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.

Monday 25 August 2014


A couple of days ago, I mentioned the adventures of Shane Dunphy, searching for the dobharchú on Omey Island off the Irish coast.  He shared another experience with me, which will, I trust, be of interest.

He was driving along one day through the Irish countryside when his attention was distracted by a herd of cows in a field.  Near them was a large dog which bore some resemblance to an Afghan hound.  The problem with the dog was that it was too large, much too big in proportion to the cattle.

Asking a local later what he might have seen, the latter at once suggested it was the púca (anglicized pooka), a creature of Irish folklore.  The púca is a shapeshifter and can supposedly assume a variety of forms.  It is particularly well known for making appearances as a horse which breathes blue flames.

Was this huge dog a paranormal creature.  If not, what was it?

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