Flying Creature Like dinosaurs but flying—those be pterosaurs Creature of the Night by Jonathan David Whitcomb Alive! You have seen a flying creature unlike any bird or bat. It's more like a pterosaur but alive, a "flying dinosaur." What do you do? If you live in the United States, you have the same problem as countless other eyewitnesses of living pterosaurs. Do you call the police? The newspaper? Animal control? A nearby university? A brief reflection makes it obvious: None of those will do. Other American eyewitnesses have been called "crazy" for reporting what they have seen. It’s a cultural problem, a weakness in perspective. The problem is not in the eyewitnesses but in the indoctrination, over generations, that all species of dinosaurs and pterosaurs must have become extinct millions of years ago. That’s the problem. So who do you call? I hope you'll contact me, Jonathan Whitcomb. As far as I know, I am the only person on earth who has devoted anything like a full-time effort, over years, to interview eyewitnesses of apparent living pterosaurs or ropens, promoting the idea that these flying creatures are not extinct but very much alive. As of late-2012, I have written three nonfiction books and one scientific paper (in a peer-reviewed journal) on modern living pterosaurs. I try to be objective with each of the eyewitnesses I interview, with neither a crude skepticism nor an over-zealous acceptance of every- thing that seems to support my previous conclusions. I listen and record what eyewitnesses tell me and always keep their identities a secret until they fully agree to come out of anonymity and have their names made public, always. Creature That Flies in the Night Most of these flying creatures fly at night, although some sightings are in the daylight. Please be aware that a sighting in the day does not mean that what was observed must be a creature normally out in daylight. It may have been frightened out of sleep during the day. It may be a nocturnal creature that was out on that one day. Owl, Bat, or Pterosaur?  In my cryptozoology book Live Pterosaurs in America, I explain concepts related to the glowing creatures of the night, not fireflies but flying creatures much larger: Apparent bioluminescent owls and pterosaurs. Intrinsic bioluminescence in such creatures is controversial, and some biologists would be surprised to learn that some investigators support and write about such things, but the evidence, in eyewitness testimonies, support us. "Giant bat" is not a reasonable explanation, contrary to the vague suggestions of some critics. In Papua New Guinea, the Flying Fox fruit bat is large, to be sure; but that bat is huge only in comparison with some bats. The ropen is much larger, with some of the reports suggesting a wingspan greater than twenty- five feet. No fruit bat has a wingspan much greater than six feet at the very most. And the ropen is said to eat fish on reefs at night. It uses its bioluminescence to attract the fish. Also telling is the tail of the nocturnal ropen. According to the World War II veteran Duane Hodgkinson, the creature he saw had a tail "at least 10-15 feet" long. But the tail movement of the ropen of Umboi Island, Papua New Guiea, has amazed those cryptozoologists who have investigated these flying creatures: It is stiff except at the base, and the tails of Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur fossils show us those creatures had the same tail movement. Nocturnal Flying Creature Giant Bat or Pterosaur? Cryptozoology Book Glowing Creature Living Pterosaurs Copyright 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014  Jonathan David Whitcomb “Gitmo Pterosaur” of Cuba, sketched by eyewitness Patty Carson “Pterodactyl” of Cuba, sketched by eyewitness Eskin Kuhn Searching for Ropens and Finding God --- “The Bible of modern pterosaurs” BUY THIS BOOK NOW on Amazon The following are brief quotations from the nonfiction book Searching for Ropens and Finding God: “The sighting was on the second day of our cruise. We left Miami . . . on Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. We sailed for 2 days before our first stop in Haiti. “. . . around 1 or 2 A.M. my daughter and I returned to our cabin. She went out on the balcony and called me out about 15 minutes later to see something weird. . . . “Off in the distance were two, very, very large, pink/orange fluorescent birds flying behind each other. They looked like the flying dinosaurs, I forget what they are called. They would fly towards the ship, then back out to sea, then fly together in tandem then make a sharp right, away from the ship and disappear into the night. Then they would return. “We witnessed this activity for about 15 minutes. . . . She [the daughter] said before she came in for the camera, the birds flew very close to the balcony. She was mesmerized but a little frightened. . . .”