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What’s Your CZ IQ?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 23rd, 2007

Can you identify this mystery fish found on an old postcard?

Mystery Fish

(Click on this image shared by Phyllis Mancz to see full size version.)

I know, I know. The above photo is still a mystery, but how about some easier questions?

What’s your Cryptozoology IQ? Okay, a couple questions are about aliens, but, overall, this is a good quick automated quiz to see how you rate.

Take the short quiz on the site here.

How did you do? (BTW, I will delete your comment if you give away any answers. That is just no fun for anyone else coming after you.)

I got a perfect 10 out of 10, but then, if I didn’t, I figure I won’t deserve to be your tour guide on your journey into the cryptozoological world here at Cryptomundo. LOL.

Meanwhile, this one is still a mystery:

Mystery Fish Enhanced

(Click on image to see full size version, enhanced by shockbeton)

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

58 Responses to “What’s Your CZ IQ?”

  1. DWA responds:

    I got 9 out of 10. I’m a little embarrassed.

    3 out of 10 would have made me happy. I Know Too Much. 😀

  2. Ceroill responds:

    8 out of 10! Woohoo!

  3. dstageberg responds:

    10 out of 10…I need a life

  4. greenmartian2007 responds:

    I got a 10/10..

    However…I am very good at taking multiple choice tests. Took many of these while at University.

    So I think that if one wants a truer testing of knowledge of cryptozoology, is have a 50 question multiple choice, and that might have some more validity. 10 doesn’t quite do it.

  5. mystery_man responds:

    Got 9 out of 10. Number 10 threw me.

  6. Loren Coleman responds:

    Yes, a longer test would logically be a more valid indicator. Of course, who has the time? And their software was already in place with these ten. :-)

    I might take the questions used in my FAQ survey, pick out the best ones, and develop a good 100 multiple choice test. The answers, formatted with an elaboration of the correct ones, would serve two purposes – a quiz and a set of frequently asked questions answered!

  7. mike_m responds:

    I got a 10/10. Being an armchair cryptozoologist has it’s advantages.


  8. elsanto responds:

    A humiliating 8 out of 10. I submit that UFOlogy and Cryptozoology are separate disciplines and the two questions I buggered ought not to have been there in the first place.

    Just my two cents.

  9. loyalfromlondon responds:


    Not to say I don’t know as much about ufology as I do cryptozoology but I second guessed myself and picked the wrong name.

    Do I lose my nerd privileges now?

  10. Loren Coleman responds:

    I agree with a growing trend here. Ufological questions have no place in a cryptozoology quiz.

  11. kittenz responds:

    Boo – I got 9.

  12. mystery_man responds:

    Right, Loren. I thought the same thing. I felt the one about UFOs was a little odd on a cryptozoology test. Trick question!

  13. captiannemo responds:

    I got eight out of ten

  14. jchip responds:

    10 out of 10. I agree, ufology is a different subject than cryptozoology and doesn’t belong on that quiz

  15. joppa responds:


    I gave up on UFOolgy some years ago and don’t mix the two – sort of like mixing cheap warm beer (UFOs) with a fine Scotch ( Nessie , et al ).

  16. fuzzy responds:

    10 of 10 ~ Piece of pie!

  17. dasicone responds:

    Well, I got a 9/10, but I will agree on two points stated above. Ufology has no business being in a cryptozoological test. The other point is the one stated by captainnemo. Bigfoot and sasquatch have been associated with ufo sightings. So there are actually 3 answers to that question.

  18. BugMO responds:

    10 out of 10. and I don’t know that much about UFO.

  19. Wolferun responds:

    I got a 10 out of 10.

  20. fuzzy responds:

    This Trivia Quiz is entitled: “Monsters And Other Wild Creatures”, so I think alien questions are acceptable in that vein.

  21. Wolferun responds:

    10 out of 10.

  22. ladd responds:

    9/10. I like your idea of using selected questions from your FAQ survey for a more elaborate and challenging quiz.

  23. kidquid responds:

    10/10 – but I pretty much guessed on the last one.

  24. Beachdaddy03 responds:

    10 out of 10.

  25. hlw responds:

    9 out of 10

  26. Dragonheart responds:

    10/10… all to easy 😀

  27. Cutch responds:

    8/10, agreeing with the points raised by elsanto.

  28. JasonCatalanello responds:


  29. morbo responds:

    You scored: 8 / 10
    Total points: 80
    The average score for this quiz: 7 / 10

    Whoo, yeah!

  30. Rillo777 responds:


  31. otonabee responds:

    I got 10/10 but one I had to guess at and another was a close call. The majority of the questions are must knows if you frequent this and other sites like this.

  32. swnoel responds:


  33. Jjm3233 responds:

    10/10 – Woo Hoo!

  34. Raptorial responds:

    I got 8/10. Considering the two I missed were UFO questions, I don’t feel bad.

  35. deejay responds:

    10/10.. although a couple of those guesses were pure luck.

  36. LiberalDem responds:

    I got 9 out of 10, which surprised me. The only one I missed was UFO related, so I guess that’s not too bad.

  37. Loren Coleman responds:

    You give an answer, your comment will be deleted. Thank you.

  38. shumway10973 responds:

    8 out of 10, just 2 of the ufo ones. I think I’m slipping on the world of ufos.

  39. purrlcat responds:


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  41. Bob K. responds:

    OK- 9 out of 10.

  42. things-in-the-woods responds:

    7 out of 10-

    I’m the worst so far…

  43. simianfever responds:

    10 of 10. Definitely with several correct guesses though.

  44. squatchwatcher responds:

    9/10. I’m a little rusty on the ufo subject.

  45. mrbf2006 responds:

    Perfect 10 on this one too. Thanks, Loren.

  46. MBFH responds:

    9/10 but must admit I had to guess the last one. Good fun, Loren, thanks!

  47. springheeledjack responds:

    8 out of 10…who wants to be perfect anyway…leaves room for learning even it was the UFO stuff, not my favorite though I know a bit…grew up when Betty and Barney were heavy in the news…

  48. Unknown Primate responds:

    8 out of 10. Missed #7 and #10 (they were both guesses).

  49. tomdee27 responds:

    10 out of 10. Geez, I wish I had done this well on my SATs.

  50. McHaggis responds:

    10 out of 10, but I did guess on one…..but hey I got it right…….LOL

  51. 4th Lyte responds:

    10 out of ten, the simplest for me being the cryptozoology and the ufology ones.

  52. God of Wine responds:

    You scored: 6 / 10
    I guess that isn’t so bad :)

  53. Squatch hunter responds:

    I got a nine out of ten and I am damn proud of myself :)

  54. Angel responds:

    I got 5 out of 10 but I’m only 14 and I’ve only started looking into cryptozoology…dude this stuff is kewl…. ^_^ *stares at her score and starts studying* I will pass the test next time….I will pass the test next time….I will pass the test next time….I will pass the test next time….

  55. Irish227 responds:

    Something tells me the “mystery fish” is a hideously overgrown Sturgeon. They keep growing until they die, so if that was, say, 145 years old, it might be that big. Look it up.

  56. ovocato responds:

    10 out of 10

    i need a life

  57. Chernobyl responds:

    9/10, last one threw me off since my expertise is in monsters, not aliens.

    As for the fish, it looks like a gigantor hybrid between a minnow and a lungfish. I have no idea how that popped into my head.

  58. AlienBigCats responds:

    I got 9/10. Number 7 was really unfair. UFOs/Aliens aren’t cryptozoological.

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