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, July 01, 2009


Lagoonkeepers.org is dedicated to the waters of Palm Beach County, by removing floating debris on a daily basis, therefore improving the quality of the water for everyone’s benefit and environmental health. They have just released this footage of an unknown creature....

COLIN HIGGINS: Alan's Imaginary Cryptid

Hi Jon,

I was interested in Alan's created cryptid idea from a few weeks ago. It's a good one. On a similar theme, here is a visual blog of mine centred around a character I called Bugbear, a kind of relic hominid cum sprite that lives on the high moors. I haven't had the motivation to add to it for a while though I keep doing the drawings, poems and tales.

V. Best,

Colin Higgins


ROBERT SCHNECK: Crypto Couture

"Loch Ness, A Scottish Fantasy" is beautiful and, while we're on the subject of the Loch Ness Monster as inspiration, here is an example of crypto-couture.

This item appeared in the August 24, 1934 issue of the La Crosse (Wisconsin) Tribune and Leader Press and comes from the AP. It's been sitting in my clippings folder for ages and I'm hoping that someone, somewhere, might have a picture of it.


PARIS--(AP)--The "Loch Ness monster" which roamed around the Scottish lake last season has inspired the name of a new winter costume.

The ensemble, named "Loch Ness," combines a slender wool frock with a hip-length jacket of the same fabric designed with long front "tails"
furred in gray fox. It is accompanied by a narrow brimmed hat of dark green felt with a fluff of the same gray fur on top of the crown.

The article is on this page at the bottom of column 2. It's easier to read if you drag it on to your desktop .

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday’s News Today


Hello there and good morning (or other part of the day if you’re reading this at a time other than the morning). I do wonder if anyone ever reads this preamble. On the strength of the ‘staggering response’ yesterday I would guess not. But anyway, here is the news:

Hedgehogs born at Wildwood
Gray wolves get federal protection again
Land O'Lakes nurse investigates Bigfoot sightings
Obesity Clues From Research On How Burrowing Frogs Survive Years Without Food
Victim Of Chimp Feared Animal, Brother Says
Fecal DNA Sampling Provides Extremely Accurate Estimates Of Tiger Populations
Rabbit-Size Elephant Ancestor Found -- Oldest Known
Khram Island, Thailand, June 17, 2009
Bear skips veggies for chocolate in Calif. home
Yard-long "Megapiranha" Fossil Found

That’s palaeontology at the sharp end then.



It is interesting to see that it has made the BBC news, several weeks after we covered it. However, my personal opinion of the story has not changed. Several of the bloggo readers have asked why we have not yet broadcast Mike and Greg Warner's video. This is because we have not received anything from them.

Out of interest, this video is the most recent thing to be embedded onto YouTube with the keyword `Yacumama`, and I sincerely doubt whether it is relevant...