Pastor Jacob Kepas was interviewed
by Garth Guessman on the Papua New
Guinea mainland in October of 2004
(In Papua New Guinea, "Jacob" may be spelled "Jakob")
Jacob Kepas was 12 years old when he saw a strange huge creature fly over
his village. The villagers knew what it was: “seklo-bali” or “he who carries his bed around with him.” Some American
investigators believe that this relates to reports that the creatures carry giant clams from the sea to inland areas where they eat
them (a giant clam could, at a distance, resemble a villager's bed). Some of the American investigators, such as Garth Guessman, David
Woetzel, and Jonathan Whitcomb, think that the seklo-bali (known in another area as "ropen") is a pterosaur (commonly called "pterodactyl")
with intrinsic bioluminescence.
Jacob noticed only a few features of the creature (it flew too
fast). He did remember that it was glowing.
Mary Blume (interpreter) and Garth Guessman interview Paster Jakob Kepas on his childhood sighting of a giant “seklo-bali.”
glowing creature flew over Jacob's village on the mainland of Papua New Guinea, near the city of Wau.
In November of 2006, Jacob Kepas and Paul Nation (from Granbury, Texas) explored the mainland interior of Papua New Guinea. Several
seconds of video footage were obtained of two bioluminescent indavas, which investigators believe are the same kind of creature
called elsewhere “ropen” and “seklo-bali.”
Back of the book Searching for Ropens, (Living Pterosaurs in Papua New Guinea), by Jonathan Whitcomb--This is the expanded second
Nonfiction, the first of its kind, the book delves into the philosophies related to belief and disbelief in modern living
pterosaurs. Many eyewitness accounts are here.