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.

Saturday 30 March 2019


One of the most curious lake monsters in Ireland, not fitting in to any category, is that of Lough Dubh.  Its name means the Black Lake.  The word dubh is pronounced duv.  In fact, in 1961 a number of animals had been reported in the lake.  These were one large and two smaller creatures.  Now it happened that a schoolmaster named Mullaney and his soon went fishing there.  Something took the bait and arose out of the water.  It was a quite unrecognizable annimal, the size of a cow or a donkey.  It had a head like that of an hippopotamus, with a white pointed horn on its snout.  The animal tried to clamber onto the land and the Mullaneys understandably took off.  What this creature could have been is anyone's guess.  Lake monster savant Gary Cunningham tentatively suggested a walrus with a tusk turned out of place.  However, nothing can be said about this strange creature with any certainty.

Lough Dubh

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