Official Site for “Live Pterosaurs in America”

The new official web site for the second edition of Live Pterosaurs in America is up. I think the banner is more attractive than the one on the old site. The home page is heavily promotional for selling the book; but another page, “Pterosaurs in the United States,” has some details about eyewitness sightings, quoting from the book:

“The flight destination may have  been this meadow near Campus  Drive.” The eyewitness described the  dark giant flying creature as “30 feet  long, with 15-16 feet of that being a  tail.” It flew low over a road, near  California State University at Irvine  (in Southern California). The giant  size, long tail, and obvious lack of  any feathers made it very like the  ropen of Papua New Guinea.

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Pterosaurs or Glowing Owls in Marfa

More keeps coming up regarding the Marfa Lights of Texas. An older page reveals a remarkable encounter with the “ghost lights” in early 1973.

Wright and Kenney . . . stopped at a high place on the road, turned off
the engine and waited.  Three horses, about 200 feet west of the car
suddenly started running and acting in a wild manner.  At this precise
moment, they observed two lights moving rapidly from the southwest to
the northeast, almost at right angles to the road.

The eyewitnesses described an intelligence that seemed to guide the lights.

They both had the distinct impression that it [the flying light] knew exactly where they [Wright and Kennedy] were and that it was just daring them to chase it.

An intelligent-looking flight of low-elevation lights suggests two things: barn owls (Tyto Alba, known as Min Mins in Australia and studied by the Australian author Fred Silcock) and ropens (Rhamphornynchoid pterosaurs commonly reported in Papua New Guinea).

This sighting report was recorded soon after the encounters, and this was in 1973: years before anyone thought about barn owls or pterosaurs being responsible for the strange flying lights of southwest Texas. Pat Kennedy and Elwood Wright had been working in that part of Texas and decided to investigate and see if they could observe any of the strange lights for themselves.

Other eyewitnesses have described an intelligence that seems to be involved with the way those strange lights fly around. Bioluminescent predators seems a reasonable explanation, notwithstanding it is controversial to mention the possibility of scientifically unclassified glowing creatures, bird or pterosaur.

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Glowing Predators Gain Publicity

The concept of nocturnal bioluminescent flying predators has gained ground with some American bloggers. The national press release earlier this week (“Unmasking a Flying Predator in Texas“) brought out the comments, some negative, some positive. The point is that these creatures around Marfa, Texas, may be related to the ropen of Papua New Guinea, and the ropen is believed to be a modern pterosaur.

I’d like to mention one blog in particular, “Frann’s Plan,” with the post titled “Bioluminescent Flying Predators.” I like some of the positive comments:

I do dearly love the Marfa Lights and hope everyone gets to see them at sometime in their life . . . the thought of  bioluminescent flying predators [has] just got my poor brain spinning…I have to go again!

I’d also like to quote some of the original press release, although the mention of “pterosaur” comes only at the end of the article. It was written by Jonathan Whitcomb.

The mystery lights of Marfa, Texas, have entertained residents with their strange dancing. . . .  a ball of light seems to split into two, which will separate and fly away from each other before turning around and flying back together.

It may take awhile for scientists to get detailed night-video to prove or dispove this hypothesis of bioluminescent predators in Marfa, Texas. Until then, I will continue to hope.

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Marfa Lights of Texas

The true Mystery Lights (ML) of Marfa, Texas, also called “ghost lights,” differ greatly from the car headlights that some declare as an explanation for all the reports of strange lights in this region of Texas. Many of the true ML often fly where there are no roads, and they behave differently than even a “night mirage” of car headlights, dancing in a way that suggests an intelligent source for them.

I do not disparage the intelligence of those college students who did a scientific study of car headlights near Marfa, some years ago. The experiment itself was probably a success, and the conclusion appeared reasonable. But this did not prove the nonexistence of mysterious lights in this part of Texas. Does anyone presume that it disproved the existence of strange lights here? If it did, then it also disproved that airplanes can fly at night with lights; it also disproved that meteors can glow when they fall into our atmosphere. No, that experiment by college students only demonstrated that it is possible for a person to see car headlights and mistake them for something unusual. It did not even prove that most reported sightings are misidentified car headlights.

A UFO from another planet is not the answer, for it would require an extraordinary intelligence to fly here from another solar system, and flying over the bushes around Marfa several times a year is not a sign of extraordinary intelligence.

