Jumping Manta Ray Fish

On his blog Frontiers of Biology, Dale Drinnon recently suggested that “many” sightings of apparent pterosaurs were misidentifications of Manta ray fish that jump out of the sea and up into the air. But that conjecture quickly falls flat when we examine sighting details. The Four Key Sightings in the Southwest Pacific In the nonfiction…

Hoax or Pterosaur?

I have sometimes observed, in the writing of critics or skeptics, a fondness for throwing together “hoax” and “misidentification.” I now think that misidentifications are more likely than hoaxess, for those reports that are less credible, but the large majority of sightings that are reported to me from emails are credible reports, with no major sign…

Largest Pterosaur

What was the largest apparent pterosaur (living cryptid, not fossil bones) ever reported by an eyewitness? The Perth Creature (1997)? The Lake Pung Ropen (about 1994)? The Hodgkinson Pterodactyl (1944)? No eyewitness has ever measured one directly, so who can say? But it seems obvious, when we consider all of the most credible accounts together, that some living…

Searching for Dragons

The third edition of Searching for Ropens will be retitled “Searching for Dragons,” with an official publication date that will probably be early in 2012. Some of the revisions are extensive. I here quote from the present version of this edition, from the first two paragraphs of the first chapter. It looked like a dead pterodactyl,…

Vegetarian Pterosaurs Near Singapore?

I’ve written many posts, probably more than anyone else, on what modern living pterosaurs may be eating, from the ropen that is said to eat seafood on the reefs around Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea, at night, to the pterosaurs that probably eat bats in North America, also at night. But the email I received a few…

Pterosaur in Australia and New Zealand

For years I have maintained the possibility of multiple species of long-tailed pterosaurs still living in various countries of the world. It now seems obvious that at least one species lives in Australia and probably also in New Zealand, for eyewitness accounts have accumulated; it seems unlikely that these giant long-tailed pterosaurs are all stragglers from Papua New…