The Kongamato

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Area(s) Reported: Africa
Date(s) Reported: ?-Present

In 1923, Frank H. Melland published a study of the Kaonde tribe of Africa, and of their beliefs; and one in particular caught his attention. He was told of a monster called a Kongamato that could control the flow of water in rivers to trap fishermen. He asked what this creature looked like. Intrigued with their insistent and persistent description, he sent for a book from his cabin and showed the tribe a picture; and everyone agreed it looked like the Kongamato. It was a picture of a Pterosaurus... a flying 'dinosaur' that had gone extinct 150 million years ago!

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