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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Friday, April 05, 2013

CFZ CANADA: One Big Tentacled Family

“Sea Monsters” have long been a part of Atlantic lore and study.  When the Giant Squid was documented, it became pretty clear that this was the infamous “Kraken” that had been feared by many.  The largest giant squid ever recorded by scientists was almost 43 feet (13 meters) long, and may have weighed nearly a ton.  It might seem that something so large would be hard to miss, but since they live deep underwater they are rarely seen.  Sometimes the dead carcasses float to the surface or wash up on a beach and that gives scientists a good specimen to work with.

Uncle Alice - American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Monsters



1. The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman (4)
2. Wildman! by Nick Redfern (5)
3=. Haunted Skies Volume Six by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (-)
3=. Quest for the Hexham Heads by Paul Screeton (3)
5. The Journal of Cryptozoology Volume One edited by Karl Shuker (5)
6. The Inhumanoids by Bart Nunnelly (-) 
7=. Haunted Skies Volume One by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (-)
7=. The Police and The Paranormal by Andy Owens (-)
9. Haunted Skies Volume Six by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (1)
10. Extraordinary Animals Revisited by Dr Karl Shuker (-)


1When Bigfoot Attacks by Michael Newton (2)
2. Orang Pendek by Richard Freeman (-)
3. The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman (4)
4. Wildman! by Nick Redfern (5)
5. The Inhumanoids by Bart Nunnelly (-) 
6. Those Amazing Newfoundland Dogs by Jan Bondeson (2)
7. The Journal of Cryptozoology Volume One edited by Karl Shuker (5)
8=. The 2007 CFZ Yearbook (-)
8=. The 2013 CFZ Yearbook (-)
10. The Mystery Animals of Pennsylvania by Andrew Gable (-)

Last month's positions in this pinky colour, which I think is called cerise. Sales are still strong after Christmas, quite possibly due to all the hard work Emsy has put in on the Facebook Group. Thank you honey.


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. So after about six months of regular postings on the main bloggo Corinna has taken the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.

Strange Bigfoot Sighting On Navajo Indian Reservation


Max arrived at the ranch quite late last night, and a jolly time was had by all. Sheri Myler starts her second week's student placement with us this evening. I am always impressed how Mother takes this constant influx of people coming and going in her stride. She doesn't even bat an eyelid at the constant stream of strange music which issues forth from my study...
Our daily visit to the world of Thom the World Poet
Pink Floyd Transcription Discs in the Cabinet of Curiosities
*  The Gonzo Daily is a two way process. If you have any news or want to write for us, please contact me at  jon@eclipse.co.uk. If you are an artist and want to showcase your work, or even just say hello please write to me at gonzo@cfz.org.uk. Please copy, paste and spread the word about this magazine as widely as possible. We need people to read us in order to grow, and as soon as it is viable we shall be invading more traditional magaziney areas. Join in the fun, spread the word, and maybe if we all chant loud enough we CAN stop it raining. See you tomorrow...

*  The Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link:
* We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!

*  Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 53 who - together with his orange cat (who is currently on sick leave in Staffordshire) and a not very small orange kitten (who isn't) puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish, and sometimes a small Indian frog. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cats?

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today


On this day in 2008 the actor Charlton Heston died. Although most well known as a gun nut in his later years, Heston first found fame as an actor staring in classic films like The Ten Commandments and Planet of the Apes.

And now the news:

  • Kaziranga’s vital Indian rhino population increase...
  • How Rats See Things
  • Satellite Tagging Maps the Secret Migration of Whi...
  • Fishermen help clear lobster 'carnage' on east coa...
  • Surprisingly Simple Logic Explains Amazing Bee Abi...
  • Will We Kill Off Today's Animals If We Revive Exti...
  • Long-lasting Chemicals May Harm Sea Turtles -Scien...
  • Tiny Grazers Play Key Role in Marine Ecosystem Hea...
  • One Extinct Turtle Less: Turtle Species in the Sey...

  • Jim Carry made a mildly funny parody song about Heston and wow... Just wow... You HAVE to see Fox News' over the top unintentionally hilarious reaction: