Mokèlé-mbèmbé (pronounced moe-kay-la-em-bem-bay) is said to be a Brontosaurus-like creature living in the Congo River basin of Africa. It’s name means “one who stops the flow of rivers.” Rumors of this creature have been going on for over 200 years, yet there has still not been any physical evidence provided to prove this creature’s existence. This beast is often compared to the Loch Ness Monster, however it is said that it also has the ability to roam the forests of the Congo as well. The Loch Ness Monster is rumored to only swim in lake Loch Ness, without the ability to walk on land. Both these creatures are very popular in the world of cryptozoology.   


Cryptozoology is a pseudoscience trying to prove the existence of various folklore data. Mokèlé-mbèmbé is classified as a cryptid, which is the type of creatures these cryptozoologists focus their research on. These creatures can be defined as an animal or being whose actuality is questioned. This definition directly applies to Mokèlé-mbèmbé. Although there have been many claimed sighting of this creature, it’s existence is still a mystery.

The first of these claimed sighting that happens to be recorded is from 1776. This sighting was explained in a book written by Liévin-Bonaventure Proyart. He claimed that when visiting the Congo area, he saw huge footprints. He said they were at least three feet in circumference. He also mentioned that the footprint he claimed to have seen had claws, which would automatically eliminate an elephant from the list of possibilities.


The latest potential evidence that’s tried to advocate for the existence of Mokèlé-mbèmbé was on the History Channel television series MonsterQuest. An episode that was released in 2009 involved a few men that went to the Congo to try to prove that this creature is not just a myth. Even though they did not report any sighting of the creature, they did happen to show what appeared to be an underground cave, and they also claimed to be receiving sonar readings of very long snake-like shapes that were underwater. Of course, there are a lot of things those shapes could have been, yet it is always a possibility it could have actually been the legendary Mokèlé-mbèmbé.

-Ashkan Shalbaf