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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Sunday, August 07, 2011


Hideouts or Sacred Spaces

Beate Greithanner, a dairy farmer, is barefoot as she walks up the lush meadows of the Doblberg, a mountain in Bavaria set against a backdrop of snow-capped Alpine peaks. She stops and points to a hole in the ground. "This is where the cow was grazing," she says. "Suddenly she fell in, up to her hips."

A crater had opened up beneath the unfortunate cow.

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LINDSAY SELBY: The Ningen, a new cryptid?

Stories about a creature called the Ningen ( translates as “human like” I think) appeared on the internet in about 2007. It is said to be a whale like creature with a human face and some are reported to have arms. There are reports that these creatures live in the Antarctic Ocean. The reports say they are very pale or white and about 60 feet (20 metres) or larger in length. Sometimes they are described as mermaid like. Supposedly they are reported as being seen by crew members of government whale research ships from Japan. One story says the crew members on deck saw what they thought was a submarine but when they got closer it was a live creature which disappeared under the water.

Large rays and some other flat fish can look as if they have a face on the underside and some grow very large. So speculation is that it could be a large flatfish like a ray floating upside down for whatever reason. It reminds me of H P Lovecraft’s Mountains of Madness story or that film The Abyss with the underwater alien. It could of course be a previously undiscovered species of Whale or elephant seal. Will wait and see if the first shaky photos appear.

See here for story and sighting : http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xfrmnu_alien-ningen-sighting-sagami-bay-japan-aug-23-2010_news


HAUNTED SKIES: John Hanson looks to the future


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1786 Mont Blanc was climbed for the first time.
And now the news:

Unhappy snaps
Stork baby delivery
Sea Lampreys Fear the Smell of Death: Repellant Co...
What Steers Vampire Bats to Blood: Heat-Detecting ...
Washington’s fifth wolf pack confirmed
Are Bayview lab mice on the loose?
Bizarre roadkill perplexes DNR officials
Local "Monster" Mania

I could try to tie this video in with the news but I think that would be impossible, sometimes you find something on youtube you just HAVE to share, this is possibly more epic than the baby monkey riding on a pig video:

CFZ NEW ZEALAND: The callousness of abundance


A very thought-provoking article by Tony Lucas


Just last week, I received an intriguing story from a family living on the fringes of White Rock Lake, Dallas, Texas (where, coincidentally, me and my wife, Dana, lived from 2004 to 2008), who claimed to have seen a four-to-five-foot-long alligator briefly basking on the shore of the lake in the latter part of June of this year.

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