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, February 10, 2015

CRYPTOLINK: Massive ‘crocodile’ (or maybe a monster) spotted off the British coast

Massive 'crocodile' (or maybe a monster) spotted off the British coastA 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. 

Has the Loch Ness monster escaped Scotland? Has a swan evolved in a scaly reptilian beast? Or did a man just photograph a piece of wood bobbing about in the waves?

A large unrecognisable object was spotted off the coast of Britain – so naturally people have started thinking a crocodile or some sort of monster is lurking in our waters.

Photographer Allan Jones took some pictures of the creature wallowing in the waters off Plymouth Sound in Devon.

He said the ’20 foot long’ animal was swimming against the current about half a mile offshore, and when he showed the images to a university technician he was told it was probably a crocodile.

Allan said: ‘I’ve never seen anything like it – the first thing that struck me was that it looked just like a huge crocodile.


Miniature Bigfoot Encountered in Tennessee Cave
In a sighting unrelated to the other day's reptilian alien, a Tennessee woman claims to have encountered a “miniature version of 'Bigfoot'” while 

Another Bigfoot Sighting In The UK?
More and more stories of bigfoot creatures seem to be coming out of the UK these days. Could there be something to it? For the full article, click here

New! Bigfoot Terrifies Horseback Campers In Georgia
We were working the trail on horseback and about night 3 I asked my usual question has anyone here seen a Bigfoot and Bill, one of the horse hands

The headlines of the small November 1963 issue of the "S. F. Territorial News" screamed: "Story Behind the BIGFOOT MYSTERY complete in this 


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
Last night Richard and Mother and I watched The Grand Budapest Hotel, which truly is a brilliant film. It shows how out of touch I am with everything except rarified types of progressive rock music and cryptozoology that I had not heard of it. Richard apparently saw it at the cinema and earmarked it as a movie that I was bound to like. And he was right. Today the away team are dropping Richard off at Gunnislake so he can catch the train back to Exeter. Then Graham and Danny are helping a damsel in distress to move house. While Jessica and I take a metaphorical hatchet to the office. Fun eh chaps?
GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Good Times - Chic (1979)
Scots singer Barbara Dickson says sexual harassment in the 70s was playful, not abusive
Capt Beefheart: Vancouver 73 US review
The Mars Tapes: US Review
The Gonzo Weekly #116
Peter Banks, Sidonie Jordan, Empire, Ty Segall, Robert Wyatt, Jon Anderson, Yes, Hawkwind, and Daevid Allen fans had better look out!
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#116) will soon be available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has the lovely Sidonie Jordan, one half of Empire together with the late Peter Banks on the cover and a fascinating interview with her inside. We also have an interview with the author of the new Robert Wyatt biography, and we confirm, that sadly Robert has stopped making music.  We introduce you to the new co host of Strange Fruit, and Doug Harr explains why you all should check out the multi talented Ty Segall, whilst Jon waxes lyrical about the Prog Rock FAQ. We send Jeremy Smith to a desert island. Xtul are on the road to Norwich, and there are shows from Strange Fruit and from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and the titular submarine dwellers are still lost at sea, although I have been assured that they will hit land again soon. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and southern dibblers wearing new shoes (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials in search of snazzy 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!
You can download the magazine in pdf form 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/…/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit
* 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 55 who - together with an infantile orange cat 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 infantile orange cat?


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