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 18 May 2014


A specimen of a strange catfish (Kryptoglasius shajii) has been found in India.  Its strange, bony face has defied classification by zoologists.  They have known of this creature's existence, but it was not until 2011 that they realized it was a new species.  It has oddly shaped bones not found in any other known fish.  Its jaw has a bulldog shape and is endowed with four rows of teeth.

Despite this rather ferocious-sounding description, the fish is only tiny.  Because it dwells in subterranean waters, very little has been discovered about it.  With regard to its place in the fishy kingdom, scientists are still scratching puzzled heads.  (Their own, not those of surprised passers-by).

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