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, May 29, 2014


Researchers Examine The Mono Lake Bigfoot Footage In The Sierras (Documentary)
Bigfoot researchers trek into California's Sierra Nevada following Native American stories and petroglyphs of a supposed family of hairy man-beasts; ...

The Body of a Real-life Gnome?
The following story (verbatim) was published on toptenz.net: "In October 1932, two prospectors named Cecil Mayne and Frank Carr discovered a

Bigfoot: The Evidence Files
Bigfoot: The Evidence Files - Now Available for Streaming! Over 20 researchers and witnesses have come together to present some of their greatest 

Why Bigfoot is Fake: Bigfoot Debunked!
Find out why Bigfoot is a big, fat fake and some say he doesn't exist. Is Bigfoot real or not? The Sasquatch myth debunked

Bigfoot evidence
Posts about Bigfoot evidence written by Sharon Hill.

Who Was Jerry Crew and Why Was He Important to Bigfoot?
Join us LIVE tonight as Rev. Jeff and David Batdorf talk the show back to basics and bring to you a show like we have never done before. The Bigfoot 

Finding Bigfoot: Squatch Spotted in Michigan Photos
Cliff and Bobo can sense they are not alone and then something interesting is spotted on the thermal imager. Could it be a Bigfoot?

See Incredible Video Footage of a Bigfoot in Norway
KOOL 107.9 FM Ed Chandler
What he filmed was even more incredible. There have been Bigfoot sightings all over the world and still many doubt the existence of the famed elusive ...

Bigfoot Might Have Been An Alien
If you weren't in Clearfield, PA. this last weekend, then you missed out on a bunch of nerds arguing about whether or not Bigfoot is an alien or just your ...

Listen to this: Bigfoot from a Scientific View
Bigfoot, also known as sasquatch, is the name given to an ape- or hominid-like creature that some people believe inhabits forests, mainly in the Pacific 

Bigfoot News May 28, 2014
This post will feature the testimony of Aaron Arcand, one of Canada's top Bigfoot researchers, up there with Sasquatch Ontario and John Bindernagel.

THE TRUE LEGEND OF BIGFOOT ~ Special Guest Cliff Barackman of
KPRSProduction1 Cliff Barackman has been a dedicated Sasquatch field researcher for the past two decades. Known throughout the Sasquatch ...

CRYPTOLINK: The Nantucket Sea-Serpent Hoax (1937)

ffdA 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. 

In the summer of 1937, stories started appearing in the local papers of Nantucket carrying photographs of giant footprints found on a local beach. With the region of New England’s long history of sea-serpent sightings, rumours quickly began to circulate reporting that, at last, one of the elusive creatures had come ashore. Copies of the photographs were even sent for scientific analysis, though Dr. W. Reid Blair, director of the New York Zoological Society, was sceptical: 

No marine mammal could have left the tracks as they do not move so much on their flippers as they do on their second joint and on their bellies. Evidence of their passage would be seen on the beach only in a slight indentation. As for a land mammal, there is nothing on Nantucket Island that could leave such large tracks. 

A few days later, however, a gigantic creature was indeed spotted on South Beach. People came flocking to investigate but instead of the long awaited New England Sea Serpent they found something quite different – although most definitely a serpent of some kind, it turned out to be of the inflatable balloon variety.

Read on...


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 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. 

  • NEWSLINK: Big Cat Trapped in House Caught
  • UK SIGHTINGS: Limavady puma among big cat reports
  • NEWSLINK: For now Rocky's just a big cat, not bobc...

  • UK SIGHTINGS: 'Big cat' spotting near Daventry
  • NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)

    The LOCH NESS MONSTER, ALEISTER CROWLEY and the Satanic Connection…!
    Having been interested in the paranormal in general for a long time, the Loch Ness monster myth, and for that matter the broader subject of myths 


    The Gonzo Daily - Thursday
    The universe giveth and the universe taketh away. The baby thrush ate strongly yesterday and seemed in fine fettle, but this morning when Corinna went in to see it, it had died. But it died in a warm place with a full stomach, not being eaten alive by a cat, so we still, I think, did the right thing. We had a lovely day yesterday; Nick Wadham and the two younger Wadhams (Harriet and Henry) came for the day. Songs were sung and cake was eaten, and a splendid time was had by all.
    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 How can you tell that a rhinoceros has been in your fridge?

    A By the footprints in the custard. 

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

    Now for the news....
  • Zoologger: Only known 'potter' frog packs eggs in ...
  • Local myth leads to discovery of new crab genus - ...
  • Spiders Pose as Bird Poop to Evade Predators
  • Handcuffs, Bear-Traps and Spikes Lift the Lid on S...
  • Son of late Ky. snake handler recovering from bite...
  • Butterfly 'eyespots' add detail to the story of ev...
  • Autonomous airboats monitor hippo dung in Kenya's ...
  • Intertwined evolution of human brain and brawn
  • Concerns grow over farm drugs used like 'sweets'

  • New design crayfish traps will save platypus from ...

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