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.

Monday, 22 May 2017

POSSIBLE GOATMAN ENCOUNTER

It happened in Texas.




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STRANGE CREATURES IN CHILE

They were reported in 2003, but what were they?

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INTERDIMENSIONAL PORTALS

Scientists (see depiction of one below) are at last beginning to take the possibility of coexisting dimensions seriously.  But is there any evidence for them?



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BIGFOOT IN TEXAS

Encounter in Davis Mountains, 1977.



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MAMELEU

This is a large serpent which dwells in the sea in the lore of Negros Island in the Philippines.  Its length is said to be 1800 feet.   It is not impossible that some huge monster lies behind this belief.  It is said to wail and to spit out green water.  The mameleu is supposed to be a cave dweller.  Its eyes are also said to be dangerous, shooting bolts of fire.  To add to all these endearing characteristics, it is said to be poisonous.


BATLIKE HUMANOIDS

Are these creatures the same as the Chicago Mothmen recently reported?

Image courtesy Lon Strickler


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ALLIGATOR FALL

While frog falls may be part of the bread and butter of Forteana, what do you make of an alligator plummeting from the sky?



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BIGFOOT ENCOUNTER FROM 2009

This Bigfoot used a stick as a tool.



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Sunday, 21 May 2017

LAKE DESMET MONSTER

There may be two of them.



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DO GIANT SLOTHS STILL EXIST?

It's not impossible.


Giant Sloth Skeleton
Giant Sloth


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DID BIGFOOT KILL CATTLE?

If not, what slaughtered them?



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NIGHT TIME DOGMAN ENCOUNTER

At first witness thought it was a bear.



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BOY TRANSFORMS INTO REPTILIAN

A very creepy story.

Image courtesy Lon Strickler.

DOG FINDS CAT IN RUBBLE

The cat was thought dead, but the dog found it alive.



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The above photograph is not the actual cat concerned.  We are very scrupulous about not infringing copyright and this led us not to reproduce the actual cat's picture.  The cat above is an embellishment, if you like.  We would add that we often follow this practice when we do not have a picture of the original animal or object.

IS BIGFOOT A FOUR STATES NATIVE?

Read this report and draw your own conclusion.



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ROBIN HOOD - FACT OR FICTION?

Did the outlaw of Sherwood and Barnsdale really exist?



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Saturday, 20 May 2017

DO ANIMALS HAVE ESP/TELEPATHY?

An interesting question.



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DEER MAN

Man with strange head reported from Oklahoma.

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REPTILIAN IN ARIZONA

Report of incident a couple of years ago.



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DOGMAN IN GERMANY

Incident in 1972.



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WEREWOLF OF TEXAS

Was it a werewolf or a dogman?



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DOES STATE TROOPER TALK TO BIGFOOT?

This story is certainly interesting.



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MILITARY AND CRYPTOZOOLOGY

Has there been military interaction with cryptids?



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DID THIS WOMAN LEAVE HER BODY?

Can out of the body experiences occur?

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Friday, 19 May 2017

LANCASHIRE FAIRIES

A look at fairy lore in the north of England.



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BIOLOGY OF THE SASQUATCH

Attempt to construct a possible biology for Bigfoot.



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SASQUATCH IN MONTANA

Account of encounter with female sasquatch.



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IS THIS A PICTURE OF A GUARDIAN ANGEL?

This was taken by a little boy with Down syndrome.

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TYRANNOMYRMEX ANT

This ant had been known to exist, but a living specimen has been found for the first time.

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IS THIS A BIGFOOT MARKER?

Report from Bigfoot Ridge.



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SKUNK APE IN FLORIDA

Search in Colt Creek.



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DON'T KISS RATTLESNAKES

Why not? I hear you ask.  Some people are unbelievably ....  er  ....unbelievable.



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BLACK-EYED KIDS

Another weird episode.

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WEIRD CREATURE OF MEXICO

And this one is really weird.  An illustration accompanies the article.

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Thursday, 18 May 2017

CZECH CRYPTOZOOLOGIST

The Prague Post Magazine takes a look at Ivan Mackerle.

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CAN COW-HUMAN HYBRIDS OCCUR?

I doubt it, but I am prepared to pass on possible reports.

Doubt it, do you?


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ONLINE BIOLOGY DICTIONARY

If you find biological terms something of a puzzle, go to this dictionary for elucidation.

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EARLY SEA MONSTER ACCOUNTS

These are taken from the works of 16th/17th Century zoologists.



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IN THE SAUNA

The Russians have a kind of sauna they refer to as a bathhouse.  They believe that it is occupied by a strange creature called the bannik.



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SUCURUJU GIGANTE

South American Indians believe in the existence of a huge snake, to which this name is given.  Its existence has never been validated by zoologists, but that doesn't mean in doesn't exist.  Evidence for it is not lacking.  For example, in 1922 a Father Heinz claimed he saw a snake 80 foot long in the Amazon.  He sighted another at the mouth of the Piaba in 1929.  However, this was surpassed by P. Tarvallo in 1948, who claimed he saw a snake 150 foot long.  In the same year, a snake was allegedly killed by machine-gun fire and said to be 115 feet in length.  Michael Newton in his Encyclopedia of Cryptozoology cites two further incidents in 1930.   A suggestion that it might be a descendant of the prehistoric Gigantophis should be treated with caution.




