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, 30 April 2015

ON THIS DAY IN WEIRD


On This Day in Weird, May 1...

1897: Cleveland's Plain Dealer newspaper reports that two farmers, Adam Gardner and Ed Swineheart, have seen a large, hairy bipedal creature roaming near Sailor, Indiana.


NGUMA-MONENE

Apparently reptilian creature seen in Africa.

ANIMAL OR ALIEN?

What was the Carmel Area Creature seen last December?

now read on.....

NEW DINOSAURS DISCOVERED

A Dinobat in China and a Dinosaur in Chile - fossilized, of course.

now read on.....

LOCH NESS MONSTER - GIANT SALAMANDER?

A possible explanation for Scotland's most famous enigma.

now read on.....

WERE DENISOVANS HOMO ERECTUS?

Austin Whittall poses this interesting question.

DENISOVAN-HUMAN INTERBREEDING

The  interbreeding with Austronesians and Native Americans.

now read on.....

REPTOID BELIEFS

A long article on this subject.




now read on.....

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

ON THIS DAY IN WEIRD


On This Day in Weird, April 27...

1897: The Cincinnati Enquirer reports a hairy "wild man" seen around Stout, Ohio, on several recent occasions.


MOBILE LEPRECHAUN

In 2006 an incident took place in Mobile (Alabama) in the suburb of Crichton.  A group of people claimed they could see a leprechaun in a tree.  Not everyone, however, was convinced it was a leprechaun.  A shadow caused by tree branches, some moss, even a crackhead were suggested as to what it was.  The presence of a character called Demarco Morrisette, playing what he assured onlookers was a millenia-old leprechaun flute, added to the spectacle.  This instrument looks rather big for a leprechaun to play, but Morrisette assured viewers he had inherited it from an Irish ancestor.  The leprechaun was reputed to only come out at night and to disappear if you shone a light on it.  There is no doubt that it caused a buzz in the locality.  



A video was taken of the incident and was placed on You Tube.  You can see it yourself.

Above you can see an interesting book on Irish mystery animals, which you can procure from Amazon, Barnes and Noble or the CFZ.



In the United States, leprechauns are often depicted wearing green, but in Irish tradition they more frequently wear red.  There is some tradition of leprechauns living in Ohio, but I don't have details.

JERSEY DEVIL SUGGESTION

A suggestion concerning the origin of this celebrated cryptid.


Jersey Devil

now read on.....

GIANT BIRD IN LOUISIANA

This huge avian was credited with killing a cow.

Thunderbird Carving

now read on.....

CANNOCK CHASE: BLACK-EYED CHILD

This report contains a video recording.

read and watch.....

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

ON THIS DAY IN WEIRD


On This Day in Weird, April 29...

2013: Paranormal blogger Robert Lindsay continues his lengthy assessment of Rick Dyer, alleged Bigfoot killer (now confessed serial hoaxer and convicted fraudster), in two parts. For those who missed it or desire a stroll down short-term Memory Lane, read on...



CATMAN IN MICHIGAN

In 1969, if you happened to be in Niles (Michigan) you might have bumped into the Catman.  This creature allegedly attacked a car, breaking windows with its clawed fists.  

The funny thing is that this is not an isolated case.  Catmen have been reported from California and Ohio and I'm sure I could dig out more with a little searching.  What are we to make of such creatures?

GIANT BIRD ENCOUNTER

In listening to legends of the Thunderbird, cryptozoologists have wondered if some enormous member of the avifauna might not lie behind such a tradition.  Sometimes, indeed, enormous birds have been reported.

In 1889, the Evening Post carried a somewhat shocking report.  A ship called the Talisman was sailing off the  coast of Chile.  An enormous bird seized a boy on board and carrying him up to a height of 30'-40'.  A sailor had jumped, trying to rescue the boy, only to find himself attacked by another bird.  Captain Putt produced his trusty gun and shot the first bird, which dropped the boy.  A boat was lowered which the second bird proceeded to attack, but was at last driven off.  All in the water were rescued.

The first bird was still alive, but was captured with a lasso.  However, it died three days later.  It was left in Valparaiso for taxidermy.

What was the nature of these gigantic fowls?  Did they represent some lingering species which, in days of yore, had swooped on hapless Native Americans with luncheon in mind?  Who can say?


MORE TIGER RESERVES IN INDIA

Because of the increase in the tiger population of India, the country is planning more reserves.



now read on.....

DWELLER IN THE FIRE

Here is a creature that might qualify as a cryptid, but one for which I think I can work out a plausible explanation without actually venturing into the realm of unknown animals.

In 19th Century England, ironworkers had a strange belief.  Unless they let the fires at their factories go out from time to time, they believed a dangerous creature would be generated in the flames.

They do not seem to have harbored any idea of what this creature looked like, but they adhered to the practice.  How had such a notion grown up?  Had they once forgotten to douse the fire, with the result that something monstrous and horrific had emerged?  

Perhaps.  But I think I can offer a simpler explanation.

I think this idea owes its existence to the malady known as Obsessional Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  Sufferers of this unpleasant syndrome feel that unless they adhere to certain ritualistic behavior, something bad will befall them.  They develop habits like having to turn off light switches with their elbows, needing to touch a certain part of the wall before they enter their front door or, at a simpler level, fearing to step on cracks in the sidewalk.  We are creatures of habit.  If we grow into the habit of doing something and then neglect to do it, we may at firts feel unease and then, if we suffer from OCD, real fear.  Fear can then spread to others who do not have OCD.

I can imagine this particular idea of the flame beast began with workers dousing the flames from time to time until this became a habit.  From being a habit, it grew up being a compulsion, perhaps among the more nervous workers at first.  Then people began to ask themselves why they were always so meticulous about putting out fires.  Someone suggested that it must be because, if they didn't, something unkenned would emerge from the fire and wreak ghastly vengeance.  The belief, which would have had its origin in one foundry, would have, with the passage of time, spread to others.

Of course, I may be wrong.  Perhaps, if they hadn't put out the fires, something unimaginable might have sprung from their flames to devour everything in its path.  But I don't think so.



Monday, 27 April 2015

ON THIS DAY IN WEIRD


On This Day in Weird, April 28...

1977: A savage albino Sasquatch terrorizes a Colorado ski resort in the US television premiere of Snowbeast.


ONONDAGA LAKE MONSTER

This lake (area 46 square miles) lies in New York state.  In days of yore, the Indians held that this lake contained a great monster.  Not only did it live in the lake, but it could also cross the land.  The coming of the paleface, however, has led to this lake's becoming appallingly polluted.  Any monster surviving in there would need to have the most astounding powers of endurance.  Yet in 1977, cub scouts reported a monster in this lake.  They said it looked like a dragon.


Onondaga Lake
According to tradition, the Iroquois Confederation was formed at this lake.  The modern-day Onondaga have a 'Vision for a Clean Onondaga Lake in the 21st Century'.  This sounds highly commendable.  I'm sure any resident monster would appreciate it too.

WEREWOLVES AT CANNOCK CHASE

Report speaks of alleged werewolf sightings in Staffordshire.

Cannock Chase


now read on.....

SURVIVING PTEROSAURS?

Do pterosaurs still survive?  The fossil record saays it's unlikely, but the fossil records has its limitations.



now read on.....

BIGFOOT IN TENNESSEE

Historical encounter from Campbell County.

Campbell County (highlighted)


now read on.....

Sunday, 26 April 2015

ON THIS DAY IN WEIRD

On This Day in Weird, April 27...

2013: Paranormal blogger Robert Lindsay discussed inveterate hoaxer Rick Dyer's Shooting Bigfoot video. For his take on the film's final sequence, see...

https://robertlindsay.wordpress.com/2013/04/27/bigfoot-news-april-27-2013/

PENNYWELL POLITICAL PIGS

The British general election is almost here.  At Pennywell Farm in the south of England they are holding pig races, in which pigs represent the various political leaders.  They are anxious to see who wins each race, which consists of a course of 150 yards with four jumps.  Pigs are named after political party leaders - David Hameron (David Cameron), Ed Swilliband (Ed Milliband), Nigel Forage (Nigel Farrage) and Pork Clegg (Nick Clegg).  Chivalrously, no pig is named after Nichola Sturgeon, the Scottish Nationalist leader.  A fifth pig stands in for other parties.

