Migo is a probably crocodilian said to lurk in the Lake Dakataua, on New Britain in the Bismarck Archipelago, Papua New Guinea. Crocodile-like body. Length, 30–35 feet. Gray skin. Horselike head and neck. Sharp fangs. Ridged back. Turtle-like legs.
Significant sightings Edit
During World War II, Wilfred T. Neill noticed crocodilians at the edges of some inland lakes of New Britain he was flying over.
In January and February 1994, a Japanese television crew accompanied by Roy Mackal took about five minutes of video footage apparently showing a Migo in Lake Dakataua. One segment featured three different sections of a long animal moving through the water.
Possible explanations Edit
- A surviving mosasaur, a group of large, marine lizards related to modern monitors, suggested by oceanographer Shohei Shirai. Mosasaurs died out by the end of the Cretaceous period, 65 million years ago.
- Roy Mackal at first thought the Migo might be an evolved basilosaurid, a member of a family of early whales that lived 42–33 million years ago, in the Middle to Late Eocene.
- Mackal now thinks the video shows three Saltwater crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus) in a mating ritual.