Archive for the ‘Paranormal’ category

Pterodactyls in San Diego

January 23rd, 2012

According to one of the two eyewitnesses of the large flying creatures, they had long tails and wingspans around 20-30 feet, as they flew only about a hundred feet above San Diego, California, in November of 2011. The tails were long and straight. The first creature was flying only about 30-40 yards high. No sound was heard from the creatures but the sighting may have been too near a freeway for the eyewitnesses to have heard anything from the two apparent pterodactyls.

Two Pterosaurs in San Diego

The men first noticed just one long-tailed creature, as it came gliding in from the direction of the ocean, but it was soon met by another one. . . . Although the moon helped light up the creatures, it was not possible to be sure whether or not they had feathers. The color was like golden brown, where color was discernable.

On the Track of Pterodactyls

November 28th, 2011

Continuing on the subject of still-breathing pterosaurs, commonly called “pterodactyls,” we have something from the Orange County Weekly, by way of KSN News:

Tracking Pterodactyls

“Jonathan Whitcomb is actually based in Long Beach, where as a cryptozoology author he offers an explanation of the mystery lights of Marfa, Texas, and Papua New Guinea. Human inhabitants in both places have observed in the sky balls of light that seem to split into two, fly away from each other and then turn around and fly back together.

 

“Such sights have produced legends about dancing devils or ghosts and scientific explanations involving lightning or earthlights. Whitcomb has a far different explanation: bioluminescent predators flying together until they notice an increased presence of insects.

 

“The pterodactyls–which are actually known as pterosaurs–then split up because their meal of choice–big brown bats–feed on insects. When the brown bats, known as Eptesicus fuscus, start feeding on the insects, the pterosaurses bear down on the bats from opposite sides. . . .”

Paleontologist Comments on Pterosaurs

. . . “Is it possible that at least a few of those thousands of discovered pterosaur fossils actually prevented the strata from being dated as post-Cretaceous?” . . . inadvertant circular reasoning in this assumption that all pterosaur fossils have been from ancient life?

 

The problem with getting an objective evaluation of this fossil dating is in the deeply-entrenched assumption of pterosaur extinction and the assumption that they only lived many millions of years ago. That could have influenced the dating of some of the strata from which the pterosaur fossils were taken, invalidating the claim that all those fossils had been proven to be ancient.

What Do You Call a Strange Flying Creature?

July 6th, 2011

A recent report of a strange flying creature near Tacoma, Washington, has raised a question: What do you call a large flying creature that appears to be neither bird nor bat? That eyewitness in Washington called it a “monkey bird” because of the strange vocal call that it made.

Of course, with other sightings in other parts of the United States, we can call a pterosaur the obvious “pterosaur,” but what do American eyewitnesses call it?

What is interesting is the accumulation of eyewitness accounts of the creatures, regardless of what people call them.

One man who calls it a “pterodactyl” is Duane Hodgkinson, a flight instructor in Livingston, Montana. This World War II veteran was stationed near Finschhafen, New Guinea, in 1944. He and his buddy walked into a clearing, and into cryptozoological history when they saw a large creature fly up into the air. The soldiers soon realized that it was no bird that started to circle the clearing, for its tail was “at least ten to fifteen feet long,” and a long appendage stuck out the back of its head: apparently, a live pterosaur, although Hodgkinson said “pterodactyl.” Jonathan Whitcomb, a forensic videographer and cryptozoology author, interviewed Hodgkinson, in 2004, and found his testimony credible. In 2005, Garth Guessman, another investigator of “ropens” in Papua New Guinea, video-taped the old veteran in Montana. The session was analyzed by Whitcomb, who became even more convinced the World War II veteran was telling the truth: The man had seen a living pterosaur, regardless of what people call it.

New Report of Modern Pterosaur in Cuba (Guantanamo Bay)

May 20th, 2011

An eyewitness of a long-tailed featherless flying creature has recently come forward: Patty Carson of Southern California. She witnessed the “Gitmo Pterosaur” when she was a child, on the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, in 1965. Jonathan Whitcomb, the cryptozoologist who interviewed her, believes the flying creature is related to the kongamato of Africa.

Patty Carson described the encounter:

I was only a child when I saw it. . . . around six years old. My brother George was with me, but he was only around four. We were walking down near the boat yards, headed home. We lived . . . by the radio tower. . . . Where it was sandy . . . scrub vegetation around four feet tall . . . There were some stagnant pools here and there, a few inches deep . . . We were walking through that scrub area, and suddenly it sat up, as if it had been eating something or resting. The head and upper part of its body, about a third of the wings at the joint . . . showed. . . . about thirty feet away. All of us froze for about five seconds, then it leaned to its left and took off with a fwap fwap fwap sound . . . and flew to its left and disappeared behind trees and terrain. . . . It did have a tail and it had a diamond shaped tip . . . The skin was a leathery, brownish reddish color. It had little teeth, a LOT of them.