Oink!

HUGE BIRD SEEN AT RESERVOIR

A witness reports seeing a gigantic bird at Martin Lake Reservoir (Alabama) in 1968.

now read on.....

DOGMEN OF HARWOOD

Are there Dogmen at Harwood in the UK?



now view this.....

FARMER FINDS KRONOSAURUS JAW

A farmer in Australia has found the fossilized jaw of a Kronosaurus on his property.

Kronosaurus


now read on....


CHEROKEE DEVIL

Hunt for a particular Bigfoot.

now read on.....

ON THIS DAY IN WEIRD


On This Day in Weird, April 26...

1876: Fishermen allegedly capture a sea-serpent near Portscatho, on Gerran's Bay, Cornwall, some 500 yards offshore. No evidence of the event survived today.


Saturday, 25 April 2015

CENTAURS IN NORTH AMERICA

I had understood the centaur to be a physiological impossibility, but there have been a number of  centaur reports in the modern United States.


now read on.....

MONSTER IN LOUGH FOYLE

Back in 2013 this monster was videoed and reported at Lough Foyle in Ireland.  I should warn the reader that Lough Foyle is not a lake, it is an arm of the sea, separating the counties of Donegal and Derry.

Image courtesy Lon Strickler


now read on....

THE NASA GARGOYLE

A story from the archives - how a NASA employee encountered a gargoyle like creature.

now read on.....

BRAXTON COUNTY BEAST

Neil Arnold gives an account of a weird monster from West Virginia, which John Keel dubbed a "window area".

West Virginia, Braxton County highlighted.


now read on....

ALLEGED DEAD CHUPACABRA

Allegedly found in Oklahoma - with photograph.

now read on.....

Friday, 24 April 2015

ON THIS DAY IN WEIRD


On This Day in Weird, April 25...

1977: A hunter in Jefferson County, Missouri, hears heavy breathing near his blind, accompanied by a pungent, alien smell of rotten meat or of something that really stank. Second later, a slender, hairy biped breaks cover 20 yards from the witness, fleeing "as fast as a deer."


WHAT WAS A POH?

In brief, it was a creature of Chinese legend.  They looked like unicorns - they had single horns and equine characteristics.  Their bodies were white and their tales black.  However, they were fierce creatures.  Their teeth resembled a saw.  They had claws like a tiger's and they ate tigers and leopards.  It was said that you could use them as soldiers, though how exactly you could do this somewhat mystifies me.  Pohs were to be found, so the Chinese said, in Mongolia.

ALLEGED ELF SIGHTING

An interesting tale.  It is a pity there is no reference to time and place of the sighting.




now read on...

BIGFOOT IN COLORADO?


Possible Bigfoot film.

It's me again.


now read on.....

PLESIOSAURS AND COLD

Did plesiosaurs enter cold water and fresh water?  Scott Mardis takes a look.




now read on....

DO ALIENS KIDNAP CHILDREN?

Lon Strickler looks into the matter.

Image courtesy Lon Strickler

WAS THIS A PICTURE OF NESSIE TAKEN IN 1934?

What do you make of this photograph?

now read on....

SASQUATCH SEARCH IN CANADA

It takes place at Harrison Hot Springs (British Columbia), a well-known Sasquatch stomping ground.

now read on.....

Thursday, 23 April 2015

ON THIS DAY IN WEIRD



On This Day in Weird, April 24...

1964: Witness Gary Wilcox reports a 10 a.m. UFO sighting in New York's Newark Valley. He describes an egg-shaped craft hovering above the ground, while two four-foot-tall humanoid beings dressed in silver-white clothing stand beneath it, addressing him in English.


MONSTERS OF DELAWARE

A look at cryptids said to be in this state.

