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.

Friday, 13 December 2019

WAS THIS MOTHMAN?

If not, what was it?

VOUIVRE - DRAGON OF FRANCE

A serpentine creature with a carbuncle or diamond in its forehead.



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WOLF WOMAN OF MOBILE

What was this strange creature?

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ARTICLES ON 9 MONSTERS/CRYPTIDS

Includes:

Cornfield Creature
Forest Cryptid
Primehook Swamp Creature
Florida Sea Monster Kitsune
Mothman
Invisible Sprinting Humanoids
Red-Eyed Roadside Creature
Bizarre Australian Creature

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RUSSIAN BIGFOOT HIT BY CAR

The Bigfoot in the recent Russian film was running because it had been hit by a car and was chasing it, according to cryptozoologist Igor Burtsev.



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SVALBARD REINDEER POPULATION INCREASES

It had looked like it was going extinct.

GRANDMOTHER ORCAS

When past breeding, they help ensure survival of their grandchildren.



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HUMANOID OWL-LIKE CREATURE

Reported from Illinois.

Image courtesy Lon Strickler


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Thursday, 12 December 2019

REINDEER MYTHS AND LEGENDS

See legends associated with the reindeer of northern climes.



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SCARY BEINGS AT CHRISTMAS

A selection of monstrous beings in Christmas folklore.

Krampus


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AMBIZE

A very strange monster said to be found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Another article on this subject.

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MOKELE-MBEMBE

A rather skeptical article by Darren Naish.




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NEW SALAMANDER DISCOVERED

It's in Florida.

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STARRY NIGHT TOAD REDISCOVERED

They thought it was extinct for 30 years.

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WINGED CREATURES OVER CHILE

Seen in the skies of Santiago.

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SIGHTINGS OF THE MOA

New Zealand's supposedly extinct bird.



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SAVE THE WOLVES

A plea for wolves, which have an undeservedly nasty reputation.  (Video)




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NEWLY DISCOVERED WIDOW SPIDER

It lays purple eggs.



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BIBLICAL DINOSAURS?

Are these animals dinosaurs?



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DOGMAN IN COLORADO

An upright canid is reported.



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Wednesday, 11 December 2019

NEW SPIDER DISCOVERED

Its bite rots human flesh.



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DOES THE RAKE REALLY EXIST?

It's supposedly fictitious - but is it?  Was it a creature that was always there and some unknown element caused it to be reimagined?



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LOCH NESS MONSTER: CLASSIC SIGHTINGS

For those with a monstrous interest.



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PLESIOSAUR SIGHTING?

In the 1950s from the air.



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PIASA NOT A BIRD

Allison Jornlin writes on this famous creature.



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VILLAGE OF THE MICE

Man builds mouse village in his garden.

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NAOMI'S WEREWOLF DREAM

Naomi West, prominent member of the CFZ, had the following curious dream.

Dream last night: society had fallen into an apocalyptic state of disarray. Electricity was out and businesses were closed. I was at the local gym and desperately needed a shower. Problem was, I had a really furry butt. For some reason, I had grown a carpet of animal-like fur on my backside. And I found this more devastating than the post-apocalyptic state of the world.
There were two young men at the gym near the showers, so I was hesitant to disrobe - not because they were male but because of my furry butt. I noticed that they appeared to be nerds, so I got the idea that I could distract them in this way: I told them that my ancestors were werewolves. One of them replied that I wasn’t hairy enough to have descended from a werewolf. I pulled my pants partway down one side and showed them the fur. They nodded in realization, and were now too sidetracked by the topic of werewolves to make fun of my appearance.
Those are all the details I remember.


KEN GERHARD'S NEW BIGFOOT BOOK

A promo video.



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IS IT BIGFOOT?

Mystery creature in woods.



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CHASED BY WHITE BIGFOOT

Incident in Missouri.



