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.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016


In 19th Century America, a couple of newspapers featured stories about flying crocodiles.  One suspects these were some of the newspaper hoaxes that tended to proliferate in those days.  Certainly, the animals described seem most unlikely from a physiological point of view.  There is the possibility, I suppose, that they represent unknown flying reptiles discerned in the distance.  One report said that in 1882 lumberjacks in California looked upwards to see a flying crocodile with three pairs of legs and six of wings.  (Don't they call lumberjacks 'tree fellers' in California anyway?).  In 1891 two similar creatures were reported in Fresno. What are we to make of these?  I know of no other such reports.

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