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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Monday, June 09, 2014

NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)

The Problems with the Loch Ness Monster
The first entity discussed was that of the infamous Loch Ness Monster. I was the first to state my opinion on the matter. When I mentioned that I believe 

Loch Ness Monster Caught On Tape Up Close And Personal
In a shocking newer video it seems that someone was able to get up close and personal to the mythical Loch Ness Monster – potentially. Although it's 

I think that we should point out that this footage was actually taken in Florida last year and has nothing to do with Loch Ness whatsoever

New sonar image sparks existence of Loch Ness monster
New sonar image sparks existence of Loch Ness monster. New sonar image sparks existence of Loch Ness monster. via Znn india. New sonar image 
Loch Ness Monster Not Found In Apple Maps | TechCrunch
Seriously, people. The Internet is officially freaking out about an odd image spotted on Apple Maps, which some are claiming is 'proof' of the Loch

KARL SHUKER: King Hares and Giant Rabbits

Karl Shuker keeps cryptozoology on the hop as he investigates king hares and giant rabbits.

Read on...

CFZ PEOPLE: Saskia England

I completely got my wires crossed here - Sas was 17 last week and I forgot all about it...


Thinker Thunker Nails it Again: Bigfoot Caught on IMAX Recording
It's relevant because in the best film footage we have to this date documenting a Bigfoot – the 1967 Patterson-Gimlin footage – the creature is seen 

Tim Fasano Gives US a Look Into Mayakka Bigfoot Night Research
Bigfoot research in the swamps of Florida is no joke! Add the blanket of darkness to the equation, and you got some serious squatchin' going on

Bigfoot Hunters Find Footprints in Kentucky
Cryptomundo Craig Woolheater
The Finding Bigfoot team is back! This week, the team heads to Kentucky to investigate an impressive selection of supposed Bigfoot prints. And not ...

Bigfoot - The Definitive Guide (Full Documentary)
Bigfoot: The Definitive Guide BEST BIGFOOT DOCUMENTARY (Paranormal Cryptid Documentary

Bigfoot Caught On Film?
A video shows an alleged Bigfoot sighting in Ketchikan, Alaska from back in May of 2011. The minute and a half long video shows a very hairy, upright 

Birding With Bigfoot?
bigfoot The forests and fields of West Haven, Vermont, come alive when the sun sets, and calling Whip-poor-wills take center stage amidst howling


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. 

CFZ PEOPLE: Gavin Hughes

Happy Birthday dear boy


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. 

  • VIDEO: Florida Woman Keeps Bengal Tigers In Her Ga...
  • VIDEO: Are Domestic Cats Like Tigers?
  • NEWSLINK: UAE roars into action with fund to prote...

  • NEWSLINK: ABC exposes pseudo sanctuaries

    The Gonzo Daily - Monday
    And so another working week begins. I was so tired after all the stresses and strains of last week that I spent most of the weekend asleep. I think I was awake only five hours yesterday! I feel somewhat recovered now and reasonably able to face whatever the week has to throw at me. Daevid Allen has an operation tomorrow and all our love and healing blessings go out to him. He is a dear sweet man, and I think very highly of him
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Man - Bananas - live Wintebach 1997
    Dickson and Noakes in very fine voice
    ‘I’m still fully realizing what that means’: Inside Jon Davison's whirlwind
    Guitar Legend Steve Hillage To Release 'Live At The Rainbow'

    The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly is here to read at www.gonzoweekly.com. It has the lovely Pam Windo on the front cover and features an interview with her by yours truly. We also have news of Galahad's new bass player (who is actually their old bass player), Corky Laing gets an award, and a lot of people panic about Yes' lead singer's throat.  There are also new shows from the peculiar multiverse of Sub Reality Sandwich, from Friday Night Progressive, and from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and high heeled shoes (OK, no specialist footwear, 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!!!
    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
    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?

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    On this day in 1961 the actor Michael J Fox was born. Fox is best known for staring in Teen Wolf, the Back to the Future Trilogy (Part II is set next year) and Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
    And now the news:

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  • Sea Star Disease Epidemic Surges In Oregon
  • The dolphin who loved me
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  • Chimps Understand Game Theory Better Than Humans I...
  • Alpha-male bear facing castration as sexual domina...
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  • If you've never seen Atlantis: The Lost Empire then I urge you to rectify this as soon as possible, it is not your typical Disney film due to it being influenced by Mike “Helboy” Mignola, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Indiana Jones and Edgar Cayce. Wonderful film. Here's the trailer: