Borneo is blessed with some of the thickest forests on the planet. A lot can hide in those forests. Some do not believe that the forests are a blessing at all, especially those that believe the reports and take as genuine the images on the pictures of a 100 foot snake haunting the Baleh River in Malaysia. That 100 foot giant snake is the stuff of legend and the definition of nightmare.
It is being called the Borneo Monster. And many believe the photos making their way around the internet are doctored or photoshopped. But the Borneo Monster, according to villagers (and relayed to the world via The Daily Mail) along the Baleh River, is nothing new or the construct of a good photo-editing computer program. The legend of the 100 foot – long snake has been around forever. He is called Nabau.
Nabau is a shape-shifter. Natives of Borneo vouch for his existence. He is usually seen to have the head of a dragon. He has seven nostrils. And, of course, Nabau is huge, a giant, a 100 foot snake with a dragon’s head.
According to the villagers, Nabau has returned. Many claim to have seen it. Some even point to the fact that pictures of the 100 foot snake have been taken at various locations, which proves that the Borneo Monster is moving about.
One of the pictures was taken from a helicopter by a disaster team member studying flood regions. Some maintain that it is just a picture of a speedboat with a twisting wake. Some think it a tree lodged in a swift-flowing river (but purists ask, if it is a tree, how then is formed the twisting wake from a stationary object – or even a slow-moving one?). Another picture was taken in a remote village of a long, dark snake-like object. Speculation as to what the images actually are have the internet buzzing.
Skeptics of the Borneo Monster / Nabau legend may not want to be so quick to judge the villagers as overly superstitious. Just earlier this month, a team of scientists announced the unearthing of a giant snake’s fossilized remains. The Titanaboa cerrejonensis is believed to have reached lengths of 13 meters (nearly 43 feet) and had a width of 3-4 feet.
ExtremeScience.com reports that the largest snakes extant today are believed to by pythons, the largest of which average around 20 feet long. However, the longest ever recorded was a 33-foot-long Asiatic Reticulated Python.
There has been a long-standing controversy over which giant snake is the largest. Although there are historical reports from European explorers that claimed to have seen anacondas of 100 feet in length, one has never been found that approaches anywhere near that length.
Perhaps Nabau, the Borneo Monster, would like to relocate?