Some of the pterosaur encounters in Ohio
According to the book Live Pterosaurs in America, one
eyewitness answered these questions:
Question: Was there anything unusual about the tail?
Answer: . . . it was long and skinny, it also had a spade on
it about 3 or 4 inches from the very end
Question: [were there any] feathers?
Answer: Absolutely no feathers
Jonathan Whitcomb also got an email with this:
“. . . Several years ago when I was in college I briefly saw
what looked like 2 of them flying close together . . . while
I was driving. I thought I was crazy for a minute, like I
was seeing things . . . but I don't know of any birds that
look like that . . . featherless, that large, and grey. I live in
Marietta, Ohio, and this was maybe 8-10 years ago.
Whatever they were, they were awesome to see but I must
admit that I was happy to be inside my car.”
Sightings of featherless flying creatures
Copyright 2010-2016 Jonathan Whitcomb
Nonfiction book on sightings of living pterosaurs*
in the United States of America; the third edition
by Jonathan David Whitcomb (ropen reseaarcher),
author of cryptozoology books — pterodactyls*
Part of the sketch drawn by the eyewitness Eskin C. Kuhn, who
observed two pterosaurs in Cuba in 1971. He was interviewed
by the author Jonathan Whitcomb, early in 2010, who found him
to be a very credible eyewitness. Kuhn stands by his testimony.
Pterosaur sighting in Minnesota
“In 1995 I had a very close encounter with something
similar to a Pterosaur in southern Minnesota. . . . I headed
down to ‘my’ fishing spot. . . . It was dusk by the time I
decided to head back home . . . . an outcropping or a cave
(. . . either a shallow cave or a deep outcropping) as I got
near it I heard something ... like clicking or tapping ...
“I got within 15 feet of the mouth of the cave I see this
beautiful burgundy thing standing near the opening. It
was smooth with no feathers, and a large horn out of the
back of it's head. I could see that as it was pulling meat
off of a fish it's beak was making the tapping noise I
heard. I, being a complete idiot . . . decided to see how
close I could get to it . . . it turned around and stared right
at me. I was transfixed by it. . . . [It] walked a little ways
back in the cave ran forwards and flew off. That's when I
got a good look at it in flight. The tail was about 1/3- 1/2
of it's wingspan [with] a point similar to a diamond on a
playing card. It's wings were huge . . . 19-20 foot
wingspan . . . I never went back to that area again. . . .”
Commonly called pterodactyls
Many of the eyewitness reports come from the Southwest Pacific,
including Papua New Guinea, Australia, and Indonesia; but some
come from Africa, South America, North America, and Europe.
Living pterosaurs, or what very much appear so to be, have been
observed all over the world, obviously non-extinct. The kind with
a long tail is called ropen, getting its name from the natives who use
the village language of Kovai on Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea.
Apparently these featherless flying creatures, mostly
with long tails, live in many areas of the planet
Photograph by Joe Le Merou - http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/legalcode (Flight from Bali, Indonesia)
Pterosaur in Indonesia
In June of 2008, a pilot was flying a small twin-engined plane. He and his co-pilot are both former navy
pilots. Nearing the end of the 700-mile flight from Broome, Australia, to Bali, Indonesia, the pilot saw
what appeared to be another airplane; it was on a collision course. He soon saw that it was no plane but a
strange giant flying creature. He put his plane into a dive but the creature did likewise. A quick bank by
the plane prevented a collision. Both the pilot and co-pilot called the creature a "pterodactyl."
The above report of a giant pterosaur that nearly collided with a small plane—that is documented in the book by
Jonathan Whitcomb: Searching for Ropens and Finding God, fourth edition, pages 35-37.
Searching for Ropens and Finding God, fourth edition