Two separate eyewitnesses reported one or more strange flying creatures, a few miles east of Hollywood, in 2013. The sightings were ten weeks apart, just 1.5 miles from each other, and near Griffith Park.
The first witness reported three “dragons” that glided over the Interstate-5 Freeway. The second witness reported one “pterosaur” that glided over that same freeway, but a little further to the south.
Both eyewitnesses reported their encounters to the cryptozoology author Jonathan Whitcomb, who concluded that they had observed the same species. He calls it “ropen.”
According to some cryptozoologists, those flying creatures are descended from what paleontologists call “basal pterosaurs,” the long-tailed ones that were supposed to have become extinct before the more famous “pterodactyls” that are often portrayed in film and on television, in science fiction and fantasy. Whitcomb calls his books about the modern flying creatures “nonfiction.”
How delighted I was, this past March, to receive an eyewitness report of three “dragons” flying over the I-5 freeway in Los Angeles! . . . How delighted I was, earlier this month, to received an eyewitness report of a “pterosaur” flying over that same stretch of freeway just east of Griffith Park!
This morning at about 6 a.m. I saw three “dragons” flying over the 5-North freeway between Griffith Park and Glendale. . . . with a head-body-tail ratio that was certainly not that of a bird. Their wings were long, angular and pointed and their tails had triangular points. They appeared light in color—white, gray or light green. . . .
According to the cryptozoologist Jonathan Whitcomb, “Trust one eyewitness of a plane crash over the imaginations of a hundred professors who’ve agreed how that plane should fly.” He believes eyewitnesses of modern pterosaurs, or at least apparent flying creatures whose descriptions seem to indicate they are pterosaurs.
According to Whitcomb, eyewitnesses from a number of countries have reported similar details, such as non-feathers, long tail, and head crest. Not that Whitcomb himself has ever seen a modern pterosaur, but he proclaims his believe in them because of the eyewitnesses, who have sent him reports from Africa, Europe, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Canada, and the United States.
The latest sighting was by a U. S. Marine in Missouri, who reported a large “pterosaur” that frightened some chickens. The creature had a long tail that had a “diamond shape at the end” and a “cone protruding from behind its head.” With a wingspan of at least “ten feet,” it was no wonder the chickens turned chicken. The eyewitness also reported, “I’ve seen enough documentaries about dinosaurs, watched enough movies about dinosaurs, been to enough museums, seen enough fossils; I know it was a pterosaur.”
The first pterosaur fossil discovery, in 1784 (four years before George Washington was elected president), was decades before Charles Darwin began writing
Fossils experts know about the bones of pterodactyls, but can a cryptozoologist be an expert on modern pterodactyls?
In recent years, several eyewitnesses in Georgia have been shocked to see a living pterosaur, notwithstanding biology textbooks’ declarations about extinctions millions of years ago. But sightings are not confined to Georgia; they have also been reported in surrounding states, in particular Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina.
Sighting in Northern Georgia, July of 2010
“My wife and I were sitting outside when motion from above the tree tops to our left caught my attention. It’s very hard to explain how I felt at that moment. We were looking at two extreamly large birds flying together and heading north towards the NC border.
“Both birds had what I can only guess to be 15-20′ wing spans and the motion of their wings as they flew was very slow. The head was long and ended in a point, wings ended in a point and appeared to be featherless, they had a tail of sorts.”
Reports of living “pterodactyls” in Georgia, during the past seven years, probably relate to sightings of some flying creatures in South Carolina and Florida
On Dec 10, 2012, myself and wife were driving home at around 1:30 am on Briscoe Rd in Loganville, Georgia. As we crested a hill, our light came down across a large flying animal that I instantly thought looked like a pterodactyl
On December 18, 2012, an apparent home video appeared on Youtube, apparently showing a large bird of prey grabbing a toddler in a public park in Montreal, Canada. Skeptics quickly pointed out suspicious elements of the video, including a mother who is too slow in reacting to her baby being carried up into the air. It also seemed suspicious that the mother did not scream and seemed to just slowly jog over towards where the baby was eventually dropped by the eagle.
Other skeptics revealed aspects of the video which severely brought into question its authenticity, strange combinations of shadows and an artificial look to the “toddler” when individual frames were magnified. News professionals were suspicious of the apparent attack when they learned that nobody had reported any problem, to the Montreal police or newspapers, regarding any bird in any park.
Did an eagle actually carry a toddler?
An animation studio in Montreal soon admitted the hoax, for students at their school fabricated the attack with computer-generated models of a bird and a baby. The special effects video was said to have taken 400 student-hours of work.
You’d think small children were no longer safe in city parks. From among those 36 millions viewers, perhaps hundreds of thousands of parents and grandparents became concerned about the safety of toddlers in open areas like that park in the video. It was unfortunate but unnecessary, for the pickup never happened.
The flying creatures were named by the eyewitness “monkey-birds,” not from an appearance resembling any monkey or bird but from the strange sound they make.
The fish called “Manta ray” has recently been suggested as an explanation for sightings of apparent living pterosaurs. Sometimes a big Manta ray will jump out of the water, perhaps even reaching ten feet above the surface. But that misidentification hypothesis falls flat when serious problems come to the surface.
The American cryptozoologists Garth Guessman, Jonathan Whitcomb, and David Woetzel explored Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea, in 2004, interviewing many eyewitnesses of the flying creature the natives call “ropen.” The great majority of sightings were not over the sea but over land. That eliminates Manta rays jumping out of the water. One critical sighting, around 1994, was at Lake Pung, which is surrounded by mountain peaks in the middle of the island, far from the coast. The giant ropen was flying over the surface of the lake, but that lake has no access to the sea or any other large body of water. It’s an isolated crater lake.
Some natives of Umboi Island told two of the American explorers that the empty shells of giant clams, found far inland, up above the sea, were carried there by the ropen. No Manta ray fish could do such a thing.
Another sighting involved two pilots of a small plane flying away from the northwest coast of Australia. They nearly collided with a huge flying creature that the pilot first thought was an oncoming plane. The pilot realized it was no plane when it flapped its wings. That sighting was thousands of feet above the sea, eliminating a Manta ray fish interpretation.
What about the 1965 sighting by Patty Carson? This was close to the sea, at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But the “dinosaur” that Patty and her brother watched on one particular day was sitting upright in tall grass before it flapped its wings and flew away.
The critical point is that the man who witnessed the sighting of two apparent pterosaurs was in a CITY, not in a boat. And he saw two of the creatures flying together. That eliminates that sighting regarding Manta rays that leap out of the sea.