Pterosaurs Still Living
Leonard Sees the Ropen on Umboi Island
One of the eyewitnesses of a bioluminescent pterosaur in Papua New Guinea
sketch of a Pterodactyloid (short-tailed) type pterosaur sketch of a "basal" pterosaur, a long-tailed Rhamphorhynchoid type
According to Leonard, the creature flies from Mount Bel . . .
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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
Leonard, a native of Opai Village, Umboi Island Native of Umboi Island testifies of sighting of a flying light
. . . 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.
Jonathan Whitcomb interviewed Michael in 2004, on Umboi Island
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.
Whitcomb also interviewed David Moke, of Opai Village
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).
"Searching for Ropens and Finding God" fourth edition - nonfiction cryptozoology book
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?