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 29 September 2014


That is a digitally  enhanced photograph of the Dobharchu, a monster said to be found in lakes in Ireland and off the Irish coast.  Sean Corcoran, an Irish artist, made the above digitalized picture of it after he had seen it in Fahy Lough on Omey Island, off the Galway coast.

Tomorrow, I hit the trail for Omey Island with a Canadian television team which is making documentaries about monsters.  Therefore, I will not be making contributions to this website until Friday.  I know this is probably a source of considerable disappointment to all those readers out there who hang on my every word, but I will give you all the details when I get back.

If you want to know more about the Dobharchu, there are a couple of articles on the subject on the website.  You will also find information on this creature in Mystery Animals of Ireland by Gary Cunningham and me.

Yes, that's it up there.  Handsome little tome, isn't it?

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