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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
I do have admiration and respect for you to go out there and be looking. My personal opinion is that your belief in the creature's existence will undermine the credibility of your mission. Anything you see, hear, touch, or smell will pass through the filter of your belief and be clouded by it in an attempt to support a conclusion you have already reached. You seem like an intelligent man, and I don't doubt the credentials of your cohorts. If you were trekking to Africa to gather whatever data you could without an agenda in mind I think the credibility of what you find would be enhanced greatly... [More]
Comment icon #69 Posted by psyche101 on 16 May, 2012, 6:09
I believe Milt Marcy expedition was close. I vaguely recall that they were delayed in getting their permits but I might be confusing them with another expedition. Losing time due to travel delays occurs all the time. To imagine, missing an encounter by two days has to be gut wrenching. Many of the mokele researchers believe the creature migrates in the rivers and swamps between Cameroon, Gabon and the Congo. Most sightings occur in the rainy season where the creature occasionally comes out of the water. Most of the swampy wet terrain is in the Congo. Because the Marcy Expedition, Bill Gibbons,... [More]
Comment icon #70 Posted by Junior Chubb on 16 May, 2012, 23:19
As a member of the expedition, a statement like this is sad. The Congo is not a vacation destination. We will be dealing with anti-malarial resistant mosquitoes, tsetse flies that carry African Sleeping Sickness & elephantitis, schitoasis in the rivers and swamps, and security will be uncertain. For the few ignorant people out there that think we're going to risk our health and safety for a "cool trip" are dead-wrong. For the few of you out there that may have visisted Africa before in maybe Botswana or Kenya, then I can confirm that the tsetse flies are going to be far worst in the Congo ... [More]
Comment icon #71 Posted by Myles on 17 May, 2012, 17:50
Do these yahoos even have any background in botony or survival training? Plus whats there plans if they even did catch glimpse of such a creature besides running from it? Sounds like the beginnings of a viral video for the next home shot paranormal activity like movie. nuff said. Does this "yahoo" ever read the thread before posting?
Comment icon #72 Posted by keninsc on 18 May, 2012, 5:46
Let's start with myself first. I have spent several weeks at a time in the jungles of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Peru. In Belize, I was taught how to find water, make cordage, prepare hammocks, and what to eat (termite nests in trees, etc..). In Honduras, I accidentally cut one of my little toes on sharp coral and, after a week, noticed it wasn't healing and turning septic. I had to use additional medical supplies for a wound that should not have needed it. I have first hand experience on how wounds behave differently in the hot moist tropics. In Florida, I occasionally go hunting and fi... [More]
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
Dino Hunters Secure Necessary Funding For Congo Expedition 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 more...
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
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. 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 b... [More]
Comment icon #77 Posted by psyche101 on 24 May, 2012, 1:50
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. 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 D... [More]

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