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.

Wednesday 1 July 2015


This is just a little billet-doux for those of you who scan the waters in the hope of seeing monsters or those of you who may have had a chance encounter with such a creature.

The distance in observed bodies of water can be deceptive and this is of importance to those who believe they have seen monsters.  The way they may be deceived is as follows.  A small animal, swimming near the shoreline, may look as though it is much further out in the water.  This can lead the unwary to think it is a big animal in the distance, rather than a small animal near to hand.  This perceptual anomaly has been recognized by psychologists, so, next time you see what looks like a big animal out to sea, take a closer look to ensure it isn't a smaller animal much nearer than it seems.

It is also wise to ensure that what you're seeing isn't something well known.  The long-lived wels catfish can look very monstrous and sturgeon can grow to a staggering size.  Cryptozoologists have already noted the somewhat serpentine appearance of the oarfish.  I can think of several humans I know who, when swimming, could well pass for sea monsters!

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