Zoologist, media consultant, and science writer, Dr Karl Shuker is also one of the best known cryptozoologists in the world. Author of such seminal works as Mystery Cats of the World (1989), The Lost Ark: New and Rediscovered Animals of the 20th Century (1993; greatly expanded in 2012 as The Encyclopaedia of New and Rediscovered Animals), In Search of Prehistoric Survivors (1995), and more recently Extraordinary Animals Revisited (2007), Dr Shuker's Casebook (2008), Karl Shuker's Alien Zoo: From the Pages of Fortean Times (2010), Cats of Magic, Mythology, and Mystery (2012), and Mirabilis: A Carnival of Cryptozoology and Unnatural History (2013), his many fans have been badgering him to join the blogosphere for years. The CFZ Blog Network is proud to have finally persuaded him to do so.

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Saturday, 21 May 2011


During the past week, I've posted on Facebook an album of truly incredible Photoshopped animal hybrids encountered by me online, and which have attracted enormous interest (click here to view the entire album of over 90 extraordinary CGI crossbreeds). Consequently, I've decided to share some of my particular favourites, and my comments concerning them, with you now on ShukerNature. Our planet is surely a sadder place for lacking these extraordinary creatures! Happily, however, thanks to the wonderful world of worth1000.com and various other superb websites - their (un)natural habitats - they add diversity and delight in equal measure to the surrealiverse of cyberspace. So here, in no particular order, for your amusement and astonishment, are my Top Twenty Photoshopped fauna.

Beware the Hippocrab, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!

(With apologies to Lewis Carroll!)

Everyone has seen caterpillars, so now - behold, the tigerpillar!

Of course-eros!

I don't care what all the other dragons do, you're too young to smoke!

The octophant is a curious fellow,
Beneath the waves he glows bright yellow!

How doth the little parrodile
Improve his feathered tail,
And pour the waters of the Nile
On every pea-green scale.

How cheerfully he seems to cough,
How neatly spreads his claws,
Then bites his owner's fingers off
With wide voracious jaws!

(With more apologies to Lewis Carroll!)

Meet the friglet - the love child of Kermit and Miss Piggy?

Trunko lives!! (Not really)

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the lily pond!
Here's the frogillator - or could it be a croakodile?

Haven't you ever seen fruit bats before?!!

Jurassic Park was never like this - it's a Rhinoceratops!

I always wondered what the Everly Brothers' song 'Bird Dog' was all about - now I know!

When the lorikeets are away, the mice - and cats - will play!
Who are pretty boys, then?

You lookin' at me?

The pitbull frog - its croak is worse than its bite!

Punkaburra lives in an old gum tree,
Merry merry punk of the bush is he.

For some things, there are simply no words - and this is one of them!

Hop to it! - It's the hippofrogamus!

A roaring success? A dande-lion clock from Planet Photoshop

I'll never touch another drop, ever again!!


  1. What marvelous creations.

  2. Pure Brilliance! Love them!