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 26 January 2014


On This Day in Weird, January 26...

66: Fifth recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet.

1920: Paranormal researcher and author Hans Holzer, best known for his "Amityville Horror" investigation, born in Vienna, Austria.

1973: Three members of the McGregor family watch a white-haired Sasquatch 8.5 feet tall cross a yard and pass through an unfinished house at Island Lake, Minn.

1974: Several witnesses claim a Bigfoot sighting at Aurora, Ill.

1975: Two truckers report Bigfoot walking along Illinois Highway 149 in Jackson County.

1976: Japanese whalers retrieve a single giant squid tentacle from the stomach of a sperm whale harpooned in the Northwest Pacific, at 36°39′N 141°51′E.

1996: Sarah Spiers, 18, vanishes after leaving a nightclub in downtown Claremont, Western Australia, the presumed first victim of a still-unidentified serial killer.

2004: A beached sperm whale explodes in the harbor at Tainan, Taiwan.

2009: A merchant ship sights the sailboat Lunatic, apparently abandoned, 20 days after its owner—72-year-old Slovenian sailor Jure ┼áterk—broke radio contact on his latest trip around the world. A research vessel finds the Lunatic adrift on April 30.

2013: French cryptozoologist and Bernard Heuvelmans biographer Jean-Jacques Barloy dies in his sleep at age 74.

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