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.

Friday 20 February 2015


The creature you see above is a Harpy.  They come from Greek mythology and are not of pleasant disposition.

The story goes that Phineas, a blind king, who lived somewhere on the northern coast of Turkey.  He was cursed by Zeus.  Every day, a sumptuous meal was set out before him, but whatever was on the table the Harpies, two in number, turned up and gobbled.  Happily, the Argo was sailing by and they drove the Harpies off.

Does any real animal lie behind the Harpy legend?  The Hoopoe has been suggested, though I suspect human imagination is just as good a guess

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