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Mahamba
Mahamba by David Miller
David Miller's illustration of the mahamba for Roy P. Mackal's A Living Dinosaur? (1987)
Mapdacongo
Background
Type Crocodile
First Sighting Unknown
Last Sighting 20th Century
Country DR Congo
Habitat The remote unexplored Congo rainforest
Possible Population Small
Mahamba is a cryptid rumoured to lurk in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Lake Likouala around the swamp region.

Description

It is purported to be an enormous crocodile, reaching lengths of up to 50 feet (15 m). Some have speculated that it is a freshwater relic of the mosasaurs — huge, sea-dwelling lizards which were presumed extinct by the end of the Cretaceous period.

The Bobangi aboriginals have proclaimed this animal to be unlike any other they have seen, and have only compared it to other creatures, such as a Nkoli (the Bobangi word for crocodile) or the legendary Nguma-monene for the sake of comparison. It is also been reported to attack and devour rafts and canoes.

Explanations

Some theorize it could be an unusually large sized crocodile, either from a know species or an entirely new species of large crocodilians.

A living fossil, possibly a descendant of a prehistoric crocodilian that didn't go extinct 65 million years ago.

An unrecognized aquatic reptile or giant croc-like amphibian.

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