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.

Thursday 26 November 2015


The following report comes from the 19th Century - 1830, to be precise.  

The British navy ship Rob Roy was sailing towards St Helena, an island in the middle of the Atlantic which has the distinction of not being near anywhere else.  At about 5p.m. the huge head of a serpentine creature rose out of the water to the fore of the ship, to the great astonishment of those aboard.  This creature may have been as surprised as the jolly tars concerned - it certainly seemed somewhat nonplussed.  Captain James Stockdale was later to write that twenty foot snakes he had killed would have fitted into the animal's mouth.  He estimated the animal to be about 129 feet in length.  It had a fin between its shoulders.  Captain Stockdale in his report evinced a desire never to meet the creature again.

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