The mbielu-mbielu-mbielu, which means "the animal with planks growing out of its back" when translated, is an aquatic-based cryptid suggested to be a close relative of Stegosaurus living in the Likouala Region of the Republic of Congo.


Most sightings have only been reported by local villagers at the villages of Bounila and Ebolo, claiming that the creature has green algae on the exposed part of its body when coming up to the surface of the water. They fail to give an accurate description of the feet of mbielu-mbielu-mbielu, saying that the creature was sighted when submerged in the waters. What is known is that the creature possesses rows of large plates on its back.

Possible Explanations

Hypotheses include:

  • Surviving stegosaurid dinosaur
  • Hoax


Evidence includes:

  • Eyewitness testimony


  • Due to similar appearances, some believe that this creature and the muhuru are one and the same.