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.

Wednesday 19 March 2014


This exceedingly strange sea creature is of the kind one might expect to discover among the pages of one of Hugh Lofting's Dr Dolittle books.  It seems to have been seen only once and that was in the 16th Century in the Baltic Sea.  For those not well-up in geography, that's the one that stretches from Russia to Denmark.

However, I doubt that this creature was really a snail, however much it may have resembled one.  Its eyes were on either side of its head and it had small paws.  Now, a snail is a gastropod, which means its foot and stomach are one or, if you prefer, its stomach is used as a foot.  Self-respecting snails do not have paws.  Nonetheless, we don't know just what it was.  I know of no further sightings so, just in case you are a French restauranteur thinking "Here would be a magnificent source of escargot," don't get your hopes up.

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