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, July 31, 2014

CRYPTOLINK: Sea Serpents and the Hippocampus in Abominable Science

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. 

Daniel Loxton and Donald Prothero’s Abominable Science! Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids is an admirable book. I admire it immensely. I have used it in my freshman writing classes. If you haven’t bought it already, I encourage you to do so immediately.

However, I have some reservations about Loxton’s chapter on Sea Serpents. In chapter 5, “The Evolution of the Sea Serpent: From Hippocamp to Cadborosaurus,” Loxton argues that the classical hippocampus, hippocamp, or hydrippus is behind legends of sea serpents. The hippocamp is a sea monster that is part horse and part fish (or vaguely fish-like).
Read on...

NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)

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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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    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.


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    This could quite possibly be the work of a Bigfoot, however the land owner did not want us to go into his woods. He said he had lived in harmony with 

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    See that image up there? That is Justin Smeja, a man who claims to have shot two bigfoot, and fatally wounding one of them. A small juvenile in fact

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    Megan was at Comic-Con promoting her new movie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The subject of the interview eventually turned to Bigfoot and this is 

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    The Gonzo Daily - Thursday
    This is becoming somewhat of a pattern this week: Dead rock star and interesting butterfly news. The dead rock star is Dick Hunter, one of my favourite guitarists. I first fell in love with his playing when I heard Lou Reed's 'Rock and Roll Animal' album back in the summer of 1975. His beautifully crafted solos and stylish arrangements made that album a perennial favourite for me.
    The butterfly news is that there have now been four sightings this year of the Camberwell beauty. The Camberwell Beauty is a rare migrant to the British Isles, originating in Scandinavia and mainland Europe. In some years there is a relatively-large influx of individuals, as occurred in 1846, 1872, 1947, 1976, 1995 and 2006, where individuals were reported throughout the British Isles. Like many migrants, this butterfly does not maintain a sustainable breeding population here since mating only occurs after hibernation and those adults that do manage to overwinter successfully are so few in number that the chances of finding a mate is small. None of the immature stages has ever been found in the wild in the British Isles. The Aurelian by Moses Harris, published in 1766, gives this butterfly the name "The Grand Surprize" or "Camberwell Beauty", based on 2 individuals that were caught in Cold Arbour Lane near Camberwell in 1748.
    Here endeth the lesson for today.
    Concert Review: Yes classics a thrill at Meadow Brook
    GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Clearlight - Infinite Symphony
    THOM THE WORLD POET: The Daily Poem
    Mastering Engineer Maor Appelbaum Relies On Sennheiser HD 600 In Creating New Yes Album
    CORKY LAING: Life on the Rock: Keeping the rock 'n' roll faith
    The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#88) is available to read or download at www.gonzoweekly.com. It has Joey Molland, the last man standing of the mighty Badfinger on the front cover and an interview with him inside. It also includes an exclusive interview with the author of a new biography of The Waterboys, with an exclusive extract from the book. Yes fans will find a critique of the new album and a rundown of the extraordinary events that took place yesterday as Jon Anderson launched his new band. Elsewhere in the issue Doug Harr interviews the founding members of Brand X and Galahad release the cover art for their forthcoming EP.  There are also new shows from the wonderfully eccentric Jaki and Tim on their Submarine, and from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and from M Destiny (hopefully fully recovered from his recent illness) a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and mysterious clues (OK, no peculiar objects left by malefactors, 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!
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    As well as the Gonzo Weekly, there is a daily service called - wait for it - The Gonzo Daily, and you can subscribe for free HERE:

    *  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?


    Today`s Macclesfield Express July 30th 2014:

    “ A nature lover got a shock after a rare butterfly flew into his back garden. David Tolliday,59, was just about to tuck into his tea when he noticed the unusual looking insect land on his ivy plants. And as a member of Cheshire Butterfly Conservation Society David, of Gleneagles Drive in Tytherington, [Macclesfield] immediately identified the rare silver-washed fritillary.

    But it was only after calling the conservation society to record what he had spotted that he discovered how rare it was, as his was only the fifth recorded sighting of the species in Cheshire in the last 20 years…” It is a very scarce butterfly in Cheshire with the last known breeding in the county being in the 1930s. It is the rarest butterfly I have ever seen in this part of the country. “It was also a real thrill to have such an uncommon butterfly in my back garden, I would have liked to have seen it anywhere, but to have it right in the garden of my home was great.” (1)

     1. Macclesfield Express 30/7/14 page 21


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    1968 - The Beatles' Apple Boutique in London closed after heavy losses.

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