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New expedition to seek out Mokele Mbembe

Posted on Tuesday, 24 April, 2012 | Comment icon 77 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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Stephen McCullah is leading an expedition to the jungles of Africa in search of a living dinosaur.

Naming their trip the "Newmac Expedition" McCullah and his colleagues are hoping to discover a plethora of new flora and fauna as they search for evidence of the legendary creature along the Congo river. A fundraising campaign with a goal of $27,000 has been initiated to secure funds for the trip which is scheduled to begin on June 26th.

"We are in the process of looking at live methods for capture of large animals," said McCullah. "We will be attempting to bring a tranquilizer rifle, but there are many issues and unknowns we will have to overcome to subdue an animal like Mokèlé-mbèmbé with a tranquilizer gun."

"A young Missouri man has turned to the Internet in search of investors for his expedition into the remote jungles of Africa seeking to document undiscovered flora and fauna."

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Comment icon #68 Posted by Joe Marrero on 15 May, 2012, 15:56
Thank you. I agree that an observer must not be biased but all research starts with a hypothesis. Either the evidence supports the conjecture or it doesn't. Other expeditions in the past that were motivated primarily to film a television program were biased. The BBC expedition does not acknowledge that the Mokele-mbembe is a phrase use collectively describe several creatures--one, an alleged a sauropod and another a rhino-like creature. They construed the statements made by the pygmies to support their thesis. The History Channel's Monster Quest program did not even search for... [More]
Comment icon #69 Posted by psyche101 on 16 May, 2012, 6:09
Hi Joe I was quite disappointed in the Marcy Milt expeditions. I had been following the last two quite closely, and expected much from the 2006 expedition which was cut short. It was re-labeled a prelim mission and we were told that in 2007 a better expedition would bring us real proof. That the follow up never happened, and that the initial one was cut short with little fanfare makes me think that perhaps they did find Mokele Mbembe, and it was a mundane finding. Perhaps my own expectations were too high, but the quiet from that camp after the supposed footprint is hard to rationalise any... [More]
Comment icon #70 Posted by Junior Chubb on 16 May, 2012, 23:19
Hi Joe, its great that you have posted here and answered some of the questions that might have been in peoples minds about this expedition, its lead to some good Q&A's. I find the Mokele legend really interesting (if a little implausible) but am still hoping for a solid explanation. Looking forward to your safe return and hopefully some interesting results.
Comment icon #71 Posted by Myles on 17 May, 2012, 17:50
Does this "yahoo" ever read the thread before posting?
Comment icon #72 Posted by keninsc on 18 May, 2012, 5:46
Impressive, that part of Africa isn't for the faint of heart and it sounds like you guys have the skills you'll need. My biggest concern would be the humans, lots of kidnapping, lots of rape......and yes, both sexes........not to mention just plain old murder for your gear. Don't get me wrong, if I were a younger man I might be willing to go with you if all I had to consider was the terrain and conditions. Good luck to you.
Comment icon #73 Posted by Mattshark on 18 May, 2012, 11:10
I don't get why people think the Congo will hold dinosaurs. Huge animals in confined spaces is so illogical it doesn't bare thinking about (I guess that is most peoples issue). Secondly, the Congo is around 200000 years old, meaning dinosaurs had been gone 64 million years before the forest ever existed. EDIT:Just to add, be warely of even harmless fauna in the Congo, both ebola and marburg viruses are known in that region.
Comment icon #74 Posted by Night Walker on 18 May, 2012, 22:07
[u]Dino Hunters Secure Necessary Funding For Congo Expedition[/u] Stephen McCullah needed to raise $26,700 by May 11 in order to secure enough funds through to, well, kickstart his expedition to the Republic of Congo to hunt a reported living dinosaur. When the deadline arrived, the 21-year-old adventurer and Missouri native had received pledges totaling nearly $29,000. He's now packing his bags and a powerful tranquilizer rifle -- to bring down a possible dinosaur during what he has dubbed the Newmac Expedition. Read ...
Comment icon #75 Posted by whatsthat on 18 May, 2012, 22:36
Cool. I just hope its not another futile expedition. There most likely are many undiscovered species there. Probably not sauropods, thats outlandish. Would be way better if, ok we didn't get mkele but a new monkey? lizard? named after you. Worthwhile then. Catalogue more flora and fauna along the way. On zoological expeditions, take a zoologist?
Comment icon #76 Posted by Apopo on 19 May, 2012, 7:10
Personally, I do not believe in an existence of a Sauropod. A large serpentine creature perhaps (as seen in the photo), but a Sauropod living in the Congo seems a bit unlikely to me. And as for Joe, all I can say is good luck, and get back safely. Elephantitis is definitely something I do not want to contract. Ever.
Comment icon #77 Posted by psyche101 on 24 May, 2012, 1:50
Hi Matt Long time mate. They are only using the Dinosaur as promotional material, it does seem to grab attention. But the groups website says they do not expect to find a Dinosaur.

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