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.

Sunday, 24 May 2020

ANTAMBA OF MADAGASCAR

Is it a species of fossa?




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PYGMY HIPPO BORN AT SAN DIEGO ZOO

The pygmy hippo is an endangered species.

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FOLKLORE OF THE HARE

This creature, perhaps because of its leaping activity, has attracted folk beliefs.



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ENCOUNTERS WITH STICKMEN

A very mysterious phenomenon.




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WAS THIS A YETI?

What was walking on the roof?



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PIGMAN OF CANNOCK CHASE

Cannock Chase is one of England's most anomalous spots.




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BIGFOOT SIGHTING REPORT

Olympia Peninsula man gives account of creature.



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CRYPTID CANID IN BRAZIL

It was thought to be a werewolf.



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Saturday, 23 May 2020

CHILDREN RAISED BY OR WITH ANIMALS

Some harrowing stories here.  Can feral children tell us anything about human psychology?

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PARACRYPTOZOOLOGY

Where the paranormal and cryptozoology meet.

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CALCHONA AND MACHUCHO

Strange South American creatures.

Image courtesy Austin Whittall


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GIANT ETHIOPIAN LIZARD

This beast was described to Adrian Conan Doyle by a witness.

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HORSESHOE POND SEA SERPENT

Reported in 1892 from a lake in Indiana.



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HEAVY RAINFALL AND BIGFOOT SIGHTINGS

Does one influence the other?



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CRYPTIDS - RUMOR OR REALITY?

Do they really exist?



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WHAT ARE THESE MOSS BALLS?

They can move about in a coordinated manner.

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STRANGE LIGHTS OVER CALIFORNIA

What are we to make of them?


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FIRST CROP CIRCLE OF 2020

Found in Italy.

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GLIMMER MAN IN BEDROOM

Former military policeman underwent scary experience.

Item courtesy Lon Strickler


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Friday, 22 May 2020

MASTERTON MONSTER

Unknown creature from New Zealand.

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RAUDKEMBINGUR

Legendary whale of Iceland.

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GRAND BANK SEA MONSTER

A sea monster or sea serpent reported off the Newfoundland coast in 1913.  The sighting was made from a ship called the Corinthian.  It had liquid blue eyes and a 20' long giraffe-like neck.  Its head was surmounted by 3 fins resembling horns.


11 LEGENDARY CREATURES OF OHIO

Watch out for them.



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NEW COBRA SPECIES DISCOVERED

In the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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BIGFOOT: 1964 SIGHTING

This one was 10' tall.

Image courtesy Lon Strickler


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NOW THIS IS SYMBIOSIS

Tarantula and frog in alliance.

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KIGUTILIK

Bizarre monster in Inuit lore.

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SALAMANDER PANDEMIC LOOMING

It should break out in North America.



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GREEN-EYED BIPED

It was watching a hunter.


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Thursday, 21 May 2020

PACK OF TRAINED DOGS PROTECTS RHINOS

They save 45 from poachers.

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SOUTH AMERICAN DINOSAURS

Are there still dinosaurs in South America?




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XUANGUI: STRANGE TURTLE

A turtle of Chinese lore with a birdlike head.

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FIREBIRD - RUSSIAN LEGENDARY CREATURE

This is a famous creature in the legendry of Russia.



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Another article on the Firebird.

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TIKIS RIVER MONSTERS

Creatures from the Philippines.



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ASTONISHING EPISODE IN CALIFORNIA

The Casa Blanca creatures.  This episode almost defies description.  It seems far too complex to be a hoax.

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BIGFOOT IN TEXAS

Report from 2016.



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WAS THIS A BIGFOOT?

A daylight sighting....of something.



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LEGS OF TYRANNOSAURUS REX

They were made for walking.  The creatures could barely run.



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SOCIAL DISTANCING SKUNK APE

A way of ensuring social distancing in Gatorland, Orlando.



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SKITINI - SEMINOLE MONSTER

A shapeshifting creature in Seminole belief.

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Wednesday, 20 May 2020

MONSTROUS WORM

The Robert Ellis, a small ship was making its way from the Welsh island of Anglesey to the shore in 1805 when a huge worm from the sea managed to wriggle aboard and established itself on the deck, coiled up under the mast.  The sailors summoned up their courage and managed to push it overboard, but it followed the ship for some time.

As a matter of interest, the Giant Gippsland Worm of Australia reaches a length exceeding 3'.  A similar length was reported for America's Giant Palouse Earthworm, but this may be extinct.  However, we have the impression that the worm mentioned above was very much greater.

