DINGONEK: (ZAIRE)

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aquatic-enigmasThis scaly, scorpion tailed, saber toothed beast is said to be exceedingly territorial and has been known to kill any hippos, crocodiles and even unwary fishermen, who have had the misfortune of wandering too close to their aquatic nests.

Hailing from the Congolese jungles (primarily in the nation formerly known as Zaire), the Dingonek is yet another in a long line of West African cryptids – such as the CHIPEKWE, the JAGO-NINI and the EMELA-NTOUKA — which have been consistently confused with the living sauropod known as MOKELE MBEMBE, even though its reported features bear no resemblance to its more famous cousin.

Said to dwell in the rivers and lakes of western Africa, the Dingonek has been described as being approximately 12-feet in length, with a squarish head, 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 (much like the Indian MANTICORE) 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 Dingonek territoriality and violent disposition is the stuff of legend, as the many unwary fishermen who took their last breath after having stumbled across this creature would surely attest.