bird news got to do with Cryptozoology?

    Well, everything actually!

    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. 


    The Gonzo Daily - Tuesday
    Yesterday was very much a musical day. In the afternoon we were visited by Babs and Gruffy from North Devon reggae band Malachite. It was Babs' birthday so cake was consumed. I only had a tiny snippet but still got a glorious sugar rush. Then in the evening along came my old mate Martin "Dickie" Dowding, who put some masterful Funkadelic style guitar down on a piece that I am working on. And later on I finished the autobiography of Ratfink from Alien Sex Field, and wrote him a letter about it. More will be revealed soon. Saskia is unwell today poor lass, but Andrea will be in the office later. I can't remember if I told you this, but the wife of one of the recent CFZ volunteers is convinced we are running a cult. The fact that I am a scruffy sod with long hair and a beard, and the office/grounds are continually manned by pretty girls between the ages of 13 and 40 probably doesn't help; I must look like a Devonshire Charlie Manson.
    From Genesis to the Singing Revolution – Steve Hackett interview
    Yes' Alan White talks three-album tour: 'We wanted to take things a bit farther'

    This week's issue of Gonzo Weekly is here. Hooray!!! It has some unpublished Pink Fairies stuff from over 20 years ago, an encounter between Keith Levene (ex The Clash and PiL) and Graham Inglis (who lives in my spare room) a new Auburn video and a report on The Musical Box plus Acid Mothers Temple, Space 1999, Hawkwind, Eric Burdon, and more news, reviews, views, interviews and and long nosed potoroos (OK, no rabbit sized macropoda, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
    To make sure that you don't miss your copy of this and future issues make an old hippy a happy chappy and subscribe
    PS: If you are already a subscriber but think that you haven't been receiving your copies please check your spam filters. For some reason known only to the Gods of the internet, some e-mail programmes automatically count the magazine as 'spam' probably because it comes from a mass mailer. Either that or they are just jealous of our peerless content
    PPS: WARNING: If you are If you are a subscriber using Outlook, Hotmail or Outlook Express, this issue of the magazine may come out with formatting errors. I have been mucking around with this for hours trying to fix it to no avail. If you have problems reading it, please use this online version.

    *  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: www.gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/11/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit-to-print.html
    * 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 an orange kitten named after a song by Frank Zappa 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 kitten?

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    Yesterday’s News Today

    On this day in 1973 voice actress Luci Christian was born. Christian is one of the most prolific and well known American voice artists, providing voices for the English dubs of many anime series, including Full Metal Alchemist, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood (which is the best anime series of all time, if you ask me), One Piece, Pani Poni Dash, Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi, Is This a Zombie?, Negima! and Fairy Tail.
    And now the news:

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  • Eat more, die young: Why eating a diet very low in...
  • An interview with Luci Christian: