Mokele-mbembe

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Mokèlé-mbèmbé, meaning "one who stops the flow of rivers" in the Lingala language,[1] is the name given to a large water-dwelling cryptid found in legends and folklore of the Congo River basin.[1][2] It is sometimes described as a living creature and sometimes as a spirit. It could be considered loosely analogous to the Loch Ness Monster in Western culture.

Several expeditions have been mounted in the hope of finding evidence of the Mokèlé-mbèmbé, though without success.[1] Efforts have been covered in a number of books and by a number of television documentaries. The Mokèlé-mbèmbé and its associated folklore also appear in several works of fiction and popular culture.

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