Sighting in Raleigh, North Carolina

I was going over a report of a pterosaur sighting in North Carolina and noticed similarities with Susan Wooten’s sighting in South Carolina. There are also differences.

Date of Sighting

  • NC: March 23, 2013
  • SC: about fall of 1989

Size of Flying Creature in Wingspan

  • NC: 5-6 feet
  • SC: 12-15 feet

Feathers or not

  • NC: “NO feathers”
  • SC: “NO feathers”

Conditions and Time

  • NC: driving on a highway at sundown
  • SC: driving on a highway at about 3 p.m.

How High Above Highway?

  • NC: “about 7 or 8 feet off the ground”
  • SC: “probably 20 ft or so” (above the highway)

Tail Details

  • NC: “a LONG tail with a spade at the end”
  • SC: “long, long tail”

Head of Flying Creature

  • NC: “enormous pointed beak, with a pointed top of it’s head.”
  • SC: “Big thing coming out of its forehead like a boomerang, and also the same in the back.”


We could just as well compare this sighting in North Carolina with other sightings in the eastern states of the USA. Many eyewitnesses have reported a large flying creature with a long tail but no feathers. Some report a “diamond” or similar structure at tail-end, and some report a head crest.

The March-2013 sighting in North Carolina needs to be taken in perspective in relation to other sightings in North America. Details in these reports need to be compared and evaluated.

Pterosaur Sighting in North Carolina

 When somebody reports a pterosaur sighting in Raleigh, North Carolina, we can expect objections from skeptics. That’s what we got earlier this year, on a musicians’ forum.

Pterosaur Sightings in North Carolina and Spain

 . . . saw something HUGE above me in the sky.  It looked like a pale greenish white and smooth-skinned. It didn’t appear to have any feathers, and it had the tail with the diamond shape on the end.


Cover of the third edition of "Live Pterosaurs in America" by Whitcomb

Live Pterosaurs in America (nonfiction cryptozoology book)

From page 124 of the book:

“I saw two pterosaurs . . . flying together at low altitude, perhaps 100 feet, very close in range from where I was standing, so that I had a perfectly clear view of them. . . .

The rhythm of their large wings was very graceful, slow, and yet they were flying and not merely gliding . . .”

The marine observed details, later recording them in his sketch: The head was large in proportion, with a large head crest; the short “hind legs” were attached to the trailing part of the wings; the vertebrae were noticeable; the end of the tail had a “tuft of hair.”