An artist's depiction
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· Living dinosaur
The Dingonek is a highly territorial, amphibious cryptid from Africa. It was seen mostly during the 18th and 19th centuries, but native Africans have seen it for centuries. It has allegedly been seen in the African Congolese jungles (primarily those of the Democratic Republic).
Said to dwell in the rivers and lakes of western Africa, the Dingonek has been described as being grey or red, 3 to 6 metres (9-18 feet) in length, with a squarish head, sometimes a long horn, saber-like canines—which has resulted in its nickname the "Jungle Walrus"—and a tail complete with a bony, dart-like appendage, which is reputed to be able to secrete a deadly poison. This creature is also said to be covered head-to-toe in a scaly, mottled epidermis, which has been likened to the prehistoric-looking Asian anteater known as the pangolin. The description by John Alfred Jordan, an explorer who said that he actually shot at this unidentified monster in the River Maggori in Kenya in 1907, claimed this scale-covered creature was as big as 18 feet long and had reptilian claws, a spotted back, long tail, and a big head out of which grew large, curved, walrus-like tusks. A shot with a .303 only served to anger it.
There are several explanations as to what the creature could be. Theories include:
- An undiscovered species (a Cryptid)
- A living dinosaur
- At the Brakfontein ridge, Western Cape in South Africa is a cave painting of an unknown creature that fits the description of the dingonek, right down to its walrus-like tusks. (see Photo Gallery)
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