More than a few Huffington Post readers ripped on my article Nessie is not a Plesiosaur. In it, I made the case the Loch Ness Monster isn’t a large air breathing creature, especially an aquatic dinosaur. 

Loch Ness is a small enclosed lake that has been searched by every available technique and technology. Such a creature simply has no where to hide.

Regardless of the common sense questions I posed arguing against Nessie’s existence, some of my romantic readers refused to “go there.”

As a peace offering to you folks, meet Mokele-mbembe. In the Lingala language, Mokele-mbembe translates to “one who stops the flow of rivers.” This legendary water-dwelling creature inhabits the Congo River basin in central Africa.

Many cryptozoologists claim Mokele-mbembe is likely a sauropod dinosaur, such as a Brachiosaurus, Diplodocus or Apatosaurus. Based on reports from local tribes, this creature is elephant-sized but has a long neck, a small head and a very long tail. Some reports claim it is 75 feet long.

Like Nessie, it would be difficult for a bus-sized lizard to hide from civilization. Unlike Loch Ness however, this vast region of largely unexplored jungle, rivers and swamps provides hypothetical possibilities.

Since 1776, 35 expeditions have attempted to penetrate this jungle and find Mokele-mbembe. To date, no hard evidence has been found, but these explorers always return with riveting stories. Mokele-mbembe is great subject matter since s/he supposedly kills people and even hippos on site.

In 2001, a BBC/Discovery Channel-sponsored expedition team showed natives photographs of Rhinos. Many identified it as Mokele-mbembe. These researchers drew the logical conclusion Rhinos must have inhabited the Congo River basin hundreds or thousands of years ago; and, it still lives in their folklore and legends.

Nobody will likely prove or disprove this mystery in our life time.