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, May 27, 2014

NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)

Searching for the Loch Ness Monster
Searching for the Loch Ness Monster by Nikki Case and Martin Delrio. Searching for the Loch Ness Monster. Since 1933, the Loch Ness monster has 

Meet the real monster of Loch Ness
TO many he was seen as the real monster of Loch Ness. Aleister Crowley is most famously known for being a master of the occult, as well as for being

CRYPTOLINK: Bringing Back the Woolly Mammoth

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. 

Credit Funk Monk / Wikimedia Commons
Science writer Carl Zimmer names the Dodo and the Great Auk, the Thylacine and the Chinese River Dolphin, the Passenger Pigeon and the Imperial Woodpecker, the Bucardo and Stellar Sea Cow among the species that humankind has driven into extinction. Now, what's notable about that list is that most of us would recognize maybe three or four of those names.
But, think about that. 

Read on...


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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  • US SIGHTING: DNR: Cougar evidence in Mower County,...
  • FLORIDA PANTHER: Caught on camera: LaBelle couple ...
  • NEWSLINK: Endangered Tiger Blog “a Tiger Journal” ...
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  • NEWSLINK: Tiger Sprawls Out in Big Cat Crossing at...

    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. 


    Bigfoot News | Bigfoot Lunch Club: WCJB-TV
    Florida has it's own version of Bigfoot, known as the Skunk Ape, thought to be a distinct separate species from the Sasquatch. In a recent news

    New Footage: This Bigfoot Sighting From Washington Looks Legit
    I am not fully convinced. Too short of glimpses and starts out, out of focus. Also what was he videoing before the form showed up? Or was this his.

    Bigfoot Hunters | TODAY IN BIGFOOT HISTORY! - WordPress.com
    TODAY IN BIGFOOT HISTORY! 1945, Kabetogama State Forest, Minnesota: Man Disappears Hunting Bigfoot. After several weeks where dogs went 

    Bigfoot Day draws enthusiasts & investigators
    Bigfoot Day draws enthusiasts & investigators - posted in Cryptozoology, Myths and Legends: Wide-ranging views on Bigfoot converged on Clearfield 

    Kentucky Bigfoot
    We met them for dinner first at the Watermill… restaurant where we gave a presentation on bigfoot. After taking a group photo with a nearby “gorilla

    Video: Watch 'Bigfoot' Arise From Grass in Norwegian Meadow
    Cryptomundo John Kirk
    Video: Watch 'Bigfoot' Arise From Grass in Norwegian Meadow. Posted by: John Kirk on May 26th, 2014. Now someone in Norway is claiming a 

    Dr. Jeffrey Meldrum - America's "Bigfoot Professor"
    Then the knowers go into the woods to not find Bigfoot. It would be so sad, the knowers trying to get some credit for knowing, and now: no one cares

    A Closer Look Series - Bigfoot Recorded In IMAX
    IMAX crew accidentally films a bigfoot. Skeptics claim it's only a crew member wearing a backpack, but we see where this CAN'T be a crew

    Bigfoot Day in Clearfield draws enthusiasts
    Via pennlive.com Wide-ranging views on Bigfoot converged on Clearfield in north central Pennsylvania on Saturday, as about 50.

    Bigfoot & Steven Streufert
    This is a short documentary about Bigfoot researcher Steven Streufert. Steven is the owner of Bigfoot Books in Willow Creek, California. He is also the

    Long-Lost Bigfoot Mask Finally Returned To British Columbia
    For 16 years, a British Columbia First Nation has been hunting for the lost Sasquatch mask all over the world. James Leon's search, which included 



    The Gonzo Daily - Tuesday
    I took Sunday and Yesterday off and did nothing apart from read, mess about with my own projects on the computer and watch my fish, and today I feel the best I have in ages. This is probably an unwise thing to say, because it will probably provoke Loki (or someone equally tricksterish) to have me hit on the head by a meteorite or something> On Saturday Saskia's Mum gave us a magnificent pair of Tiger Oscars which are now in the big show-tank in my study. Corinna has a 70s TV hat on at the moment and has christened them Jerry and Margo, which seems appropriate...
    The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly, can be read at www.gonzoweekly.com. It has Steve Ignorant (late of Crass) on the cover and features exclusive interviews with the man himself, Ken Pustelnik (late of The Groundhogs), exclusive live accounts of The Pink Fairies triumphant return, and Clepsydra's appearance at Rosfest, and a poignant article by Richard Stellar entitled The Inspiration of a Holocaust Survivor and Hero about how the story of Curt Lowens inspired composer Sharon Farber. There are also new shows from the peculiar multiverse of Sub Reality Sandwich (this week they are in their submarine off the coast of Australia with special guest Lyn Paul) from Friday Night Progressive, and from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and Victorian flues (OK, no 19th Century heating ducts, 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!!!
    The full list of artists in #79 is Yes, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman, Billy Sherwood, Jon Davison, Steve Ignorant, Ken Pustelnik, The Pink Fairies, Led Zeppelin, Sir Paul McCartney, David Gilmour, The Beach Boys, Mick Harvey, Judge Smith, Michael des Barres, Merrell Fankhauser, Galahad, Auburn, Liz Lenten, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Wise Williams, Barbara Dickson, Keith Levene, Marianne Faithfull, Grace Slick, Transatlantic, Sub Reality Sandwich, Friday Night Progressive, Jean Philippe Rykiel, Joey Molland, David Jackson & Rene van Commenee, Pierre Moerlen’s Gong, Clearlight, Planet Earth Rock ‘n’ Roll Orchestra, Kevin Ayers and the Whole World, Tumblewild, Hollis Brown, PFM, Richard Stellar, Clepsydra, Marie Osmond, Donny Osmond, Carlos Santana, Justin Bieber, One Direction, Elvis Presley, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Lives & Times, Twelfth Night, Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble of Shadows
    All issues from #70 can be downloaded at www.gonzoweekly.com if you prefer. If you have problems downloading, just email me and I will add you to the Gonzo Weekly dropbox. The first 69 issues are archived there as well. Information is power chaps, we have to share it!
    To make sure that you don't miss your copy of future issues make an old hippy a happy chappy and subscribe
    *  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?

    WALLY THE COMEDY RHINOCEROS: Yesterday's News Today

    Oll is away so for today Yesterday's News Today is done by Wally the Comedy Rhinoceros. He is a stand-up comedian of some renown. Here is one of his rhino-related jokes.

    Q: What do you get when you cross an elephant with a rhinoceros? 
    A: Elephino!

    Ha Ha! That was funny. Sidesplitting. Yes. Ha!

    Now for the news....

  • Can US eliminate invasive species by eating them?
  • Woman Getting Off Bus Knocked Out By Airborne Deer...
  • Woman treated in hospital after snake hiding in to...
  • Ocean acidification slurps up oysters
  • Whale killed by cruise ship near New York amid ups...
  • Badger cull company used Somerset's constabulary '...
  • Four tigers found in back of car

  • Vietnam seizes over 1 tonne of ivory

  • And now for a happy tune that you can whistle while you work: