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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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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

TODAY'S BIG CAT NEWS

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 LAST WEEK AT THE CFZ-USA BLOG

    CFZ-USA


  • POLTERGEIST PHENOMENA
  • A SET OF WEIRD EXPERIENCES
  • BLACK-EYED KID
  • ALIEN CREATURE
  • YOWIE FILMED BY RANGER
  • AMERICAN TOURIST SEES LOCH NESS MONSTER
  • OLDEST DOG IMAGES
  • DO GNOMES EXIST?
  • LAKE MONSTER CAUSED SHOCK!
  • GHOSTS IN FOLKLORE
  • THE NATURE OF BIGFOOT
  • IS THIS A CRAWLING BIGFOOT?
  • EXTRATERRESTRIALS IN KANSAS
  • RUSSIAN ENCOUNTERS BLOND UFONAUTS
  • MOON-EYED PEOPLE
  • ON THE TRACK
  • OSTRICH IN MEDIEVAL CHINA
  • KINOSO - MONSTER OF COLD LAKE
  • WHAT ARE STICK INDIANS?
  • KIKOMBA
  • ENCOUNTERS WITH ALIENS
  • BIGFOOT IN INDIANA
  • ARGENTINE GOBLIN ON VIDEO
  • DIMINUTIVE BEING IN ARGENTINA
  • BIGFOOT IN FLORIDA
  • MANY NESSIE SIGHTINGS THIS YEAR
  • BIGFOOT vs. YETI
  • STRANGE BIGFOOT STORIES
  • YETI MYSTERIES
  • SELKIES - SEAL PEOPLE
  • FAIRY PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN BY GRANDMOTHER?
  • MONSTERS OF AMERICA
  • DOGMAN IN WALES
  • FLYING HUMANOID STALKS FAMILY
  • TERRORIZED BY BIGFOOT
  • WAS THIS A DEER'S GHOST?
  • FILIPINO GREAT SERPENT
  • ISA BERE - DRAGON OF AFRICA
  • SUCURUJU GIGANTE
  • DID SKUNK APE DAMAGE TREE?
  • FLAT EARTH CONFERENCE
  • HEARTFELT CANIDS
  • MERMAID IN ZIMBABWE
  • STRANGE BEING IN MOSCOW
  • WINGED GOBLIN OF CHICAGO
  • BIGFOOT SUMMIT
  • IS THIS THE TWIN OF THE MILKY WAY
  • MESSAGE TO ALIENS
  • GUARANI MYTHOLOGY
  • WHAT IS A SQUEASEL?
  • NEW FROG SPECIES
  • SELECTION OF SEA MONSTER REPORTS
  • SPIDERBAT - CREATURE OF CANADA
  • BIGFOOT AND FIRE
  • SCREAMED AT BY BIGFOOT
  • WEIRD INDIANA CREATURE
  • NEW MOTHMAN BOOK
  • FINDING ALIEN LIFE
  • QALUPALIK
  • HUGGIN' MOLLY
  • LAKE MONSTER OF COLORADO
  • A LOOK AT MERFOLK
  • DAGTRĂ–LL - IT WANDERS BY DAY
  • WHITE-EYED KIDS
  • MONSTERS OF PUERTO RICO
  • SASQUATCH IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
  • NEWLY DISCOVERED KATYDIDS
  • BIGFOOT IN EAST TEXAS
  • AMERICAN UFO EXPERIENCES
  • SASQUATCH IN CANADA
  • HUNT FOR BIGFOOT


  • CFZ PATREON CAMPAIGN
  • FORTEAN BIRD NEWS FROM THE WATCHER OF THE SKIES


    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.




    NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)



    Loch Ness monster sightings hit a record high
    Sightings of the Loch Ness Monster have hit a record high after the beast was spotted for a ninth time this year. Diana Turner, from Michigan in the US, was watching a live stream of the loch, which scans the water near Urquhart Castle - purportedly a favourite haunt of Nessie. Several recent sightings ...

    Students more likely to see Loch Ness Monster than personal tutor
    A new report this week has confirmed that University of Bristol undergrads have, on average, more chance of spotting Scotland's mythical Loch Ness ...

    CRYPTOLINK: NESSIE'S BACK ‘Loch Ness Monster’ spotted poking out of the water as American tourist becomes NINTH person to see legendary water beast this year

    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. 
    AN AMERICAN tourist watching a webcam of Loch Ness claims to have spotted the elusive monster.
    Diana Turner, in Michigan, is the ninth person to have reported seeing the creature this year after witnessing a "wake movement" in an area said to be one of Nessie's favourites.

     An American woman reported seeing Nessie in the loch at the end of September
    LOCHNESS.CO.UK
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    An American woman reported seeing Nessie in the loch at the end of September

    The eagle-eyed woman's sighting means the number of times the mythical creature has been seen this year is the highest this century.
    She was avidly watching a live feed focused on a part of the loch near Urquhart Castle when she claims she saw a wake appear in the water.
    She reported it on September 29 to the officials in charge of the Nessie spottings.
    Gary Campbell, the recorder and keeper of the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register, told the Daily Mail: "The sighting lasted about two minutes and other than a boat in the distance, she saw no other traffic on the loch.

    CRYPTOLINK: Lake George Monster

    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. 


    MYTH: The most colourful legend surrounding Lake George is that of a Loch Ness-type monster that has occasionally been reported lurking in the murky depths of the lake (and allegedly retreats to subterranean mud caves when the lake is dry). In fact, an 1866 NSW Road Guide warned travellers "to be ...

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