BIGFOOT IN OKLAHOMA?

Is this evidence of the Hairy One?



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MEN IN BLACK INCIDENT

Another report of these enigmatic figures.



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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

ARE SABERTOOTH CATS REALLY EXTINCT?

A look at this interesting question.




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CAPE BRETON ISLAND FAIRIES

20-minute video report.



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Note: Report is in English.

BIGFOOT IN CALIFORNIA

One woman's encounter.



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UFOs OVER OREGON

A fleet reported over Florence.



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STRANGE STORY OF MOUNT SHASTA

This is the quite well-known incident of J.C. Brown.

Mount Shasta


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BIGFOOT SIGHTING IN ILLINOIS

It allegedly happened last year.

DID BIGFOOT ATTEMPT RAPE?

A hunter's experience.



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CRYPTID ARTWORK

The painter specializes in cryptids.  Samples of his artwork are included in the article.

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

The Laurel Highlands Paranormal and Horror Fest

Greetings from America, and salutations to our fellow explorers into the world of the paranormal and the anomalous. In my first few blogs I have necessarily decided that I would cover the various paranormal conferences throughout the US simply because I am in that circuit. Last week we reviewed the soggy and bitter chill of the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Camping Weekend. This week, we shall stay in my home state and review the premiere of another conference.
Sponsored by the Ligonier Valley Writers, this rather ambitious conference was the first of its kind in Western Pennsylvania. It was a full day of speakers and featured two stars of the paranormal lecture circuit-- John Ventre and Stan Gordon, the latter being a staple of any paranormal gathering in the tri-state area. Although there was no lack of planning, the venue, a volunteer fire hall, was a bit off the beaten path and, owing to the fact that its very existence was debated on most GPS systems, one nearly needed a requisite Indian guide to find the place. The conference started off with only four paid attendees, but the day ended with nearly nineteen in the audience. I must also point out that the $20 admission fee was a bit steep for a first time event, and the five vendors in attendance-- of which I was one-- did quite poorly in sales.




My first conference selfie.


Okay, enough complaining. Let us get into the meat and potatoes of the damn thing, shall we?





Ed Kelemen opens the show


The schedule opened up with Ed Kelemen. Ed is a rather prolific writer of paranormal events, folklore, and documents sightings of the strange. Ed spoke on the general platform of haunts, what exactly is a haunting, looked at folklore, and even examined several hoaxes. He has a rather down-home approach to story telling which is engaging but there was no true scholarship involved in his presentation. His talk would have been more appropriate huddled around a Halloween bonfire than at a conference, but alas that is how the day commenced.




Beverly LaGorga

Next to speak was Beverly LaGorga, a psychic-medium who spoke about her abilities and having to deal with her gifts ever since she was a child. The book she co-authored, Entitled "We Don't Talk About Such Things" was the primary focus of her lecture. She obviously was rather new to the public speaking field, but in the end she was engaging. Again, nothing of note to further the field of Fortean studies, but an interesting talk about mediumship.



John Ventre

There were several authors who spoke on the art of horror writing. It was interesting from the standpoint of an author, but the inclusion of these artists truly disrupted the day. The needed flow was diverted and the few in attendance seemed bored. Believe me, Sheldon Higdon, a very imaginative author, gave some great advice on writing. However, there were no writers in the 6 people who listened to his lecture. Stephanie Wytovich, a horror poetry writer, read some of her works, but again she was under appreciated by those listening. But John Ventre really enlivened the conference like a jolt of caffeine.

John is a multi-state director for the Mutual UFO Network. He is also well-known in the media wold. His show, Hangar 18, had a viewership on the History Channel of nearly 2 million people. He also has appeared on Anderson Cooper. This day John spoke about his haunted life and his involvement with demonic attachment.
John contends that the Greys are in actuality demon, more specifically fallen angels. He also contended that the space craft often seen are merely implanted memories by these entities. John spoke for nearly two hours, and left the audience intrigued. He never ventured into the idea of the Goblin Universe, a field I am utterly bewitched with, but he was the highlight of this particular conference.



Stan Gordon


The crowd favourite, Stan Gordon, spoke about the Kecksburg UFO crash that occurred in the bucolic setting of farmlands in rural Western Pennsylvania in the 1960s as well as speaking about Bigfoot and other cryptids. He has been doing conferences for over 40 years, so his presentation is precise and flows smoothly. He answered questions and intelligently engaged the audience.

So my friends, this was, in a nutshell, the first ever Laurel Highlands Paranormal and Horror Fest. It was indeed disjointed. The multimedia presentations were shoddy due to equipment failure, It was poorly attended. But it was a paranormal conference. And thanks to Stan Gordon and John Ventre, this little gather did explore questions. Questions to which we all seek the answers.

Talk soon my friends.

DINOSAURS IN NEW GUINEA

Reports exist of such animals.



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A LOOK AT MYSTERY PRIMATES

Including apes and lemurs.  Includes some discussion of hybridization.



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TRANSLUCENT WORM IN CZECH REPUBLIC

What was this creature in Prague?

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CHUPACABRA IN HONDURAS

Is this creature active in Central America?



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WATCHED BY BIGFOOT

Was this a watching Bigfoot?



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