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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Monday, May 30, 2011

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

From CFZ Australia:
Giant snake - a real reptile or herp hoax?
Meet the Cryptozoologist: Neil Arnold

HAWKWIND LIVE 2011: Those with an interest in such things should check out what happens at 5:11

TERATOLOGY: Four legged Chicken

ROBERT SCHNECK: Octopus With 84 - Yes, 84 - Tentacles

It seems the well of strange octopus stories will never run dry. Am I the only one who didn't know that:

"every so often an octopus with extra tentacles is discovered. These octopi [sic] typically have the usual eight tentacles branching off their trunk. But then the tentacles branch out themselves, and continue to branch out, until you have something like the last specimen: an 84-limbed beast."

The author goes on to call it a "fractal octopus".

(Read the full story and see more pictures at http://uglyoverload.blogspot.com/2008/08/fractal-octopi.html ; the original source is the amazing Pinktentacle.com)

HAUNTED SKIES: The great 1967 UFO wave begins


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1578 Martin Frobisher set sail for Canada with a large fleet intending to mine what he thought was huge quantities of gold and make his fortune. It was several years later that he found out he had been mining fool's gold all that time and it was almost worthless.
And now the news:

Global carbon emissions reach record, says IEA
Butterflies close wings to avoid sex

It's that song again:

BROOKLYN SEA MONSTER: "Much ado about Nothing," says Max

In fact he wrote something far less printable. However, I agree - of course its a sturgeon. How could any idiot think otherwise? However, in our increasingly urbanized society people are less and less in touch with the natural world. A few years ago a neighbour came to us in a state of high excitement because "one of our animals had escaped" and she would call the police if we didn't come and collect it now!

It was a large elephant hawk moth caterpillar.