Delaware Coat-of-Arms




now read on.....

HAVE HUMANS HYBRIDIZED WITH OTHER BEINGS?

Tanis Helliwell speaks on this subject.  She has also recently published a book on this theme.

now read on.....


MONSTER OF THE MINE

Neil Arnold tells of a reported monster in Washington in 1903.


now read on.....

THE KELPIE - DANGEROUS SCOTTISH CREATURE

The Kelpie of Scottish folklore looks like a horse, but if you get on its back, it will plunge into the water with you.  This link takes you to an extract from Karl Shuker's forthcoming book on Loch Ness.

LOCH NESS MONSTER AND SCIENTISTS

Scientists' opinions in days gone by.



now read on....
.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

ON THIS DAY IN WEIRD


On This Day in Weird, April 23...

2013: An early morning motorist reports seeing a "massive hairy creature" walking along Reliance Road in Middletown, Virginia.


DOES THE MAKARA EXIST?

Indian legends tell of this creature of the Indian Ocean with an elephant's head and a whale's body.

Makara Sculpture


now read on.....

BIZARRE CREATURE CAPTURED AND VIDEOED IN CHINA

What was this unidentified creature that locals say is a water ghost.

have a look.....

BIGFOOT IN NATIVE AMERICAN TRADITION

Traditional Indian accounts of hairy hominids.



now read on.....

LOCH MORAR MONSTER

An investigation into Morag, the lake monster of Loch Morar in Scotland.  This is part of a video recording.

Loch Morar


now read on....

BLUE APE OF THE NETHERLANDS

Another gem from Neil Arnold.

Map of Netherlands


now read on......

THE ERRORS OF DARREN NAISH

Darren Naish recants some of his former beliefs on cryptids.

now read on....

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

ON THIS DAY IN WEIRD


On This Day in Weird, April 22...


2011: A motorist driving through rural Suwannee County, Florida, claims a sighting of Bigfoot. As later reported to the Gulf Coast Bigfoot Researchers Organization, "I noticed a pair of yellow eyes in the fork of two trees and the eyes were at least 7'6" off the ground...I honked my horn twice to see if they were eyes or not and when I did the creature moved slowly from behind the tree and I could then see a glimpse of him from my truck light. He never ran, he just slowly walked away into the woods." Returning the next morning, the witness found a disemboweled deer at the same location.




GOOGLE LETS YOU EXPLORE LOCH NESS

Street View experience to let you see water above and below surface.

AUSTRALOPITHECUS HAND FOUND

Yes, it's the complete skeletal hand of an Australopithecus, found in South Africa.



now read on.....


WATER MONSTERS IN THE NETHERLANDS

Much of the Netherlands are below sea level and the land is protected by dykes.  It is therefore only reasonable to suspect that they are not lacking in water monsters.  Neil Arnold takes a look.




GIANTS IN EARLY AMERICA

Were they Denisovian hybrids?

Add caption


now read on.....

ZACHARY MANN'S CRYPTOTOUR

Zachary Mann is a valued contributor to this blogspot.  He has now decided to do a series of articles, a state-by-state guide to cryptids.  This should make a fascinating reference tool for all cryptozoologists.  In this article he outlines his plan.


  I love the Commonwealth of Virginia. It’s my home state, and the only place that I can ever have the privilege of calling my home. In my life time I have traveled far and wide across many states meeting wonderful people, beautiful places, and sharing new ideas with my fellow man. Yet, despite all of that, there is no place I’d rather live. And as it turns out, many of my fellow Virginians would agree with me. It’s rich in history and many of the USA’s most important events have happened here; the settling of Jamestown, the End of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars,  and we have had more US Presidents born here, than any other state by far.
However, not every place is perfect all of the time. One of the biggest ‘drawbacks’ if one could call it that, was growing up fascinated by Cryptozoology and yet feeling like I was so far away from everything. I mean, Scotland has Nessie, Nepal has the Yeti, and the Congo has Mokele Mbembe. Even here in America you have Champ in New York, Blue Dogs in Texas, and Sasquatch in the Pacific Northwest. As a child, I felt like I was missing out a lot. I suppose it would be like a child wanting to be an actor and growing up in the middle of rural Missouri and longing for the lights of New York or LA. Yet, now I realize that there are plenty of amazing things that are being reported everywhere, including my beloved Virginia. 

