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Indonesia - Pterosaurs Still Living

Possible ropen off Indonesian coast
In June of 2008, H. (anonymous) was flying a small twin-engined plane with his co-pilot, B.; both are former navy
pilots. They were mostly finished with the 700-mile flight
from Broome, Australia, to Bali, Indonesia, when H. saw
what he at first assumed was another airplane flying in a
head-on collision course.
H. put the plane into a dive but the creature also dived. H. 
then avoided a collision by banking away from what he and
his co-pilot thought was something like a "pterodactyl."
The pilot noticed, just before the near-collision, about two
very slow wing flaps, indicating that it was no plane.
The incident was 150 miles southeast of Bali, Indonesia.
It was reported, in August of 2008, by the pilot, to the investigator Jonathan Whitcomb.
The Ahool of Java, Indonesia
According to the second edition of the book Searching
for Ropens (by Whitcomb), the bat-like flying creature
that has a monkey face is called "ahool." Apparently it
eats fresh-water fish. One eyewitness described a head
crest and an upright posture on tree trunks; a ropen of
Umboi Island has also been seen to hold itself upright
on a tree trunk. Still, there is not enough eyewitness
evidence to convince many researchers that the ropen
and the ahool must be the same species.
About Indonesia
The largest archipelagic state in the world, Indonesia has
a population nearly as large as the United States. The
name comes from two Latin words meaning "India-island."
The nation consists of over 17,000 islands, but only about
a third of them are inhabited. The largest islands are Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan (part of the island of Borneo), New Guinea (western side, bordering Papua New Guinea), and Sulawesi. Because of its location on the Pacific "ring of
fire," Indonesia has more seismic and volcanic activity
than almost any other nation.
Indonesia has a high level of biodiversity, second only to
Brazil. With forests covering most of the country, fauna
include the elephant, tiger, leopard, rhinoceros, and the orangutan. There are hundreds of bird species, many of
which are endemic.