Archive for the ‘Paranormal’ category

Pterodactyl Alive in California?

May 17th, 2010

How would you interpret a report of a sighting of a giant living pterosaur flying over a road near the campus of the University of California at Irvine? In the summer of 2007, that’s what the eyewitness described, for it had no feathers, a long tail, and a length of about thirty feet. Somebody might dismiss the report as a misidentified bat, except for the giant size and the long tail.

According to another source, regarding live pterosaurs:

Several Americans searched for the elusive creature; important expeditions were in 2002, 2004 (two), and 2006. But the Sci-Fi Destination Truth expedition of 2007 introduced the word ‘ropen’ to many thousands of American T.V. viewers.

Live pterosaurs! But it gets even stranger. Reports starting coming in from North America, and some of the Americans who explored Papua New Guinea, in 2004, searching for ropens, began searching for them in the United States. In at least two of the West Coast states, one of the locations became extremely secret. Nevertheless, according to one press release, one of the living-pterosaur cryptozoologists has estimated that at least 1400 Americans have seen a living pterosaur between early-1980 and the end of 2008. Most of those who have given their reports remain anonymous.

Glowing Orbs of the Mekong River

April 15th, 2010

What attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators, every October, to Nong Kai Province? The Naga Fireballs of Southeast Asia have attracted crowds for many years, and these strange glowing orbs have been seen emerging from the Mekong River for centuries.

What causes these lights? Is it the gravitational pull of the moon on methane gas? Are the legends true about the eggs of the giant snake? Could Laotin monks be playing hoaxes? Scientific explanations appear to fall flat, for at least one scientist strongly opposes any natural cause such as methane; it seems to unbelievable to imagine gas bubbles that start burning in the water and then continue to burn in the form of a balls as they emerge and float up above the river. Yet any attempt at a human explanation evaporates like the lights themselves: Lights slowing emerging from the water–that seems impossible for monks to create every year for centuries.

Perhaps the ancient legends may have some truth to them, for a living organism, not yet classified in Western science (albeit bioluminescent rather than mystical) appears to be the best explanation for the Naga Fireballs of the Mekong River. We know that some insects glow and some insects emerge from rivers to fly away. This may be a large bioluminescent insect.

There appears to be no direct relationship to the nocturnal glowing kor of Papua New Guinea.

1400 American Eyewitnesses of Living Pterosaurs

February 10th, 2010

“A cryptozoologist estimates that at least 1400 credible eyewitnesses have seen, in the United States, over the past 29 years, large flying creatures unlike any known bird or bat: apparent pterosaurs.”

The estimate is crude, based largely on how reluctant Americans are to admit that they have seen something like a living pterosaur. But the nonfiction-book author has interviewed Americans for years, and has analyzed the resulting data. Several cryptozoology books have been written about strange flying creatures, including apparent pterosaurs. Eyewitnesses may be plentiful, but this is still cryptozoology, for no body (live or recently deceased) has yet been discovered.

A few critics using online forums have ridiculed those who believe in the possibility of a living pterosuar, but they have also often declared that there would be nothing unscientific about discovering that kind of creature. So why ridicule those who hope that the poor animals are alive?

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Some key words worth trying: pterosaur, pterodactyl, ropen

Also: Cryptozoology Book (nonfiction: Live Pterosaurs in America)