Jim Blume - Pterosaurs Still Living
Missionary Interviewed Twice by Guessman
In 1996, Blume saw a glow of something on a cliff above a mangrove swamp around Manus Island
in Papua New Guinea. He was assisting Carl Baugh, of Texas, in searching for pterosaur-like creatures seen in that area. Although
Jim Blume does not declare he saw a living “pterodactyl,” other researchers suspect that it was.
Twice Garth Guessman interviewed
Jim Blume: by
telephone in 2000 and in person in 2004.
Blume Assisted Baugh in late 20th Century
Jim Blume, a plane pilot and missionary in Papua New Guinea for about 30 years, was
helping Baugh research pterosaur-like creatures in 1996. One evening they were near the shore of a mangrove swamp when Blume noticed
a strange light. He tried getting closer to get a better view, but the object soon left. It was about the size and general shape of
a very large penguin but no details were visible: He saw only the light emitted by it. He described the glow: similar to
a “light stick” that has been broken (not bright). It’s an area of Papua New Guinea where many natives report seeing creatures
suggesting pterosaurs. The creatures have wingspans of about three to four feet, and they eat fish.
Blume has spoken with
about 70 natives who have seen apparent giant living pterosaurs in Papua New Guinea. Much of what extant-pterosaur investigators
about Blumes native-interviews comes from
the telephone interview by Guessman. Blume said
that the apparent extant-pterosaurs
seen in coastal areas of the mainland and in Umboi Island and in New Britain Island, have wingspans over 10 feet. They are said to
have long bodies with tails and comb-like structures on their heads like “a rooster’s, only stiffer.” Some of the larger creatures
are dangerous and feared by the people of some areas. In the mid-1980’s a man was attacked and killed in his garden.
have been misinformed about a word floating about on the world wide web: “duah.” This probably comes from someone assuming that “duah”
is singular for “duwas;” it is not. Correct is "duwas."
The word “pterodactyl” is commonly used, by many
Americans, when they
mean “pterosaur.” Proper use
of the word “pterodactyl,” however, is with a particular species only, not the general type (regardless
of any reference or lack of reference to Papua New Guinea or ropens or fossils).
Jim Blume has assisted living-pterosaur investigators - image-from-video courtesy of Garth Guessman, Calif