The Dingonek is said to be a walrus-like creature found in the parts of Africa; Kenya in particular. John Alfred Jordan, an explorer, claimed to have shot at this unidentified creature in the River Maggori in Kenya in 1907 (some reports say 1909). Jordan claimed this scale-covered creature was 18 feet (6 metres) long and had reptilian claws, a spotted back, a long tail, and a big head out of which grew large, curved, walrus-like tusks. Locals of the area also describe it as having a scorpion-like tail and that it would kill any hippos, crocodiles, or fishermen that happened to wander into its territory.
There is what is said to be a first hand account from Edgar Beecher Bronson in his 1910 book. :
'Nights about the camp fires with Jordan were never dull. Some incident of the day or turn of the talk always served to start him on some stirring tale of weird bush happenings. That night he was particularly interesting, notwithstanding a heavy electrical storm was on and we were tightly shut in my tent, with no light but the dull flicker of our pipes. “Wonder how long it will be before the last of all the strange animal and reptilian types native to Africa have been taken and classified?” he mused. “What do you mean?” I asked.