It is rumored that Congo has its own version of the Loch Ness monster ‘Nessie’ – the name given to it is Mokele-mbembe which has several translations. One among these is ‘one who stops flowing rivers’ – this is believed to be the most appropriate because the Mokele- mbembe is said to nest in the bends of rivers and stops the flow literally.
These creatures are large reptile-like creature, with a long neck, and long tail and are supposed to resemble the monster Nessie. Some accounts speak of its single horn that it uses to kill elephants. A number of descriptions abound – none is authentic enough. There are no witnesses as such but, it seems a French missionary in 1776 had come across impressions of claws that were huge.
So far, there have been at least 50 different expeditions to the Brazzaville region of Congo to find out more about this unique creature. It is said that the dense forests of 66,000 square Km of the Congo basin, most of which is uncharted, could be home to many yet-unknown species of life forms.