We had to take a detour today, and ended up passing where someone had cut away their grass and dug down about six inches, to create rounded three-toed dinosaur footprints (it’s also possible that this was a misguided attempt at Bigfoot, or a an attempt to emulate the Dunwich Horror, but I like to believe they were supposed to be dinosaurs).
Why am I telling you this? How is this paranormal? Well... it’s not paranormal itself, but have you ever heard of a creature called Mokèlé-mbèmbé?
Congo River folklore tells of "one who stops the flow of rivers" a large creature that in many accounts greatly resembles a sauropod dinosaur. Rhinoceros and elephant have been suggested (and occasionally identified by villagers) as the Mokèlé-mbèmbé, but neither has the long neck described in many accounts.
Several expeditions have venture into the Congo looking for evidence of the Mokèlé-mbèmbé, but while they have reported encounters and even attributed deaths to the creature, no hard evidence has yet been presented. There’s a few blurry pictures, and one expedition claims to have returned with a cast of it’s footprint, though I can’t seem to locate a picture of that, which makes me doubtful of it’s existence (if anyone can point me to a legit picture of the cast, or it’s physical location, that’s be awesome... and maybe I’ll draw you something).
There are several other lesser known reports of dinosaurs surviving into modern times as well; Emela-ntouka which has been suggested to be a ceratopsian, Mbielu Mbielu Mbielu which are claimed to be stegosaurs, and Ngoubou a possible stryracosuarus.
These creatures aren’t alone either. Likely you’ve heard of Loch Ness Monster, Nahuelito the Lake Monster, Ogopogo the demon of Okanagan Lake, or Champ of Lake Champlain. These creatures are also believed to be ancient holdovers from the time of the dinosaurs; plesiosuars. While dinosaurs ruled the land, plesiosuars ruled the seas. Common theories about how they came to be isolated in lakes include falling sea levels, underwater caves, and glacial dams.
There’s even a Global Lake Monster Database: