At the beginning of the 21st Century monsters still roam the remote, and sometimes not so remote, corners of our planet. It is our job to search for them. The Centre for Fortean Zoology [CFZ] is - we believe - the largest professional, scientific and full-time organisation in the world dedicated to cryptozoology - the study of unknown animals. Since 1992 the CFZ has carried out an unparalleled programme of research and investigation all over the world. Since 2009 we have been running the increasingly popular CFZ Blog Network, and although there has been an American branch of the CFZ for over ten years now, it is only now that it has a dedicated blog.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

VIDEO ON BEAST OF GEVAUDAN

One of France's most famous monsters.  This site is in French.



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SEARCHING FOR BIGFOOT

The British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club have been on a quest that has lasted 25 years.



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DECOMPOSED FOOT - IS IT SASQUATCH'S?

Police inb Massachussetts have found a large decomposed foot which may provide evidence for the existence of Bigfoot.

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WILL RENDELSHAM BE REINVESTIGATED?

What really happened in the UK's most famous UFO related incident?

Alleged incident at Rendelsham


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ON THIS DAY IN WEIRD



On This Day in Weird, November 30...

1896: First report of a famous and still-controversial "globster" beached at St. Augustine, Florida.



1998: Television premiere of Big and Hairy, a comedic "family" film in which Sasquatch joins a school's basketball team.



Saturday, 29 November 2014

STRANGE CREATURES

Article features Roswell Reptilian and the Monster of Benbrook Lake.

Benbrook Lake


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WAS U.S. WARSHIP ATTACKED BY SEA MONSTER?

The alleged attack on the USS Stein.




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CIA SCULPTURE WITH CODE

Jim Sanborn's CIA sculpture contains a code - but what is its meaning?




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PHILAE LANDING: CONSPIRACY?

The suggestion that the Philae landing was faked has been made.

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ON THIS DAY IN WEIRD



On This Day in Weird, November 29...

1893: The New York Herald reports multiple sightings of a large "wild man" around Rockaway Beach, on Long Island.


Friday, 28 November 2014

HUMANS ON MARS?

A woman who says she once worked for NASA avers she saw humans on Mars.


Mars


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CARNIVOROUS PLANT

The Illustrated London News in 1892 carried a story about a carnivorous vine in Nicaragua.  It seized the dog belonging to a naturalist named Dunstan, but happily the latter freed the intended victim from its grasp.  There are, of course, known carnivorous plants which will devour insects.  This, however, is a far cry from those which eat dogs.


Carnivorous Plant
The first person to produce a study of such plants was Charles Darwin whose work Insectivorous Plants appeared in the 19th Century.

CHINESE DRAGON

The Chinese Dragon is generally seen as beneficent and is in many ways the antithesis of the Dragon of Western Europe.


Chinese Dragon (Lung)

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"FINDING BIGFOOT" IN NEW JERSEY

They were in Sussex County during the summer.

You can't get away from the Media


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ON THIS DAY IN WEIRD



On This Day in Weird, November 28...

1954: Gustavo Gonzalez observes a spherical UFO outside Caracas, Venezuela. Three "hairy dwarfs" with glowing eyes emerge from the craft and attack Gonzalez, while blinding him with a beam of light.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

THANKSGIVING

We wish our many readers in the United States a happy Thanksgiving.



Did you know that every Thanksgiving, the President officially pardons a turkey, which is not eaten and not killed subsequently?

Did you also know that, as a substitute for turkey, vegans and vegetarians at Thanksgiving can have a tofurkey?

KEN GERHARD IN FLORIDA

Report on CFZ member Ken Gerhard, veterean cryptozoologist.

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RE-EXAMINATION OF MINERVA MONSTER

A forthcoming television program is to look into the case of the Minerva Monster, reported in Ohio in 1978.  It was 6' tall and may have been a Bigfoot.

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NEW DINOSAUR DISCOVERED

Amid bones in a Canadian museum, evidence of a hitherto unknown dinosaur comes to light.

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PTEROSAUR REPORTED FROM ARKANSAS

Was this cryptid a winged relic of a bygone age?



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ON THIS DAY IN WEIRD


On This Day in Weird, November 27...


1946: Renowned Fortean author Jerome Clark born in Canby, Minnesota.



1962: Theatrical premiere of The Giant Gila Monster, wherein the titular cryptid terrorizes rural Arkansas, far outside the normal range of its species. Police are helpless, while teenage hot-rodders save the day.



Wednesday, 26 November 2014

BEWARE OF THE BRAINSUCKER

Here's a pleasant  creature from the folklore of Massachussetts.  It has wings like a bat's, a face like a dog's and a long tail.  Neither humans nor animals are safe from its attacks.  It is rumored to be found in the woods near Chester, Russell and North Adams.  Watch out for it if you're in the vicinity.

