Like dinosaurs but flying---those be pterosaurs
Creature of the Night
by Jonathan David Whitcomb
You have seen
a flying creature
unlike any bird or
bat. It's more like
a pterosaur but alive,
a "flying dinosaur."
What do you do?
If you live in the United States,
you have the same problem as
countless other eyewitnesses
of living pterosaurs. Do you call
the police? The newspaper? Animal
control? A nearby university? A brief
reflection makes it obvious: None of those
will do. Other American eyewitnesses have been
called "crazy" for reporting what they have seen.
It’s a cultural problem, a weakness in perspective.
The problem is not in the eyewitnesses but in the
indoctrination, over generations, that all species
of dinosaurs and pterosaurs must have become
extinct millions of years ago. That’s the problem.
So who do you call? I hope you'll contact me,
Jonathan Whitcomb. As far as I know, I am
the only person on earth who has devoted
anything like a full-time effort, over years,
to interview eyewitnesses of apparent living
pterosaurs and promote the concept that
these flying creatures are not extinct but
very much alive. As of late-2012, I have
written three nonfiction books and one
scientific paper (in a peer-reviewed
journal) on modern living pterosaurs.
I try to be objective with each of
the eyewitnesses I interview, with
neither a crude skepticism nor an
over-zealous acceptance of every-
thing that seems to support my
previous conclusions. I listen
and record what eyewitnesses
tell me and always keep their
identities a secret until they
fully agree to come out of
anonymity and have their
names made public, always.
Creature That Flies in the Night
Most of these flying creatures fly at night, although some sightings
are in the daylight. Please be aware that a sighting in the day does
not mean that what was observed must be a creature normally out
in daylight. It may have been frightened out of sleep during the day.
It may be a nocturnal creature that was out on that one day.
Owl, Bat, or Pterosaur?
In my cryptozoology book Live Pterosaurs in America, I explain
concepts related to the glowing creatures of the night, not fireflies
but flying creatures much larger: Apparent bioluminescent owls
and pterosaurs. Intrinsic bioluminescence in such creatures is
controversial, and some biologists would be surprised to learn
that some investigators support and write about such things,
but the evidence, in eyewitness testimonies, support us.
"Giant bat" is not a reasonable explanation, contrary to the
vague suggestions of some critics. In Papua New Guinea, the
Flying Fox fruit bat is large, to be sure; but that bat is huge only
in comparison with some bats. The ropen is much larger, with
some of the reports suggesting a wingspan greater than twenty-
five feet. No fruit bat has a wingspan much greater than six feet
at the very most.
And the ropen is said to eat fish on reefs at night. It uses its
bioluminescence to attract the fish. Also telling is the tail of
the nocturnal ropen. According to the World War II veteran
Duane Hodgkinson, the creature he saw had a tail "at least
10-15 feet" long.
But the tail movement of the ropen of Umboi Island, Papua
New Guiea, has amazed those cryptozoologists who have
investigated these flying creatures: It is stiff except at the
base, and the tails of Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur fossils
show us those creatures had the same tail movement.
Nocturnal Flying Creature
Giant Bat or Pterosaur?
Copyright 2010, 2011, 2012 Jonathan David Whitcomb
“Gitmo Pterosaur” of Cuba, sketched by eyewitness Patty Carson
“Pterodactyl” of Cuba, sketched by eyewitness Eskin Kuhn