Since the 1990′s, when Young Earth Creationists first began exploring Umboi Island, the ropen had been elusive, usually refusing even a distant view of its pterosaurian qualities. In the 2002 expedition by Paul Nation and his son Nathanael, there was no sighting. But each of the two expeditions of 2004 resulted in a sighting, although both were at a distance and only involved the flying light. No pterosaur features were observed.
No American-led expedition on Umboi Island has there been since 2004, but in 2009 a native of Tarawe Village was a student at a university on the mainland. During one of his trips between the city of Lae and Umboi Island, he and several others saw the ropen on the south coast of the island, although only its tail was above the surface of the water when they passed by in the banana boat. The ropen still lives there.
I saw that its tail is about 6-7 meters long [about twenty feet long] with sharp diamond shape. It was an awesome scenerio.
It was around 1994 when the seven “boys” (probably in their early teens) climbed up to Lake Pung. Soon after they had arrived, the ropen flew down to just above the surface of the crater lake.
She looked up to see a strange winged creature that immediately flew off, startled by the human who had suddenly come out from under the nearby gazebo.