Posted by: John Kirk on July 19th, 2006
Richard Freeman and the intrepid team from the Centre for Fortean Zooology (CFZ) in the United Kingdom, have located an actual eyewitness who says that he has seen the mythic beast known as the Ninki-nanka of The Gambia in west Africa.
The CFZ crew were able to locate a ranger employed by the Kiang West National Park who claims to have see the creature some three years ago. The location of the sighting has not been disclosed, but the witness is said to have seen animal allegedly a whopping 50 metres long and a metre wide. The witness claims to have observed the creature for an hour before he suddenly took ill.
When shown various illustrations of animals and reptiles, the ranger stated that he believes the head of a Chinese dragon best fits that of the Ninki-nanka.
This is par for the course for alleged witnesses of the Ninki-naka to take ill and then die. The ranger puts his survival down to a herbal potion which was administered to him by Muslim healer.
I have huge problems with a creature measuring 50 metres in length. That is half the length of your average football field and I find it extraordinary that a creature this large does not leave any traces unless of course, it is aquatic in nature.
To add to this already fascinating tale, the CFZ team may, or as the case might be, may not have in their possession a supposed scale from the horse-headed, mirror-scaled creature with the crest on its head. It seems the so-called “scale” may really just be a piece of celluloid film.
This has not discouraged Freeman who states: “We haven’t discounted the possibility that there is a flesh and blood Ninki-nanka in the swamps of West Africa, it’s just at the moment the evidence is pointing to something more folkloric.”
The CFZ expedition is also looking for the remains of a sea creature which was discovered by Owen Burnham on beach in The Gambia. There has been now word that we know of that they have found the animal said to bear an uncanny resemblance to a plesiosaur.
One of the founders of the BCSCC, John Kirk has enjoyed a varied and exciting career path. Both a print and broadcast journalist, John Kirk has in recent years been at the forefront of much of the BCSCC’s expeditions, investigations and publishing. John has been particularly interested in the phenomenon of unknown aquatic cryptids around the world and is the author of In the Domain of the Lake Monsters (Key Porter Books, 1998). In addition to his interest in freshwater cryptids, John has been keenly interested in investigating the possible existence of sasquatch and other bipedal hominids of the world, and in particular, the Yeren of China. John is also chairman of the Crypto Safari organization, which specializes in sending teams of investigators to remote parts of the world to search for animals as yet unidentified by science. John travelled with a Crypto Safari team to Cameroon and northern Republic of Congo to interview witnesses among the Baka pygmies and Bantu bushmen who have sighted a large unknown animal that bears more than a superficial resemblance to a dinosaur. Since 1996, John Kirk has been editor and publisher of the BCSCC Quarterly which is the flagship publication of the BCSCC. In demand at conferences, seminars, lectures and on television and radio programs, John has spoken all over North America and has appeared in programs on NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, TLC, Discovery, CBC, CTV and the BBC. In his personal life John spends much time studying the histories of Scottish Clans and is himself the president of the Clan Kirk Society. John is also an avid soccer enthusiast and player.