There’s a terrifying beast said to dwell in the creeks, rivers and lakes of western Africa. Of enormous size, between nine and 18 feet in length. Adorned with a long horn in the centre of its square head, with two large sabre-like canines jutting out from its mouth. Covered in thick scales, with a pointed, bony, dart-like appendage at the tip of its tail, said to contain deadly poison. Large and fearsome, extremely territorial and said to hunt crocodiles, hippos, monkeys and even fishermen. Anything, basically. It’s often known as the Jungle Walrus. And it’s like something from the darkest depths of science fiction…
1907. Explorer John Jordan was in Kenya, staying with the Lumbwa, a local settlement. He was on the hunt for a mysterious creature the Lumbwa named the Dingonek. One day, whilst hunting along the shores of the river, a large group of Lumbwa emerged racing through the bush to find Jordan, claiming to have seen a large beast that dived the second it saw the group. They described it as a cross between a sea serpent, a leopard and a whale. Jordan thought they were mad and demanded to be taken to the scene.
“Holy saints, but he was a sight – 14 or 15 feet long, head big as that of a lioness but shaped and marked like a leopard, two long white fangs sticking down straight out of his upper jaw, back as broad as a hippo, scaled like an armadillo… he was a hideous old haunter of a nightmare… that made you want an aeroplane to feel safe of him… blast that blighter’s fangs, but they looked enough to go clean through a man,” Jordan said.
He also said that it had reptilian claws that could carry the beast ashore and kill a man with ease. Frightened, he shot the beast behind one of its ears. The beast sprang up from the water, standing straight up on its tail. Jordan and the Lumbwa didn’t think twice and ran like hell. Jordan was adamant that no known creature should have survived that shot.
This story of Jordan’s encounter was first told in a book written by Edgar Bronson in 1910, a man famed for titillating his audience with adventuresome tales. But tribes around that area before and since have stories of this creature. And continue to tell tales of it. Many explorers since, into the late 20th century, claim to have seen it. And then there’s the painting to consider. In a nearby cave, there’s an ancient painting of a creature that looks remarkably like the Dingonek. All these encounters and coincidences, plus the painting, have led many to believe this creature is real.
As unlikely as it sounds, I believe there may be a chance that a mysterious creature of some kind or another exists in the waters of Africa…
So I’ll give this creature a 70 on my patented Cryptid-o-Meter, putting it third in the list with the Lake Worth Monster still bottom and the Beast of Exmoor still holding top spot.
The Dingonek. A fascinating cryptid indeed…
Images: 1) An artist’s impression of the Dingonek (credit: cryptidz.wikia.com), 2) A drawing of the cave painting – the Dingonek can supposedly be seen on the lower left squashing a deer; it’s size, fangs, pointy tale and four legs closely resemble the descriptions of Dingonek (credit: imgkid.com)
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this post. You can leave a comment and/or like this post below, or by clicking the title on the top of this post if you are on the archives page. Likes and follows greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Please feel free check out the latest posts from my other two blogs:
The Indelible Life of Me
New Post Every Sunday
Click Here to Read the Latest Post
Hark Around the Words
New Posts Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Click Here to Read the Latest Post