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RED RIDING HOOD - THE OTHER VERSION

Many of us are familiar with the story of Red Riding Hood and the Wolf.  This story was given to the Brothers Grimm by Marie von Hassenpflug.  What many people do not know, however, is that she gave them a second version.

In this, Red Riding Hood, bearing a cake beneath her smock for Grandma, is told to keep to the forest path.  You'll never guess what accosted her - a Wolf.

"What have you under your dress?" asked the Wolf, with an expression he would never have dared to assume in a street with people around.  (Interpret that as you will.)

"A cake for my Grandma," Red Riding Hood replied.

The Wolf has every intention of making a beeline for Grandma's cottage and having a tasty repast of two humans and a cake.  But Red Riding Hood gets there first and warns Grandma, who looks the place up.  The Wolf, unable to get in, eventually goes up on the roof, looking for a convenient point of entrance.

Grandma, however, has been cooking sausages and the aroma of sausage lingers in the water in which she cooked them.  The door is opened and the water placed in a trough just outside.

The Wolf is nearly overcome by the delicious smlee that wafts upward and leans over further and further to inhale.  Then he falls off the roof into the trough and drowns.

This version of the story is little known.

Another version is told by Perrault, but, in that one, the Wolf eats the Grandmother and Red Riding Hood. Who said all fairytales had persons living happily ever after?


Tuesday, 10 December 2019

BREMEN TROLL BRIDGE

Does a troll live in Indiana?



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WAS BIGFOOT SHOT IN CHEST?

Was there a military cover-up?



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IS THIS A BIGFOOT SKULL?

Discovered in Australia.  (Video)



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WAS THIS AN ALIEN CRAFT?

Story from Japan in 1803.



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MAZZAMURIELLO - ITALIAN ELF

There are many names for otherworldly creatures in Italy.

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ENCOUNTERS WITH DEER MEN

What exactly are they?  They're not wendigos - wendigos don't have antlers.




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SWEATERS FOR PENGUINS

I'm sure they can use them.



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MONTAUK PROJECT

A look at the place that inspired Stranger Things.  Also features an article about the JFK assassination, asking if there was a second Lee Harvey Oswald.

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BLACK-EYED KIDS INCIDENT

It happened in Washington state.

Image courtesy Lon Strickler


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Monday, 9 December 2019

COULD FAIRIES EXIST?



Do fairies - in the widest possible sense - exist?  A look at this volume may convince you that, despite everything you've been told, they might!


CAPE SABLE ISLAND SEA MONSTER

It was reported in 1976.  Witness Eisner Penny said it was 70'-80' long.  It was bigger than any creature he had ever seen.  Two days later a man named Wickerson described the creature as horrible.  The article to which this is linked contains a sketch of the creature.

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QUADRUPEDAL HUMANOID

A short account.

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CRYPTIDS OF MAINE

The Maine Mystery Dog and the Spectral Moose.

Flag of Maine


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BIGFOOT STALKS HIKERS

A danger not usually associated with hiking.



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JOLASVEINAR - ICELANDIC CHRISTMAS DWARFS

Creatures from Icelandic folklore.



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TROLLS, TOMMYKNOCKERS, GARGOYLES

Three creatures in folklore.



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HOW TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE

Plant trees!



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HUNT FOR THE DWAYYO

A hunt for an unknown creature 50 years ago.

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Sunday, 8 December 2019

LEGENDARY SAAMI (LAPP) REINDEER

A look at the legendary Meandash.



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CHRISTMAS ELVES

A look at their origins.



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RUSSIAN BIGFOOT CHASES CAR

YouTube video.



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BURRONJOR - DINOSAUR IN AUSTRALIA?

YouTube video.



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EMELA NTOUKA - NEW EVIDENCE

A large and well-known cryptid of Africa.



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ROMANIAN BEARS IN DANGER

But legal loophole against trophy hunting has been blocked.



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WHAT CAUSED NEANDERTHAL EXTINCTION?

Small, inbred population?



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HOW DO YOU AVOID BED BUGS?

And no, the answer isn't "Sleep on the floor".

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