Living Pterodactyls


Ropens of the Southwest Pacific

Though people may be shocked that the ropen of Papua New Guinea is consi-dered by some investigators to be a living pterosaur  (and not a Flying Fox

fruit bat), consider the eyewitness evidence, including this account of a man

who was taking a walk with his wife near Perth, Australia, in December, 1997:


“We had been walking in the evening and had just crested a hill and were on the down slope along a major thoroughfare. In the distance I perceived an object in the sky. At this point it was rather indistinct and wondering what it might be I watched it as it approached. Soon I was able to determine that it was some sort of flying creature, and my first thought was that it must be some very large bird. . . it’s progress had brought it closer and while it’s shape did resemble a bird I thought by now that from it’s apparent distance it must be the largest bird I had ever witnessed. I would estimate that at this time it was about a quarter mile north of us and quite high. . . Within a minute or so it had reached our position and was about 250 or 300 feet above us and slightly inland. The area was moderately well lit and I saw that it seemed to be a light reddish-tan color. It did not appear to be covered with feathers but had a leathery texture. Soon after it passed us it flew over a more brightly lit sports area which highlighted even more the leathery appearance also bringing more detail to view. The wings were the most definite leathery feature, they were shaped in a triangular arch, similar to a very elongated shark fin, The body also still appeared leathery, though textured as though possibly covered with fine hair or small scales, the distance preventing any finer observation other than that it was slightly different texture than the wings. . . The creature, during the time we observed it was mostly gliding, there was some wing movement as in a hawk or other bird controlling it’s flight path, but did not flap as a sparrow or other small bird. Whether the creature was predominately a glider, or simply taking advantage or the many air currents near the ocean to rest in flight I also do not know. . . estimated the size to be in excess of thirty foot, possibly as great as fifty foot. My eyes told me it was nearer the greater of these, my rational mind wants me to believe the lesser, since either of these is astounding for a flying creature . . .”


Was it a live pterodactyl? The wife was positive about what she saw:


“I have received many different types of responses since first coming forward and making our sighting public. I have been met with skepticism, to being called an downright liar. At first I was very upset about being called a liar, having been brought up in a family of law and telling the truth was drummed into me from the time I could understand, as a child, and I was simply telling the truth about our sighting. I no longer concern myself with people who call me a liar over this, because I realize that you cannot show a blind man an oil painting.


“ . . . we do know that it was definitely a living creature. . . . I was so totally

shocked, amazed, awed and bewildered at the same time. This was com-

pletely out of the reality I had grown up to know. . . . it has changed me. I

never believed these things existed until that night.


“ . . . in Perth, Western Australia on the coastline around 10:30 pm. We

were walking along Marmion Avenue between the suburbs of Heathridge

and Ocean Reef. This creature could not be written off as a bird as it was

bigger than any bird on the planet, it did not flap it's wings (just glided on

the air current), it had a ruddy reddish brown leathery skin; (we could see

it's underneath as it flew over us at about 300ft up; the glow from all the

ground lighting made that possible), it had a long tail and a wingspan that

we estimated at between 30-50 feet across.


“My husband and I both have talked about what we saw many times since that night in 1997. . . It had  a lizard appearance,  and was  a ruddy  reddish brown colour,  bearing in mind  that all we could see was its dark shape until the ground lighting  hit it,   it was only for maybe  between 5 to 10 seconds . . . but enough time for us to see it was a living creature. I should imagine a creature that size would have had legs and feet, but we didn't see them. It was gliding across the night sky, flying quite low, without a sound.”

Giant Flying Creature, Lizard-like,

Seen over Perth, Australia

Not all eyewitnesses

are anonymous


World War II veteran

Duane Hodgkinson (1944 sighting)

(Papua New Guinea)


Psychologist Brian Hennessy

(1971 sighting)


Cryptozoology and Papua

New Guinea pterosaurs


Leonard of Umboi Island

(Papua New Guinea)


Jonah Jim’s sighting


Pastor Kepas and the seklo-bali


Gideon Koro’s sighting

on Umboi Island, Papua

New Guinea (ropen)


Superstitious assumptions


“Primitive natives” and

the idea of superstition

updated April 4, 2008

Why is the old Flying-Fox explanation now invalid? The ropen reports often include details like “long tail” or “head appendage.”

In addition, the ropen of the Southwest Pacific eats fish and some reports indicate that it glows with intrinsic bioluminescence.

Dragons and




Pterosaurs and


The ropen;

What is it?


in the news

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