Zachary Mann (with sister)
You have to understand, growing up in a time before the widespread usage of the internet as well as the dozens of new shows on various cable networks featuring Cryptid and paranormal activities, you had relatively little to work with. Oh, yes, there were books, magazine articles, and occasional spots on TV, but they were always about the Loch Ness Monster or Bigfoot in California. Local articles did exist, though. As a young boy I remember my mother giving me an article she clipped out of the Richmond Times Dispatch, about sightings of a possible river monster in Virginia, I would later come to know this Cryptid by the name Chessie, as she was already being discussed by researchers far  my senior. I saved that article and keep it for years, but having moved three times since then I have  lost that small news clipping to time, but it shows how for decades people have been reporting strange things all over the place and the tradition still stands strong today.
I am happy to say that within the last decade a whole slew of works has come out relating to localized Cryptozoology. All across America, as well as the rest of the world, people are able to report, publish, and discuss the bizarre things that happen to them and their neighbors. This is one of the reasons why I first decided to contribute to this great Blog and organization. My first article, all the way back in December of 2013, was about alleged sightings of Bigfoot in my hometown. That’s right, hometown, not state. Places I’d passed by tens of thousands of times and where people I have known my whole have lived for decades before I was born had been seeing some occasionally strange things. Even I have had one rather puzzling sighting of a pair of extra-large, and so far unidentifiable, birds.
So that’s why I’m proud to announce a new venture I’ll be undertaking. I plan to ‘travel’ from state to state exploring local Cryptids and highlighting them in a series of articles. I’m going to dig through the archives of local newspapers as well as contemporary articles too. I know that whole books can, and have been, written about local Cryptids, but my goal is to give you a well-balanced taste of the unique flavors each state has to offer.

The point of this exploration is to show everyone out there that there are always weird and wonderful things going on all around you, to encourage people to come forward with their amazing experiences, and to show that the woods beside your house may not be as empty as you once thought. So I hope you’ll be ready to join me on this cross country road trip of America. We’ll take only the backroads, we’ll always make time to stop and explore every scenic spot, and try and uncover the truly mysterious side of the states of America. So I hope you’ll all join me on this this cross country voyage, we leave at dawn. First stop, my home state, Virginia.




ON THIS DAY IN WEIRD

On This Day in Weird, April 21...

2012: More "breaking news" from the Bigfoot "Sierra kills" fiasco and alleged Sasquatch killer Justin Smeja. For details, read on...

https://robertlindsay.wordpress.com/2012/04/22/bigfoot-news-april-21-2012/

Monday, 20 April 2015

UNUSUAL PENGUIN STORIES

True stories of these winsome birds.



now read on.....

BIZARRE CREATURE SIGHTING

An old but interesting story.

now read on.....

BIGFOOT AND BACKPACKER

Report from Colorado.

now read on.....

IT'S HARD TO FIND A BIGFOOT IN THE SNOW

Well, it is - but why?



now read on.....

CANNIBAL SLUGS INVADE KENT

The organization Slugwatch is watching.

SECRET BIGFOOT MEETING

My spies tell me that a secret bigfoot meeting is to be held next month, but as it's secret, its location seems to be unknown.  May I suggest that there is a fatal drawback in an arrangement such as this?  If people don't know where it is, how are they going to attend?  

I can only surmise it is a bigfoot meeting for some Inner Circle.  They know who they are.  They know where it is.  They are the cognescenti.

Will whatever conclusions the meeting reaches be secret too?  Who knows - that seems to be undivulged at present.  Further information and updates sent to this website will be gratefully received.

Ah, another soup├žon of information has come my way.  I am told the venue is in Pike County, Mississippi.

Bigfoot waiting patiently for further information.