Pterosaurs Still Living
Would you like to know about those looking for non-extinct pterodactyls? This is the place.
About us: Jonathan Whitcomb, Garth Guessman, David Woetzel, Paul Nation, and their associates
      Garth Guessman He explored remote islands in Papua New Guinea on two expeditions, searching for a living pterosaur (including the long-tailed featherless ropen).
The American cryptozoologists David Woetzel (top, second from right) and Garth Guessman (kneeling on the right) became friends with many natives on Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea, during their ropen expedition in 2004
Searching for Ropens and Finding God could also be called “the Bible of modern pterosaurs,” although most of the content is not about religion. This is a nonfiction for people of all faiths, yet it is a cross genre: cryptozoology, spiritual, and true- life adventure. It is now in its fourth expanded edition; get your own copy.
part of the sketch drawn by the eyewitness: U.S. Marine Eskin Kuhn
copyright 2017 Jonathan David Whitcomb
Greg Hedger
          Jonathan Whitcomb This forensic videographer, originally from Southern California, explored the island of Umboi, Papua New Guinea, in 2004, interviewing eyewitnesses of the huge nocturnal ropen.
                David Woetzel (He’s seen here on an expedition in Africa, searching for a living dinosaur.) Woetzel and Guessman searched for the ropen in 2004, on Umboi Island, a few weeks after Whitcomb was there.
             Paul Nation This Texan has traveled to Papua New Guinea, to search for living pterosaurs, more often than any other American: five times, and in 2006, he videotaped two indavas.
About Whitcomb
Jonathan David Whitcomb, before his expedition in Papua New Guinea in 2004, was the kind of forensic videographer who made settlement documentaries and day-in-the-life videos for attorney firms (mostly in Southern California). He is the publisher of this site (“Pterosaurs Still Living”) and is responsible for its content. Since his expedition, he has written four nonfiction books on these featherless flying creatures, and has published them in a total of nine editions. He has also written the scientific paper “Reports of Living Pterosaurs in the Southwest Pacific.”
About Paul Nation
On his first expedition in Papua New Guinea, in 1994, he accompanied the Biblical creationist Carl Baugh. Paul was unsure, at first, of the reality of the ropen, by whatever name it was called in various areas and islands of that tropical wilderness in the southwest Pacific. After hearing what many native eyewitnesses said about the creature, however, he came to believe that a real animal was at the heart of these sightings, an animal that somehow gave off a glow, apparently some kind of bioluminescence. Paul led his own expedition on Umboi Island, in 2002, with his son Nathanael. They did not see the ropen but were able to interview natives. The 2006 expedition on the mainland of Papua New Guinea—that was different, for Paul was able to not only observe a number of indava lights but he videotaped two of them. The video footage he brought back to the United States was duplicated by Jonathan Whitcomb, and a copy was sent, via Garth Guessman, to the physicist Clifford Paiva, who analyzed it. The two lights were found to be most unusual.
About Guessman and Woetzel
A few weeks after Whitcomb’s expedition on Umboi Island, in 2004, David Woetzel and Garth Guessman took a flight there on a small plane from the mainland of Papua New Guinea. With their native interpreter, Pastor Jacob Kepas, they then took a banana boat around the north- east part of Umboi, stopping at small villages to interview islanders. They eventually arrived on Mount Tolo, after Woetzel had a brief sighting of a flying light that was heading toward that mountain. Unfortunately, the two American explorers had no clear sighting of any form or feature of the flying creature that natives call ropen. They were able to interview a number of important eyewitnesses, however, including Jonathan Ragu and Jonah Jim. Both of those natives saw the ropen clearly enough to report the large wings and the long tail of the ropen, and both eyewitnesses chose the same silhouette sketch from among dozens of images of birds, bats, and pterosaurs: the Sordes pilosus, a Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur. Woetzel and Guessman also found large shells of giant clams, some of them far inland, and the natives told them that the ropen carries them up away from the beach for feeding. After that expedition in 2004, Guessman interviewed the eyewitness Duane Hodgkinson, a World War II veteran who encountered a gigantic “pterodactyl” in New Guinea, south of the island of Umboi, in 1944. That face-to-face interview was videotaped by Guessman and the footage was edited by Whitcomb and published on Youtube. “Ropen-Pterodactyl American Eyewitness” has been viewed over 344,000 times, as of late November of 2017.
Rex Yapi Epa
In recent years, Greg Hedger and Rex Yapi Epa have played an important role in these living-pterosaur investigations, especially regarding the preparations for an expedition on Umboi Island in late 2017 or early 2018. Hedger has been of great help, through his financial contributions and in promoting awareness of the need for funding, in making it possible for Rex to lead a major expedition on Umboi. This will be a longer search for the ropen than we have had in the past: It will likely last many weeks. Rex himself was an eyewitness of the ropen a few years ago, as he and several others were on a banana boat off the coast of Umboi.
part of the sketch drawn by the eyewitness: U.S. Marine Eskin Kuhn
Clifford Paiva
Cryptozoologist Scott Norman describes the living pterosaur he saw
This missile defense physicist (BSM Associates) has been a great help to our investigations over many years. Clifford Paiva wrote the scientific paper “Results of Investigations Concerning Pterosaur Sightings in Papua New Guinea” in 2007, with help from a University of Texas at El Paso professor: Harold Slusher. Much of that scientific paper was from a deep analysis of video footage recorded by the cryptozoologist Paul Nation of Texas, after his late-2006 expedition (on the mainland of Papua New Guinea).
In more recent years, Cliff Paiva has carefully examined the old photograph that is now called “Ptp.” In 2017, he and Jonathan Whitcomb agreed that this photo likely has a genuine image of a modern pterosaur. In other words, these two scientists have agreed that the preponderance of evidence supports this idea: The photograph recorded a real extant pterosaur, having apparently died just before (or it was in the process of dying);  the image was probably captured in the 19th century.
About the late Scott Norman
In a remote jungle in central Africa in 2001, Scott Norman (as part of an international team) and his associates searched for what they believed was a living sauropod dinosaur. They had little success, but they were able to talk with natives who knew about the Mokele-mbembe. A few years later, Norman met with Jonathan Whitcomb and Garth Guessman, in Long Beach, California, and heard what those “LP” cryptozoologists had learned about living pterosaurs. In July of 2007, Norman took his turn watching the night sky, in central California, while his cryptozoology associates Garth Guessman and David Woetzel took a break. Not expecting to see anything unusual, he was surprised when a large Pteranodon-like creature flew over a nearby shed. He estimated the wingspan at 8-10 feet, and it had bat-like wings. Apparent Pteranodon sighting
Scott T. Norman (1964-2008)
Milt Marcy (left) and Peter Beach in southern Washington
About Marcy and Beach
In August of 2014, Jonathan Whitcomb interviewed Peter Beach and Milt Marcy on the bank of a river, in southern Washington state, where those two men had witnessed flying lights at night. How do flying lights in the northwestern United States relate to non-extinct  pterosaurs? It’s not just in a speculation about a relationship to the glowing ropen of Papua New Guinea. On the shore of that river in Washington, Milt and Pete showed Jonathan the tree where a light had perched one night, and another eyewitness, closer to sunrise, saw an apparent pterosaur—in that same tree where the flying light had come to rest at night.
part of the sketch drawn by the eyewitness: U.S. Marine Eskin Kuhn
Jacob Kepas (left) and James Blume in 2004
These two men, the Baptist minister Jacob Kepas and the Baptist missionary Jim Blume, have contributed much to living-pterosaur investigations. