Owl or Pterosaur?
Bioluminescent Nocturnal Flying Creatures
Koro, on Umboi
Island, Papua New
Guinea, answered the
question about the size
of the ropen, he said,
"Too big." his brother,
was precise: The
tail was seven meters long.
By Jonathan David Whitcomb
Apparent pterosaurs, similar to the ropen of the Southwest Pacific, are also seen in the United States. Some of them also glow, although
not usually exactly like the ropen of Umboi: The flash patterns are usually differ and in some parts of the U.S. the creatures seem
to hunt in groups rather than alone as on Umboi Island.
Copyright 2010 Jonathan Whitcomb
Not all mysterious nocturnal flying creatures that
glow are modern living pterosaurs. Some "ghost lights"
are the bioluminescence of
common barn owls: Tyto Alba. Slow-moving, near-the-ground, wandering back and forth--
those "ghost lights" are probably made by
barn owls, not
by the pterosaur-like glowing creatures similar to ropens.
"Remember your worst nightmare? Were you glad to wake up? Be grateful. In the early morning hours of February 23, 2010, a few miles
or so southwest of Marfa, Texas, the victims were ter-rified by what awakened them. I am not the eyewitness, but a few days after
this event, I interviewed my friend James, who had been driving through Southern Texas; he had stopped at the Marfa Lights viewing
platform to see whatever he could.
"James did not actually see the carnage. . . .
"What could be worse than any nightmare?
In the dead of night, you are awakened by what you fear most, glaring down at you. To humans, this monster should not even exist except
in a dream. This one is real. Race out of your bedroom; itís after you. Race out the front door; it follows. Search for a place to
hide; itís too late. You are exposed, surrounded by many monsters ready to feast. You have fallen into their trap. Your family is
scattered, chased across the freezing countryside. You are alone. You are Eptesicus fuscus, a Big Brown Bat."
The giant nocturnal ropen of Umboi
Island (known by other names in other areas
of Papua New Guinea) is mostly seen at night, for it
with bioluminescence. From a distance at night, eyewitnesses see no shape of the ropen-animal but only a bright flying glow.
Glowing Flying Creatures in the USA