Posted by: Loren Coleman on July 16th, 2012
Update: Bad news. Michel Raynal tells me this book is not new. It was first brought out in 1984 and is half fiction. Okay. Nevermind. It goes in the cryptofiction pile.
If you can read French, you will enjoy a new book by Christian Dedet, about giant reptiles seen near or in the Gabon River, Africa. The book is The Memory of the River, about the life of Jean Michonet. Near the beginning of the book is a passage on the extraordinary fight between a giant snake and a large elephant that took place near the St. Anne Catholic mission in Gabon.
The book contains another incredible meeting with “a giant snake,” worthy of the one described in the memoirs of Colonel Fawcett.
There is also an entire chapter on snakes, specifically talking of giant cryptid snakes.
One section notes (rough Google translation):
The giant snake – the same one that failed to end my youthful adventure on a tributary of Rainbo N’Komi – has a jaw so flexible, so expandable that it allows the snake to swallow a buffalo. We can meet specimens reaching almost 20 meters. The one that fought against an elephant, once in the lagoons of St. Anne, was probably of this size. There is not too long ago, a small zoo in Zaire, where I was shown a 19-meter specimen. My father said he saw pythons measuring up to 12 meters. Source.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.