Ropen in Long Beach, California

The other day, somebody asked me, on Facebook, if I plan on returning to Papua New Guinea. (Many of my friends know of my ropen expedition in 2004.) I have no plans for visiting that far-away country for a simple reason: sightings are reported within fifty miles of my home in Southern California, even a sighting in my own city…

Possum Upstages Ropen in Lakewood, California

I was recently surprised while examining photos taken by my game camera. It looks somewhat like the tail of a Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur: The camera is set up near where an apparent ropen was observed this past June, in Southern California, so I cannot be blamed for thinking this might have been a small ropen, so close to…

The Ropen of Columbia River Gorge

The following come from some emails that I received, over two years, from an eyewitness who lives in Oregon: My wife and I were coming back from a job at Skamania Lodge on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge.  At the time we lived in the Portland Oregon area, and we were driving back…

California Pterosaur in a Newspaper

An 1891 issue of the Los Angeles Herald newspaper had an article from an earlier California news publication, about reports of “dragons” flying over an area south of Fresno, around Selma. The main headline of the article read “pterodactyls.” (“stewn with feathers” refers to the place where “dragons” attacked birds) According to the Los Angeles Herald…

Horizontal Tail Vane

An eyewitness recently made it clear that the flying creature she had recently observed had a long tail and a horizontal tail vane at tail’s end. I have interviewed this lady several times, face-to-face, during the past two weeks. She appears highly credible. I brought up the subject of tail-vane orientation, and she was positive…

Questionable Scat From Lakewood, California

The droppings could have come from some other creature, not necessarily from the apparent ropen observed in the backyard of a residence in Lakewood, California; but circumstantial evidence points to the possibility that what I now have in my freezer may indeed be poop from a living Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur, strange as that sounds. Addendum The lab results came…

Pterosaurs in Georgia

Sandra Paradise recently gave me permission to use her real name in connection with her sightings near Winder, Georgia. She had previously been anonymous and called “PS” in my cryptozoology book Live Pterosaurs in America. She also gave me permission to display her sketches. Copyright 2008, Sandra Paradise (eyewitness and artist) Quoting from the book: The…

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…

Marfa Lights Explanation

To paraphrase Nicola Tesla, the modern scientist needs, rather than deep thinking, clear thinking. I suggest that investigators need to recognize evidence of intelligence rather than require interpretations involving non-intelligence, regarding the CE-III mystery lights of Marfa, Texas. Car headlight misidentifications are irrelevant. Car headlights do not prove that airplanes cannot produce lights at night, and the CE-III’s are nothing like car…

Pterosaurs and a Joke in San Diego County

A few years ago, before I was fully aware of the significance of reports of sightings of apparent pterosaurs in North America, I received a report from a lady in San Diego County, Califorina. Now I have another report, from another eyewitness, supporting the idea that ropens or ropen-like flying creatures live in Southern California. Last…