ENCANTADO

A kind of dolphin in South American folklore that can change itself into a human.  Although it doesn't say so in the linked article, encantados are supposed to be good at playing the saxophone.  If a local girl becomes pregnant and says the father is the encantado, she will not be blamed, as he is believed to be able to control them.

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IJIRAQ - CREATURE OF INUIT LEGEND

It can look like a caribou - but it isn't one.



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WHAT ARE NATURE SPIRITS?

The writer of this article claims lots of experiences with otherworldly folk.



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DID NASA FIND PARALLEL UNIVERSE?

The possibility of parallel universes is of interest to the cryptozoologist as it may explain where certain cryptids come from.

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BIGFOOT AT AMERICAN FLATS

Detailed report of large gray Bigfoot.





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DELAWARE DEATH DOG

Sighted on May 11th in Sussex County.

WHISTLING DISFIGURED HUMANOID

Encounter in Pennsylvania.  The creature was estimated at being 8' to 9' tall.

Image courtesy Lon Strickler


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Tuesday, 19 May 2020

CHIPEKWE - AFRICAN MONSTER

It's supposed to be able to kill an hippopotamus.

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UNDERGROUND MONSTERS

Nick Redfern wonders if they're down there.

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TEN GOATMAN SIGHTINGS

The Goatman legend is quite widespread, but how can such things be?




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BLONDE HUMANOID UFONAUTS

From declassified Brazilian air force documents.




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OGOPOGO AND CRAYFISH

Is Ogopogo merely a large one.



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BIGFOOT NEAR KANSAS CITY

Reported from Wyandotte County.



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BIZARRE SHARK SPECIES

Two new species discovered.

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THE STOA AND KURUPIRA

Reminiscent of Conan Doyle's The Lost World.  A huge rumored  bipedal reptile.



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REDFERN ON RENDLESHAM

He has a new theory about the possible UFO encounter.

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WHITE CRAWLER HUMANOID

Encountered on former Virginia battlefield.

Image courtesy Lon Strickler


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Monday, 18 May 2020

PRINCE MARKO AND HIS FLYING HORSE

Prince Marko was a hero of the Balkans to whom a great many legends have accrued - including that of his flying horse, Ĺ arac.  Marko himself was historical.  He died in 1395.  Yet this did not stop him acquiring such a legendary steed.



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GROUNDHOGS ON FEBRUARY 2ND

Why do they really emerge on that day?




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FOLKLORE OF THE BEE

What do traditional beliefs have to say about the Bee?

BABA YAGA

The hag of Slavic mythology.  We've featured her before, but this is a lengthy article.



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FLYING RODS - A REALITY?

Are these really animals?

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WHAT WAS THIS THING?

They were looking for Dogman, but found something else.  YouTube video.

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DOGMAN, BIGFOOT OR WHAT?

YouTube video.



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HIPPO RAISED BY HUMANS

And it still visits them.



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IELTXU - FIRE-BREATHING BIRD

A creature of Basque legend.

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STRANGE BEINGS VISIT NAVAJO WOMAN

What were they?

Image courtesy Lon Strickler


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Sunday, 17 May 2020

CHENA RIVER MONSTER

Was it really a monster?



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ZAMBA ZARAA OF MONGOLIA

It looks like a hedgehog and can inflate itself.

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BIGFOOT RIGHT OFF THE ROAD

Or, a driver's surprise.



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GIANT SNAKES IN THE DESERT

Beware the dread taguerga.



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HAIETLIK - LIGHTNING CONNECTED SEA MONSTER

Sea monster of Kwakiutl lore.



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SWAMP LEGENDS

Features the Rougarou and Honey Island Monster.



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WHITE BIGFOOT

Sighting from 2005.

OZARK HOWLER

A Youtube look at this creature.

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BLACK-GARBED MILITARY

They appear after UFO sighting.

Image courtesy Lon Strickler


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Saturday, 16 May 2020

FOSSILS - YE EDITOR SPEAKS

A common skeptical argument put forward is that such and such a cryptid could not exist because either

                        (a) it is absent from the fossil record or
                        (b) the fossil record shows it became extinct 2 
                             zillion years ago.

Neither of these arguments is conclusive.  It is extremely difficult for an animal to become fossilized and this means that the proportion of animals that have done so is sparse when compared with the number of animals that have  trodden on this planet.  Thus animals completely unrepresented in the fossil record may once have frolicked about and animals that have not been found in the fossil record for millions of years may well have continued to exist until the present day.

Whether cryptids exist or not, the fossil record cannot be adduced in favor of their non-existence.

So there!

A LOOK AT THE GRIFFIN

One of the most famous legendary animals.



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