FROM THE PAST - OCTIPOS

C. Rafinesque (1783-1840) reported this creature.  He said it was seen in the Atlantic in 1818.  It had 8 gills, its head was 2' in length and its body 56'.  Presumably, with a name such as that, it had eight feet.

Rafinesque
Rafinesque himself was a somewhat extraordinary character, self-educated, fluent in Greek and Latin.  There is some suspicion that he forged the Wallum Olum which claimed to be a traditional record of the Delaware Indians.  

Turning from the Octipos to the Octopus, this his a word that causes confusion in English when it comes to pluralizing it.  The plural should be octopuses or octopodes (4 syllables), but not octopi.  This is because it comes from Greek, not Latin.

For the same reason, the correct plural of Hippopotamus is Hippopotamuses and that of Rhinoceros is Rhinoceroses.

AN AFRICAN BIGFOOT?

On the trail of a mystery animal in South Africa.

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SKUNK APE ALLEGEDLY SEEN IN FLORIDA

Another reported sighting of this enigmatic creature.

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YOWIE IN QUEENSLAND

Video of possible yowie.  (Site in French).

Statue of Yowie.


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STOLEN BIGFOOT STATUE RECOVERED

Return of statue purloined in Delhi (Ohio).

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ON THIS DAY IN WEIRD



On This Day in Weird, November 26...

2002: "Loveable trickster" Raymond L. Wallace, a notorious Sasquatch hoaxer since the late 1950s, dies at age 84 in Centralia, Washington. Surviving relatives try to cash in on his passing by spreading ludicrous tales that he "invented Bigfoot" and that "Bigfoot just died." To their everlasting discredit, most mainstream journalists swallow and repeat the lie without even minimal fact-checking.



Tuesday, 25 November 2014

LOCH NESS MONSTER

This link should bring you to the Loch Ness Monster fan Club.

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MAN SMUGGLES GIRAFFES ONTO AIRPLANE

Yes, incredible as it sounds, this happened.



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WAS THIS THROWN BY BIGFOOT?

Episode of flung boulder in Idaho.

Don't look at me.


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COCKATRICE IN BRITAIN

Was a cockatrice killed at Renwick in the 18th Century?  Was one seen in the same area in 1959?



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JAPANESE LAKE MONSTER

The Monster of Lake Ikeda.

Lake Ikeda

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ON THIS DAY IN WEIRD



On This Day in Weird, November 25...

1964: A resident of New Berlin, New York, reports 12 humanoid figures see at a distance after two UFOs land on a hilltop. He claims the entities appeared to be repairing one of the crafts for two hours.


Monday, 24 November 2014

LOG NESS MONSTER?

Recent sightings of Nessie have been blamed on floating logs.




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THE SNALLYGASTER

A general account of this unusual cryptid in Maryland.

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SISEMITE - GUATEMALA'S BIGFOOT

A large creature of the ape/hominid type said to lurk in Central America.

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AMERICA'S FIRST UFO

The first UFO was recorded in America in the 17th Century.



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DESCENT OF HORSES AND RHINOS

Common ancestor for both.

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IS THIS A BIGFOOT AUDIO RECORDING?

Have a listen.

Could be.


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ON THIS DAY IN WEIRD



On This Day in Weird, November 24...

2008: Sasquatch researcher Dr. Charles Hallmark dies in Sulphur, Oklahoma, at age 68.



2012: Premiere of the "documentary" film Dead Bigfoot: A True Story, relating the controversial "Sierra kills" story of Justin Smeja.



Sunday, 23 November 2014

BULLDOG MAN

Read the account of the legendary Bulldog Man of Sand Springs, Oklahoma.

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TALKING TO EXTRATERRESTRIALS

The question posed here is, "How should we do it?"  I would have said, "Carefully."

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LITTLE PEOPLE OF THE CHEROKEE

The Cherokee have traditions of a diminutive race.

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"FINDING BIGFOOT" WILL NOT DISAPPEAR

The program will continue, despite fears to the contrary.

I may not want to be found.


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FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT CROCODILES

There are things about crocodilian life you would never suspect.



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ON THIS DAY IN WEIRD



On This Day in Weird, November 23...

1887: Future horror film star Boris Karloff born William Henry Pratt in East Dunwich, London, England.



1941: An alleged victim of the "Bermuda Triangle," the USS Proteus, vanishes with 58 crew members while transporting a cargo of bauxite from St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands.



1963: The premiere episode of Doctor Who airs on BBC1 television.


Saturday, 22 November 2014

CHUCHUNAA

For Bigfoot enthusiasts, here is an overview of the Chuchunaa, the Siberian wildman.

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INDIAN INTERVIEW

Interview with the head of the Indian Paranormal Society.