 

We went home and I was ALL excited to tell my family I had seen a dinosaur, but they all poo poo’d me and started to tell me it was a pelican or frigate bird. NO WAY! It was as tall as a man when it stood up on it haunches. It was close. It froze for a few seconds so I got a good look. When we were kids we lived in Arlington (dad worked in the Pentagon) and we would often go
to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, and when I saw it I knew exactly that it was a pterodactyl, and even named it as such to my family. They didn’t believe me. I know what I saw. I know exactly what I saw.

Carson’s report resembles the one by a U. S. Marine, Eskin C. Kuhn, who watched two similar creatures fly by at Guantanamo Bay, six years after Carson’s sighting:

Pterosaurs in Cuba

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

 

Mr. Kuhn had assumed that the two long-tailed pterosaurs he observed were exceptional cases and that short tails were what would be expected of modern living pterosaurs. That was before his 2010 interview with cryptozoologist Jonathan Whitcomb. Most sightings do involve long tails.

Kongamato Pterodactyl

Before considering the origin of the word “kongamato,” we need to evaluate what witnesses have seem to have seen, regardless of what they call the flying creature. How can two freshwater stingrays fly slowly, directly over ones head? They cannot. It is possible for one stingray to jump out of a river, however uncommon that may be, but never two overhead, flying slowly. How can a freshwater stingray have a head that looks like “an elongated snout of a dog?” It cannot. But a pterosaur, called by some people “pterodactyl,” may appear as described by J. P. F. Brown, according to his report, regardless of whether or not someone else had once seen a freshwater stingray and called it “kongamato.”

Dinosaur Bird

Of course “dinosaur bird” is incorrect in a scientific sense, for a pterosaur is neither dinosaur nor bird. But an eyewitness like Patty Carson probably said something similar when she, as a child who had just seen a  live pterosaur in Cuba, reported her encounter to her family. In more recent years, a man in Richmond, Virginia, reported a “dinosaur bird” after he looked through a telescope.

Mysterious Marfa Lights of Texas

April 25th, 2011

Circumstantial evidence seems to be mounting for the possibility that bioluminescent flying predators may be responsible for sightings of Mara Lights in southwest Texas.

According to the research of James Bunnell, author of the nonfiction book Hunting Marfa Lights, those truly mysterious flying lights do not appear at the same location in this remote high desert area except on consecutive nights. This fits well with the hypothesis of glowing flying creatures that are predators.

Analysis of some of the detailed data accumulated by Bunnell shows that the truly strange Marfa Lights appear more often on warmer or more moderate nights, rather than on colder nights. This supports the idea that they are a group of intelligent flying predators that hunt as a pack.

Are Marfa Lights Glowing Pterosaurs?

Now a cryptozoologist from California has explained the dancing lights of Marfa. Tales of spooks may hold a spark of truth, for recent research implies intelligence directs the lights: Bioluminescent flying predators may be hunting at night and catching a few unlucky Big Brown Bats: Eptesicus fuscus.

. . . Although Whitcomb admits that Marfa Lights may come from an unknown bioluminescent bird or bat, he says, “It is more likely than not from a creature similar to the ropen of Papua New Guinea, and my associates and I are sure about the ropen: It is a pterosaur.”

Marfa Lights, What Causes Them

“Soon after dark we saw two strange lights on a compass-bearing almost due south [from us]. These lights pulsed independently and seemed to follow a randomly timed sequence that, in most cases, went from dark to relatively dim, flared to a higher level of brightness, then dimmed and eventually went out. Sometimes both lights would be on at the same time.”

Although the author of Hunting Marfa Lights, James Bunnell, does not write about the flying-predator possibility, many of the sighting reports in his book led Jonathan Whitcomb, the author of Live Pterosaurs in America (second edition) to believe flying predators are the answer.

Live Pterosaur in North Carolina?

February 7th, 2011

After this anonymous eyewitness read about a report of a sighting of an apparent pterosaur flying over St. Louis, she realized it may have been similar to what she had seen in October of 2010. This was an apparent pterosaur in North Carolina. She reported:

I was driving home from dropping a friend off at school.  When I was almost home (passed the Food Lion on Commerce Rd, going towards Country Club Rd in Jacksonville, NC), I 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.

Knowable News had previously reported a sighting of a possible pterosaur in South Carolina:

I saw a pterosaur in Clinton, SC when I was 15 or 16 while at a soccer camp at Presbyterian College in 1994 or 1995. . . . It was huge, as big as a plane . . . I saw a huge pterodactyl-looking creature, flying very high in the sky. The strangest thing . . . how slow the wings were flapping and how high it was flying . . .

Are Marfa Lights Glowing Predators?

December 30th, 2010

The famous Marfa Lights of southwest Texas have received recent attention from the Houston Chronicle, one of the largest newspapers in the United States and the largest in Texas. The original idea for the article by Claudia Feldman came from a press release promoting a new nonfiction book on cryptozoology, but the staff writer seems to have gotten carried away in dismissing any notion that “dinosaurs” are still flying over a remote area of Texas.

The original press release, “Unmasking a Flying Predator in Texas,” by Jonathan Whitcomb, gives an overview of the Marfa Lights, explaining why the local human residents have called them “dancing devils” and “ghosts.”

