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    Default Mokele-mbembe — a surviving dinosaur in the Congo

    Though inspired by the Has anyone actually seen a Thunderbird? thread, I thought it more unlikely that any members had actually seen THIS thing.



    But there's a lot of evidence that this is real: a creature called Mokele-mbembe by villagers living near Lake Tele, which is in the vast and near-inaccessible Likouala swamp in the Congo.

    There's lots about it in the internet, including some fascinating and credible reports going back more than 100 years. There's even a short video:



    That video is blocked in some countries. If it's unavailable for you, here it is in the Avalon Library.
    Here's an interesting screenshot:



    I have to say, it's not hard to imagine that anything could be living in there. (Note to intelligent skeptics: this isn't an elephant. I've spent a lot of time in Africa, and elephants don't swim like that. Click here for a wonderful short video of Indian elephants swimming in the sea... note that they don't hold their trunks out of the water.)

    Here's a National Geographic documentary video, shown on the History Channel. (Note that it's actually just 45 mins long, and then loops to repeat. The creature doesn't look like the video cover image, either!)


    Finally, an interesting 1982 expedition report in the CalTech library. The team had 5 sightings over 32 days, and estimated that the animal, which had a long neck, was 36 feet long. Don't miss the question-and-answer section at the back.*

    * One delightful exchange:
    Q: Did you try to bring the boat near the animal?
    A: No. Would you? I wouldn't recommend it.


    https://authors.library.caltech.edu/25708/1/MALN_64.pdf

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    Default Re: Mokele-mbembe — a surviving dinosaur in the Congo

    I guess to truly discover if it is in there would be to discover a vast oil reserve in there and let 'business' clear the area.....

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    The Congo is very fascinating. No telling what's roaming around there.

    What's the large ape species I'm thinking of that's rumored to live there? Escapes me at the moment. I remember seeing pics of it.

    EDIT: Found it: https://anthropology.net/2007/07/17/...-magic-forest/

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    What's the large ape species I'm thinking of that's rumored to live there? Escapes me at the moment. I remember seeing pics of it.

    EDIT: Found it: https://anthropology.net/2007/07/17/...-magic-forest/

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    Thanks, fascinating! I'd never heard of that.

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    What's the large ape species I'm thinking of that's rumored to live there? Escapes me at the moment. I remember seeing pics of it.

    EDIT: Found it: https://anthropology.net/2007/07/17/...-magic-forest/

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    Thanks, fascinating! I'd never heard of that.
    This might need a thread of its own. I think (but cannot yet verify) that this may be one of them. (Jeez!! )


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