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, August 25, 2010

RICHARD MUIRHEAD: A Singapore aquatic monster?


A blue spider? Can such a thing be? You had better ask Dr Shuker

WW2010: More from Mike and Ruby (and I must stop calling her Ruby)


WW2010: Richard Freeman on Yokai

If this video disappears, it can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCSfmS83fTg

WW2010: Silas Hawkins (2)

If the coding disappears again, this video can be found http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0I08_uo2LI

WW2010: Well it has been edited!

The editing and embedding has all been done, and by the time that you read this everything will have been uploaded. The rest of the postings will appear on the bloggo over the next few days. As I wrote the other day, the only exceptions are mine and Corinna's blue dog talk, which suffered from equipment failure, and the two short films that are not ours to show. Three or four minutes has also been omitted from Ronan's talk for legal reasons but never fear, you still see him ride his trusty steed into the sunset.

I have also not posted things like drawing raffle tickets or the kid's cake-eating contest (which did include the priceless sight of the Colonel joining one of the teams who were behaving like a ravenous plague of locusts) because they are essentially of the 'You had to be there' persuasion; likewise there is no film of the cocktail party.

If you want to know what they are/were like, you had better book early for next year's event.


CORINNA DOWNES: Yesterday's News Today

Here is today’s offering of yesterday’s news:

Warming waters send tropical fish species south
Study shows carnivore species shrank during global warming event
Alligator on loose in NY
Pilots on alert for high-flying vulture
Bat species use remarkable stealth technique to sneak up on their prey
British man claims to have bred indestructible bees
Invasive Species: Asian Carp Get Their Day In Court
Tuatara: one species or two?
GOTCHA! Chicago River alligator in custody
Polar bear threat to Solway geese
Pea sized frog found on Borneo island
Lifedogs trained to rescue swimmers in Italy

Let us hope that the indestructible bees are successful.