Wednesday, 28 December 2011

the search for Mokele-mbembe

The hunt for Mokele-mbembe: Congo's Loch Ness Monster
By Cordelia Hebblethwaite BBC World Service

The search for Scotland's Loch Ness Monster is world famous. Far less well-known is the hunt for a similar creature, Mokele-mbembe, which is reputed to live in the remote north of Congo-Brazzaville. But how strong is the evidence?"I checked maps, and the data on the maps was white. It said, 'insufficient data to delineate terrain'. Well that got me!" says Dr Roy Mackal, a retired biologist from the University of Chicago."It's the end of the world. It gives you a feeling of a surviving prehistoric time."In the 1980s, Dr Mackal led two expedition teams to the vast Likouala swamp and rainforest area of the Congo which is inhabited by pygmies, on the hunt for this mystery creature - Africa's version of Scotland's Loch Ness Monster.The Mokele-mbembe is reputed to be a large reptile-like creature, with a long neck, and long tail.

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