posted on May, 24 2009 @ 02:17 PM
The name of this cryptid means "Animal with planks growing out of its back." It has been cited by two villages in the Likouala Region of the
Republic of the Congo.
Generally it has been thought to be a type of Stegosaurus-like aquatic creature that is covered with moss.
The natives say these planks are not the same as the serrated ridges of a crocodile or some lizards.
The natives could not give an accurate description of the body, head, tail, and feet because the animal was submerged in water and these parts could
not seen, only the planks could be seen.
It has been compared to a Nguma-monene, which is a rather large snake-form, or Mokele-mbembe, but the latter does not appear to have plants on it's
back. Villagers say that the planks on the back are different from a crocodile or alligator.
My suggestions in no particular order:
1. An aquatic potto-like creature.
Pottos have spikes that protrude from their spine. Also, mammals like sloths have been known to grow moss on their fur. I would not rule out a
2. A type of aquatic turtle with either plates or spikes on its shell.
3. A type of hippo or other amphibious mammal with plates on its back.
4. An unknown reptile, or a previously thought to be extinct reptile.
5. An armor plated fish of some sort.
There is no physical evidence, and very few reports of sightings of this creature. However, it is a cryptid nonetheless and hopefully in the future
more light will be brought onto the myth of this creature.
My one question/problem with this being a hoax-type myth from villagers is that say the creature they are describing does match that of a Stegosaurus.
How would they have known what this animal looked like when it became extinct so long ago? I do think that there is probably a simple explanation for
this (turtle, etc) but I respect the sightings from the villagers for most of these cryptids.
[edit on 5/24/2009 by ravenshadow13]