Some predators use exceptional intelligence in hunting. One of these is the Orca, or “Killer Whale.” Some groups have learned a special technique for disabling a Great White Shark: Grab the shark, then turn it upside down to put it to sleep. Talk about intelligence in predators! That makes it much safer for the Orcas to kill a large shark.

What about intelligent nocturnal flying creatures? One chapter in the new nonfiction book Live Pterosaurs in America, second edition, brings out this characteristic in the behavior of the Marfa Lights. The dancing behavior may be from the creatures’ hunting Big Brown Bats. That would explain why the lights leave the area for a few weeks but always return later in the year: Predators often travel in groups, returning periodically to the same hunting areas. If Marfa Lights were from non-living things like tectonic stress, they would not return regularly in this fashion.

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What Attracts Pterosaurs To Texas?

Why are there so many reported sightings of modern pterosaurs in Texas? Perhaps it’s just the large land area, giving the flying creatures more places to hunt and hide.

I’m interested in a report of a 1982 sighting in Los Fresnos, Texas. An ambulance driver or technician, James Thompson, of Harlingen, Texas, was reported to have seen a “large birdlike object” flying about 150 feet above Highway 100 at about 4:00 a.m., in September of that year. At first, he presumed it was a model glider, but he then saw it flap its wings to remain in the air. He described it as dark, with a rough texture, something like a “hide—type covering.” It had no feathers. The wingspan he estimated at five to six feet. It had no neck but something like a hump on the back of its head. He eventually labeled the flying creature: “pterosaur.”

If my information is correct, this story was printed in the Valley Morning Star, the local Rio Grande newspaper. It merits looking into.

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New Book Nearly Published

The second edition of Live Pterosaurs in America is about to be published. The front cover and a few excerpts are now available online, althought the book itself may not appear on Amazon until December [A later-added note: the book came up on Amazon late Nov 23, 2010]. I here include an eyewitness sighting not found in the first edition of the book, an encounter by a boy who, now as a man, has allowed his name to be included: Aaron Tullock.

“I saw a featherless flying animal with a wingspan of about 4 1/2 to 5 feet and a long tail with a diamond type shape at the tip of it. No hair or feathers anywhere, just leathery reptile type skin. . . . The animal had bumps down its back, feet with longish toes, and long black claws like an osprey has for grasping fish . . .”

One thing strange about this sightings is the manner of flight for the creature. It was hovering just a few feet above the ground, and this lasted for some time. This was in Texas.

Regarding the front cover of the book, take note that the image of that pterosaur is part of the sketch by Eskin Kuhn, the eyewitness of two pterosaurs at the Guantanamo military base in Cuba, in 1971. We in the cryptozoology world are indebted to Mr. Kuhn for this detailed rendition of what he encountered, and thank goodness for this man’s artistic expertise, for we don’t yet have any clear photograph of a modern pterosaur.

front cover of the non-fiction book Live Pterosaurs in America

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Pterosaurs in Arkansas and Texas

No precise publication date is yet available for the second edition of Jonathan Whitcomb’s nonfiction “Live Pterosaurs in America,” but the book will have at least one eyewitness account of a sighting in Arkansas, and several in Texas. The latest guess is that the book will be on sale around late November or early December, 2010, at least available on Amazon.com.

Arkansas Pterosaur

. . . probably 1982 when me and my older brother were sitting in our carport at Union Village Apartments, in Texarkana, AR. . . . we saw what we believe to be a [pterodactyl]. The wingspan seemed to be about 25’ to 30’ ft wide. . . . I do believe eventually one of these creatures will be captured or found right here in the USA.

*We were very used to the normal nightly activities of the area. We knew what the local birds and bats looked like . . . My dad and I had, on several occasions, noticed bats flying right near our heads . . . the creature was flying just above the phone lines. It would go one direction, turn, and swoop back. The shape was wrong for any large bird of the area, and the size was much too large to be any bat.
This was frightening. I get little chills just writing about it now. . . . we have debated and discussed all sorts of possibilities about what we saw that night.

(*From the nonfiction book Live Pterosaurs in America)

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Pterosaurs in Georgia and South Carolina

Modern Pterosaur in Georgia

Georgia is not far from South Carolina, and reports of modern living pterosuars have come from both states. In the book Live Pterosaurs in America, by Jonathan Whitcomb, one anonymous eyewitness described in detail the two flying creatures that she had observed on two different mornings, as she was driving to work to a nearby town.

