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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Friday, June 05, 2015


A wish come true:Boy finds Bigfoot in state forest
WEST BEND, Wis. — When 5-year-old Linkin Eger set out in mid-May to search for the illustrious Bigfoot at the Kettle Moraine State Forest's Pike Lake

The Spartanburg Pennsylvania Bigfoot Video….A Brief Clip
This is a brief clip from the 2014 Spartanburg Bigfoot video that shows the profile of the individual. Each frame has been deblurred and hand stabilized 

CRYPTOLINKS: Catalina Oarfish. It is interesting to note the inconsistencies even in the headlines

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. 
Giant "sea serpent" oarfish discovered on Catalina Island
ABC News
'Very Rare' 15-Foot Oarfish Emerges on California Shores
It's fifty feet of sea serpent sushi paint the praising and though no one is looking beat this thing scientists like any McCauley are definitely feasting on ...
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CBS News on Twitter: "Rare 17-foot-long "sea serpent" washes ashore on Catalina Island http://t.co ...
Rare 17-foot-long "sea serpent" washes ashore on Catalina Island http://cbsn.ws/1G6mwgB pic.twitter.com/GPfEMcihsa. 129 retweets 76 favorites.
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CRYPTOLINK: Research team discovered tracks of unidentified lake animal - TomoNews

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. 

HOKKAIDO, JAPAN — The clearest lake in the world is Lake Mashu, located in the northeastern part of Hokkaido, Japan. Known to the native people, the Ainu, as “Kamuytou” or “The Lake of the Gods, it’s a caldera lake, formed in the crater of a dormant volcano approximately 11,000 years ago. Lake Mashu is notable for having the clearest water in the world, which made it easy for a team of researchers to check out the bottom of the lake. The research team from Japan’s National Institute of Environmental Studies discovered strange animal track marks in the bottom of the lake. The trail resembles marks left by a tank. Or perhaps a crayfish? Since the 1970’s there have been reports of giant crayfish living in Lake Mashu. Some claim sightings of crayfish far exceeding the size of any known to be in Japan.


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.

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    The Gonzo Daily - Friday/Saturday
    Although it still looks like I shall be getting it back, the progress with my broken hard drive is slow and frustrating. Thank you everyone for not hassling me about things. I shall catch up when I know the verdict one way or the other. Today is also manifestly unfair because I am feeling grossly untogether and mildly hungover....and I haven't had a drink in days, or spirits for nearly five weeks.
    The Gonzo Weekly #132
    Daevid Allen, Gong, Blancmange, Grateful Dead, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, and Yes fans had better look out!
    The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#132) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Daevid Allen on the front cover together with a thirteen page account, written by the man himself, of one of his last excursions outside Australia. He sent it to us for the blog three years ago, and when I had posted it I promptly forgot all about it....until now. There is a look at Blancmange live with some excellent pictures by Doug, Jon examines a book about The Grateful Dead, and muses on an exciting new direction in music retail, Thom waxes all poetical like, whilst the legendary Roy Weard continues his regular column. Xtul shudders towards a climax, and there is a radio show from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and two from theose jolly nice chaps at Strange Fruit. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and antichinuses trying to snooze (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials having difficulty getting to sleep, 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!!!
    This issue features:
    David Crosby, Garry Johnson,Eric Clapton, Noel Gallagher, Steve Hackett, Genetics, Marillion, Edison's Children, System 7, Steve Hillage, Karnataka, Friday Night Progressive, Sam Zaman, Mick Abrahams & Sharon Watson, Tommy James, Hugh Hopper, Third Ear Band, WMWS, David Peel, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Eliza Carthy & Jim Moray,The Boomtown Rats, Midlake, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Yes, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Wyrd, Martin Eve, Xtul, Elvis, Monkees, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Pink Floyd, Ozzy Osbourne, Keith Richards, FängörN

    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
    Issue 131 (Boomtown Rats cover)
    Issue 130 (David Peel cover)
    Issue 129 (Clepsydra cover)
    Issue 128 (Louie Louie cover)
    Issue 127 (Roy Weard cover)
    Issue 126 (Atkins-May Project cover)
    Issue 125 (Mick Abrahams cover)
    Issue 124 (Karnataka cover)
    Issue 123 (Cream cover)
    Issue 122 (Anthony Phillips cover)
    Issue 121 (Annie Haslam cover)
    Issue 120 (Frank Zappa cover)
    Issue 119 (Eliza Carthy cover)
    Issue 118 (Dave Brock cover)
    Issue 117 (Daevid Allen cover)
    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?

    NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Friday/Saturday

    ON THIS DAY IN 1752 - Benjamin Franklin flew a kite for the first time to demonstrate that lightning was a form of electricity. 
    And now some more recent news from the CFZ Newsdesk

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  • 'Virgin-born' sawfish are a first in the wild

  • Elephant poaching figures so bad Tanzania calls fo...

  • AND TO WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK... (Music that may have some relevance to items also on this page, or may just reflect my mood on the day)