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Added Thu, 10/11/2022
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Mokele-mbembe (translated from Lingala as "the one who stops the flow of rivers") — the name of a cryptozoological creature living in water, mentions of which are often found in folklore and legends of the peoples of the river basin Congo in Africa.

Descriptions of his appearance in many ways resemble The Loch Ness monster.

According to legends common in the Congo River basin, the mokele-mbembe is a large regional herbivore and lives in the lake Tele and its surroundings, preferring deep water, often appears at the turns of the river.

Descriptions of mokele-mbembe are often very different:

  • Some legends describe it as having an elephant—like animal body with a long neck and tail and a small head - a description that suggested that the creature may be related to extinct sauropods.
  • In other cases, it is described as more resembling an elephant, a rhinoceros and other famous animals. As a rule, it is described as having a gray-brown color.
  • In some places, such as the village of Boha, he is described as a spirit rather than a material being of flesh and blood.

In the BBC and Discovery Channel documentary "Congo" (2001), several members of a local tribe were interviewed, who identified a photograph of a rhinoceros as mokele-mbembe.

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