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WOMAN APPARENTLY RECOVERS FROM DEATH

A woman who stopped breathing for at least two hours recovered and described her experience meeting with her dead father.

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WAR ON MARS?

A scientist claims there is evidence that there was once a nuclear war conducted against the inhabitants of the Red Planet.

Mars


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RABIES WARNING IN NEW JERSEY

The public are warned to be careful.

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NAZIS AND YETIS

The Nazis harbored the theory that the Aryan race was descended from Yetis.



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ON THIS DAY IN WEIRD



On This Day in Weird, November 22...

1963: The mother of all political murder mysteries begins in Dallas, Texas, with the JFK assassination. Countless conspiracy theories have ravaged the Warren Report's whitewash, and yet few people realize that the two main men behind the slaying—Mafia bosses Carlos Marcello and Santo Trafficante Jr.—both made deathbed confessions to planning and executing the crime.


Friday, 21 November 2014

PILTDOWN MAN

As you will  read below, today is the anniversary of the exposure of this famous hoax.  If you want full details, follow the link below.




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ALLEGED BIGFOOT ATTACK

The story from a mightily injured Bigfoot tracker.

Who's been tracking me?


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THE MAN IN THE MOON

Even modern children will probably have heard, at some stage, of the Man in the Moon.  He Has featured in the nursery rhyme which begins The Man in the Moon came down too soon.  His smiling face has often been depicted.

But what was the original legend of the Man in the Moon?  In fact, there were a number.  The Romans said simply that he was put on the moon for purloining sheep.  In German tradition he was placed there as a punishment for gathering faggots on the Sabbath.  The Germans also said there was a Woman in the Moon, exiled there because she made butter on a Sunday.  Norse tradition spoke of M├íni, which actually signified the moon, but sounded like the word man found in Teutonic languages and this may have helped build up the verbal combination of Man in the Moon.  Coming behind him is the wolf Hati, who is destined to catch him at Ragnarok.  Another North European tradition is that he captured two children called Hjuki and Bil.  He was sometimes accompanied by a dog.
In East Asian lore, the moon is tenanted by a rabbit.

The Moon as seen from earth has numerous markings and it is only natural, especially considering its roundness, that the brains of those who gazed at it shaped these features into a face.   From that, we can easily guess how the concept of a Man in the Moon was formed. 

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CATMAN IN MICHIGAN

This one is from the archives.  In 1969 at Niles (Michigan) a car suffered attack from what was alleged to be a humanoid with feline characteristics.  The creature thumped the car with clawed fists, breaking windows.  Strange as it may seem, this is not the only report of such a humanoid.

Equally mysterious is the Cat Destroyer.  This creature, whatever it was, preyed on cats in the neighborhood of  Sciotoville (Ohio) in 1888.  It was seen by a Dr Bing, who claimed it was no known animal.  The head had foxlike characteristics, while the color of the beast was dark brown.

HELICOPTER ALLEGED TO HAVE ENCOUNTERED UFO

Image courtesy Lon Strickler
Two police officers claim it's true.

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ON THIS DAY IN WEIRD


On This Day in Weird, November 21...

1953: Experts at the British Natural History Museum brand one of the world's most famous fossil skulls, that of "Piltdown Man," a hoax.


Thursday, 20 November 2014

GIANT SEA SNAIL

Such a creature, readers may remember, was encountered by Dr Dolittle, the man who could communicate with animals in the books of Hugh Lofting.  However, such a creature has been reported in reality.  It was reported in the Baltic Sea in the 16th Century.

Certain features apart from size distinguished it from the average snail.  It had paws and there were eyes on either side of its head.

If you own a French restaurant and see this as a possible source of food, I would point out that it has not been seen in modern times, so I would advise against a hunting expedition.  It has not been seen in recently and, even if a small population still exists, such an expedition would not alone be unprofitable, it would be execrable.


Baltic Sea

HAVE YOU HEARD OF THE GOLLYWAMPUS?

I have a strange suspicion this beast was merely made up.  It is rumored to exist in the Ozarks.  According to folklore, it is water dwelling and looks like a large mink.  I mention it here because of its interesting name.  Still, there may be a genuine cryptid here whose name was coined in accordance with Ozark tradition.

Mink

A HELPFUL BIGFOOT?

Was this man brought home unconscious by a helpful Bigfoot?

Image courtesy Lon Strickler


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CANADIAN BIGFOOT VIDEO MAY BE REVEALED

There is a possibility that this alleged documentation of the Hairy One may be revealed.

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ON THIS DAY IN WEIRD



On This Day in Weird, November 20...

1975: Theatrical release of the long-since forgotten film Blood Beast of Monster Mountain, wherein Sasquatch terrorizes rustic yokels.