I live in a small town in northeast Georgia, called Winder . . . On August 27, [2008] I woke up very early in the morning . . . I had driven less than ten miles from the house. . . . and suddenly an animal flew out from my right . . . it flew directly in front of my car . . . the shape of the tail . . .  was very long with a shape on the end. . . . head that was curved, like a hammer; the head had a crest on the top that was solid, not feathery at all . . . I was floored. I knew what it was. I couldn’t believe what it was. But I knew what it was.

Modern Pterosaurs in South Carolina

I say “pterosaurs” because more than one sighting has been reported in South Carolina. The sighting by Susan Wooten is well-publicized online, although still little known in traditional news media. That South Carolina pterosaur sighting may relate to the following sighting.

It was huge, as big as a plane, and looked very similar to the sketch created by Susan Wooten on your website. . . . a huge pterodactyl looking creature, flying very high in the sky. The strangest thing about the sighting was how slow the wings were flapping and how high it was flying. . . . Years later in college, I was having some beers with some friends and somehow one of them ended up blurting out that he saw a pterodactyl. I told him I had seen one too . . . if this creature I saw, or its offspring are still
alive, then someone will get it on film eventually.

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Two Humans See Two Pterosaurs in Florida

I am fascinated by another report of what seem to be pterosaurs in the United States. According to the nonfiction book Live Pterosaurs in America, a man in Florida saw, in 2008, at about 2:30 a.m., two small pterosaurs flying over houses in the neighborhood. The man’s friend also saw the creatures that had no feathers, a pointed beak, and a “long pointed thing protruding from the back of its head.” The man making the report also said, “We were not drinking or on drugs.”

For a lone eyewitness, a testimony of observing a living pterosaur at 2:30 a.m. might be dismissed as a dream; but two eyewitnesses would not both dream a pterosaur and than both forget waking up. In addition, this night involved two flying creatures, not one. The second apparent pterosaur appeared soon after the first one and flew in another direction. This looks to me like a solid testimony, giving credence to the idea that these two men saw two modern pterosaurs.

But this Florida sighting may be related to other encounters in the Southeast. The sightings as a whole make an accumulated case for the possibility of modern living pterosaurs.

I know that Georgia seems a bit off topic, but the eyewitness in Winder, Georgia, also had two sightings, although they were separated by days, rather than by seconds in the Florida case. I’ll quote from the web page in question:

The sightings were just this past summer (2008). From the drawings the lady sent to me, I am calling this apparent pterosaur “Hammerhead Ropen.” The head appendage is somewhat similar to that of the creatures seen by Hodgkinson and Hennessy; but the beak and the appendage seem more like one continuous head-structure. The head-appendage has a somewhat curved shape. Both beak and head-appendage are more blunt than is in the sketches of the Hodgkinson-Hennessy creatures.

I don’t say that the Georgia creatures were of the same species as the Florida ones. The size difference is great. But there may be some relationship, for the environment is similar and the descriptions both strongly suggest a Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur.

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Ohio Pterosaurs

I know that pterosaurs, or at least creatures resembling them, have been reported across the United States, with eyewitnesses interviewed by cryptozoologists that have included Jonathan Whitcomb and Ken Gerhard. Several accounts come from Ohio.

Antwerp, Ohio, is where one young man saw long-tailed pterosaurs on two consecutive summers: “huge . . . about 4.5 ft. tail, 10 ft. from head to end of tail. long skinny tail with a spade.” It was the hottest time of the summer afternoon when the sightings took place.

More recently, in fact in June of 2010, a lady reported a “pterodactyl” that flew right in front of her car at night. In her own words, “I was driving on Route 309, just outside of Kenton, Ohio, perfectly clear night [full moon] . . . I had a creature swoop down and glide over my hood of my car. It glided smoothly and looked like a Pterodactyl, and I thought to myself, ‘What the . . . ‘ . . . as it smoothly flew into a thick area of trees . . . I could see almost the bones in its wings but I did NOT see feathers at all.”

This “pterodactyl” sighting in Ohio, near Kenton, brings to mind another sighting, for another lady had seen a similar creature, but in daylight, flying in a remote area of South Carolina. In that sighting, a driver saw a giant pterosaur, or pterosaur-like animal, fly right in front of her car.

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