Now a cryptozoologist from California has explained the dancing lights of Marfa. Tales of spooks may hold a spark of truth, for recent research implies intelligence directs the lights: Bioluminescent flying predators may be hunting at night and catching a few unlucky Big Brown Bats: Eptesicus fuscus.

. . . Although Whitcomb admits that Marfa Lights may come from an unknown bioluminescent bird or bat, he says, “It is more likely than not from a creature similar to the ropen of Papua New Guinea, and my associates and I are sure about the ropen: It is a pterosaur.”

The Houston Chronicle staff writer chose to use the word “dinosaurs,” dismissing the hypothesis of Whitcomb:

While Whitcomb has been effective in broadcasting his views, he acknowledges that he has no scientific training, has never been to Marfa and has not seen the creatures whose patterns and habits he attempts to describe. He did make a trip to Papua New Guinea to investigate flying predators there but saw none.

But the HC staff writer neglected a few critical points, setting herself up for a lengthy response from Whitcomb:

Over the past seven years, I have received emails (from eyewitnesses of apparent living pterosaurs) from various parts of the world: Australia, Papua New Guinea, Europe, Africa, and elsewhere. But most of the reports come from Americans: Many sightings have been in California, Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kansas, and in other states. More reports come from California and Texas than from any other two states.

Most of those persons appear to be credible, notwithstanding their accounts of seeing incredible flying creatures (one eyewitness is a professional psychologist; one is a scientist, several are plane pilots). A significant portion of the sightings have been in Texas.

The Houston Chronicle staff writer seems to have neglected to mention anything about eyewitness sightings of apparent pterosaurs flying over Texas. The point of Whitcomb’s book, Live Pterosaurs in America, and the press release promoting it is this: Eyewitnesses report these strange flying creatures across the United States, including Texas.

Giant Pterosaur in South Carolina

September 27th, 2010

Of course this account brings to mind the pterosaur sighting by Susan Wooten, also in South Carolina. Her giant flying creature, also seen in daylight, also very large, also appeared featherless. This new eyewitness remains anonymous, but we’ll examine his testimony.

I saw a pterosaur in Clinton, SC when I was 15 or 16 while at a soccer camp at Presbyterian College in 1994 or 1995. . . . It was huge, as big as a plane . . . I saw a huge pterodactyl-looking creature, flying very high in the sky. The strangest thing . . . how slow the wings were flapping and how high it was flying. . . . Years later in college . . . [a friend] ended up blurting out that he saw a pterodactyl. I told him I had seen one too . . . Seeing Susan Wooten’s story on your website further reinforces my belief in what I saw. . . . I periodically search for stuff about pterodactyls on the internet. This time I searched “pterosaur sightings south carolina”, and [a] site popped up. [Wooten sighting].

We should pay attention to these sightings in this part of the United States. If only someone would have a camera ready when one of the creatures flys by in daylight!

Flying Dinosaurs

August 25th, 2010

We have been taught that giant flying creatures soared overhead long ago. We could call them “dinosaur birds,” but that would be technically incorrect: They were pterosaurs, and they came in two varieties: long-tailed and short-tailed. They’re also called “pterodactys,” but that is also incorrect. Say “tear-uh-sore,” and spell it “pterosaur.”

But dinosaur birds (pterosaurs) seem to have soared overhead not so long ago. In fact one of them could fly over your house tomorrow night; I say “night,” for most of them seem to be nocturnal. They are seen rarely, for they are anything but common. When they are seen in the United States, the main danger to the eyewitness is not being attacked by the pterosaur, it is being ridiculed by those who hear about the sighting.

Live Pterosaur in Ohio

. . . The creature was reported “chasing sparrows as it flew over the Route 49 bridge near Antwerp, Ohio.” [reported in a local newspaper in Antwerp]

The challenge faced by most . . . eyewitnesses of apparent living pterosaurs in the United States (Ohio, or Kentucky, or any other state) is this: Who can you tell? Our culture frowns on reporting anything like a live dinosaur or live pterosaur . . .

Ghost Lights or Flying Dinosaurs?

So how do glowing owls relate to reports of live pterodactyls? In Papua New Guinea, the ropen is seen usually from a distance at night. How is it seen? It glows, sometimes brightly, as it flies. How can anyone conclude that it is a pterosaur? When it is seen up close, it is seen to be one.

Another strange flying creature in California

June 28th, 2010

From the blog Live Pterosaurs in America, the post “Flying Creature in Los Angeles” says:

Flying only about 300 feet above the heads of two astonished humans . . . the creature appeared to have a wingspan of 10-20 feet. Also astonishing was the faint glow that led one of the eyewitnesses to connect the creature with the ropen of Papua New Guinea.

The sighting was in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles County, in 2009. The two eyewitnesses seemed to be credible.

California Pterosaurs Still Living (a different sighting, also early 21st century)

An apparent ropen sighting in California is being investigated by Jonathan Whitcomb (author of the book “Live Pterosaurs in America”). According to an anonymous eyewitness, a very large creature, in daylight, in August of 2007, flew over the wildlife refuge, crossing a road in front of the car that the eyewitness was driving.

It seems that live pterosaurs or strange flying creatures may not be so rare in California.