Ropens Living Around the World
Sketch by Eskin Kuhn
The ropen is a long-tailed pterosaur, a modern Rhamphorhynchoid type
Copyright 2016 Jonathan David Whitcomb
Sightings in the cryptozoology
book Searching for Ropens and
Finding God (fourth edition)
“I had an insight: Only one giant ropen lives
full-time in the interior of Umboi Island. That
is why there is only one ropen light seen at
one time and why it is seen only
occasionally, although that explanation for
the insight would become more clear a few
weeks later, when a native would tell
Guessman and Woetzel that the ropen is
seen as one light, never as two lights at the
same time.” (page 91)
“An older woman, Batsima, wife of Ake
Stani, told Woetzel of an encounter the
Tarawe villagers had with the ropen. Peter
Ake interpreted. One night, about two years
earlier, the creature landed on a big tree on
the edge of the village.
“Batsima: 'It was seen on the big tree . . .
behind the village.'
“Woetzel: 'Did it land there?'
“It landed there for awhile . . . the light was
illuminating the village and when the people
noticed it, after a couple of seconds, when
they came out . . . it started flying away . . .
from the trees, he moved down towards the
“So his light was shining the whole time
while he was sitting there?
“While he was sitting on the tree.
“Was it as bright as the moon?
“Kind of like a bright lantern lamp but so
much more brighter.
“The Tarawe Villagers saw no body shape,
only the bright ... light.” (page 104)
“The eyewitness was reportedly visiting the
village of Yallapa, near Puerto Vallarta,
Mexico, where a dense jungle stretches
down to the coast. He said he observed, “a
huge black bird-like creature [coming] from
the more mountainous region . . . toward the
ocean . . . palm trees that were 40 to 50 feet
high looked very small [from that distance],
yet even though the creature was at the
same distance, it looked very big.” He
estimated the wingspan about equal to the
length of the taller of the palm trees, around
30-40 feet.” (page 163)
Many other pterosaur sighting reports you’ll
find in the fourth edition of the cryptozoology
book Searching for Ropens and Finding
God (nonfiction paperback available online)
“Hi, Jonathan [Whitcomb]. Thank you so
much for writing back to me, I wasn’t sure
you would. I do appreciate it.
“I live in a small town in northeast Georgia,
called Winder . . . (I was a little hesitant to . .
. mention being from Georgia because I
don’t want anyone to think uh-oh, has she
got Bigfoot in the freezer too?) . . .”
[Comment from Whitcomb] “Fifteen miles of
her commute is on a two-lane 55-mph road
through woods alternating with pastures;
This part of Highway 82 has few houses and
almost no stop signs. I presume her
description of the country is typical of
northwest Georgia: dense pine forests with
some hardwood trees.
“Commuting to work, she usually drives into
the morning sun, with the car visor down,
but it was unnecessary on August 27
[because of tropical storm Fay in the
summer of 2008]. She had driven less than
ten miles, just leaving an area of pasture,
entering an area of thick woods, around a
mild downhill curve, with high banks and
brush on each side of the road, when an
animal suddenly flew from the right, just
over the front of her car. Although alone, she
yelled, ‘What the --- what --- what is that?’
She was stunned.
“She looked up at a 'very long' tail that had a
strange shape at the end. . . .”
Wildlife sanctuary in
Sketches used by two
Americans in an expedition
(for questioning natives)
Compare the sketch of the
ropen (bottom) with that
of the Sordes pilosus
Searching for Ropens and
Finding God (nonfiction)
Sighting in the smaller book
Live Pterosaurs in America
(third edition, another paperback)
Live Pterosaurs in
America (3rd edition)