Leonard Sees the Ropen on Umboi Island
One of the eyewitnesses of a bioluminescent pterosaur in Papua New Guinea
According to Leonard, the creature flies from Mount Bel . . .
Copyright 2005-2016 Jonathan David Whitcomb
Testimony of Leonard of Opai Village
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Eyewitness account of the apparently bioluminescent ropen; investigators believe it’s a giant living Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur
. . . and continues flying towards the sea.
But if Leonard sees only a flying light over Opai Village, and not any
form or features of the animal that produces the light, why think it may
be a pterosaur? The ropen of Umboi Island is seen by many villagers,
but most of the sightings reveal no details of what that flying creature
looks like. It’s the exceptional encounters that reveal what it is. Those
eyewitnesses include Gideon Koro, Wesley Koro, Mesa Augustin,
Jonah Jim, and Jonathan Ragu.
In 2004, Garth Guessman and David Woetzel interviewed Leonard,
of Opai Village, Umboi Island. He sees the ropen fly over Opai about
once a month. Jonathan Whitcomb, another ropen investigator, noted
that these villages have no community electricity and so most of the
people spend much of the night hours indoors. Flyovers by the ropen
would go unnoticed except by an occasional few villagers walking at
night or fishing with flashlights.
Thank you to Garth Guessman and to David Woetzel for all that we learn from their expedition in 2004. And thank you for the above images of Leonard in Opai.
Michael, also of Opai Village, confirmed the existence of
the glowing ropen to Jonathan Whitcomb, a few weeks
before the Woetzel-Guessman expedition. Like many
other villagers, Michael did not see the form or features
of the nocturnal flying creature: only the bright glow. But
he confirmed that the ropen can rob a human grave.
In the first expedition of 2004, led by Whitcomb, David
Moke testified that he had encountered a very bright
light while he and his friend were fishing at night over
a reef off the coast of Umboi Island. Like Leonard, also
of Opai Village, David did not see any details about the
creature that produced the light: only the light itself.
Read much more about these incredible eyewitness accounts in the book
Searching for Ropens and Finding God (fourth edition) by J. D. Whitcomb.
Not just a cryptozoological report but a spiritual perspective is presented
within an adventure story: A middle-aged American explores a remote
island in Papua New Guinea, searching for living pterosaurs (also known
as pterodactyls). A few weeks later, two more Americans explore that
same tropical island in the southwest Pacific. All three of these men come
back to the United States convinced that a nonextinct pterosaur flies
over the island of Umboi at night.
This creationist book supports a Bible-based perspective on origins and
God’s preservation of life (Flood of Noah).
The ropen seems unrelated to barn-owl bioluminescence or Min Mins of
Australia. The author Fred Silcock wrote the nonfiction book The Min Min
Light — The Visitor Who Never Arrives. In it he explains that many of the
flying lights called Min min in Australia are barn owls that glow at night.
But that book does not get into the ropen light of Papua New Guinea, a
completely different kind of flying creature. It does give us many reports
from eyewitnesses, some of which have seen that when the glowing
object is seen up close, it is obviously a large owl, called a “Great Owl”
by some Australians. This means that a fascinating scientific discovery
is due to be made with some of these large owls.
The point of the simple and short testimony of Leonard of Opai Village is
this: It should be taken in context. If a large glowing creature flies over the
island of Opai, on a regular basis, scientists should investigate what it is.
After all, even if it is not a surviving pterosaur, it is an incredible animal
that has not yet been officially acknowledged in biology. And what about
the testimonies of those who have seen a glowing pterosaur-like creature
flying over or near Umboi Island? Would not that ropen be the same kind
of creature that glows as it flies over Opai Village about one a month?