|Paul Nation of Texas|
By 2006, Paul Nation, of Granbury, Texas, had been to Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea, twice, searching for living pterosaurs. He met many natives who told him about the giant ropen; he never saw one himself. But before the end of that year, Paul would be the first person to bring back to the United States solid video-footage evidence for the bioluminescent creature.
Deep in the mountainous interior of the mainland of Papua New Guinea, two of Paul's associates (native pastor Jacob Kepas and missionary Jim Blume) learned about a large glowing nocturnal creature that seemed like the ropen of Umboi Island. In Tawa Village, it's called "indava."
In mid-2006, after the publication of the first edition of Whitcomb's book "Searching for Ropens," Paul longed to go on another search in Papua New Guinea; but funding was hard to come by. One of the first readers of the book, a businessman in Florida, learned about the possibility of another search for ropens and helped sponsor Paul's late-2006 expeditioin to Tawa Village.
On several nights, Paul had several sightings: some genuine indava lights and a some misidentifications. But he finally videotaped the real thing when two lights on the top of a nearby ridge remained glowing a little longer than the five-to-six-second glow of the Umboi Island ropen.
Back in the U.S., a missile defense physicist, Cliff Paiva, analyzed the video footage and found no commonplace explanation for the lights. This vindicated Paul's work.