Posts Tagged ‘pterosaurs’

Hollywood Pterodactyls, for Real?

June 20th, 2013

In a Jurassic Park film, we expect to see dinosaurs and pterodactyls alive, but a few miles east of Hollywood? The two eyewitnesses did not actually use the word “dinosaur” or “pterodactyl,” but one of them said “dragons” and the other, “pterosaur.”

Griffith Park Pterosaurs

The lady driving northbound on the I-5, at 6:10 a.m. on March 3, 2013, was not sure that the three flying creatures gliding over the freeway had no feathers (the sighting was too quick), but she was sure that they were not birds. Each of the three had a distinct narrow neck between head and body. She also reported that “their tails had triangular points.” She was positive that the proportions between head, body, and tail were “certainly not that of a bird.” The sighting was on the east side of Griffith Park.

Ten weeks later, Devin Rhodriquez was driving northbound on the I-5, at about 4:00 p.m., on May 13, 2013, when she saw something that reminded her of a pterosaur. She was so caught up in the strange head that she did not notice if the creature had a tail or not. It was the head crest and lack of feathers that shocked her. She reported, “I’m almost positive what I saw fly over the freeway in Los Angeles WAS NOT a bird of any kind.” That sighting was also on the east side of Griffith Park.

A bit of the rugged terrain in Griffith Park - Los Angeles, California - photograph by Kilgub

Griffith Park in Los Angeles, California – One of the largest city parks in North America


Pterosaur Sightings East of Griffith Park

In two separate sightings, two eyewitnesses in Los Angeles, California, reported flying creatures described like pterosaurs. The sightings were a little over a mile apart, both from drivers on the northbound Interstate-5 Freeway, just east of Griffith Park, near Glendale.

Dragons or Pterosaurs Over Interstate-5

The March 3rd eyewitness was given a survey form with the silhouettes of dozens of winged creatures, from modern birds and bats to pterosaurs of different species. She choose #13, which was the Sordes Pilosus, a Rhamphorhynchoidea type of pterosaur.

Perching Pterosaur, not Woodpecker

It relates to the May 13th sighting this year, a little southeast of Griffith Park. The animal was called a pterosaur by the eyewitness and she said that it had no feathers but it did have a head crest.


Do Jumping Fish Look Like Flying Pterosaurs?

November 1st, 2012

A critic has suggested that many stories of extant pterosaurs flying overhead come from misidentifications of large Manta ray fishes that are jumping out of the sea. In other words, it would be a leap of fish that causes us to believe in living pterosaurs. I refuse to take that bait.

Most reports of sighting of flying pterosaurs are far from the sea. That alone repudiates the jumping Manta ray speculation. But even those reports that have a flying creature near the seashore have, in addition, a powerful detail against the flying fish. The flying creatures often fly over land.

What about the 1965 sighting by Patty Carson? This was close to the sea, at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But the “dinosaur” that Patty and her brother watched on one particular day was sitting upright in tall grass before it flapped its wings and flew away. Manta ray fish don’t do that. If that were not enough, Patty saw clearly a long pointed head crest that was in opposition to a long narrow beak that had teeth. Check out her sketch below.

Patty Carson's sketch of the long-tailed pterosaur of Cuba

I don’t know about all the strange fish that some people have seen or imagined, but this drawing, by the eyewitness herself, looks nothing remotely like what any Manta ray fish could look like, even if a giant fish could sit up in tall grass and look around before flapping its wings and flying off over some trees and vegetation.

Manta Rays and Modern Pterosaurs

Hodgkinson and his army buddy, in 1944, were nowhere near the seashore, when they stopped in a small jungle clearing well inland.

Modern Pterosaur in Cuba

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.

Pterodactyls in Australia

September 13th, 2012

According to a newly published ebook, the ropen of Papua New Guinea is not restricted to flying over the tropical islands of that country. “Pterodactyls” have also been reported flying over Australia.

From the 7th chapter of the e-book Live Pterosaurs in Australia and in Papua New Guinea, “Other Sightings in Australia”:

“After many misgivings about going ‘public’ as it were, I have decided to contact you with my experience of sighting what I believe to have been a Pterodactyl. . . . I cannot be sure of the year of the sighting now as I put it out of my mind for fear of being labelled a nut but I think it would have been around the late 1990’s.


“What I saw was what I first thought was a pelican flying about 3000 feet high but realised pelicans at that height did not look as large as this.


“I was standing outside about nine o’clock one night. It was full moon and very bright with a cloud bank to the south east extending to and over the Ranges. . . . I glanced to the south and something caught my attention. It was something flying that appeared to be at the height of light planes that fly around here . . . This thing was at least as large as a light plane, say a Cesna.


“It was about 5 klms away and was lazily flapping it’s wings, flying to the east in, at that point, a clear sky. It appeared to be lit up by the moonlight and shining as if it had no feathers. . . .”

Pterosaurs in Australia

My American associates and I have explored remote jungles in Papua New Guinea, searching for living pterosaurs and interviewing native eyewitnesses. Most expeditions were led by one or two Americans, with one or two native interpreters.

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.

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?


Some key words worth trying: pterosaur, pterodactyl, ropen

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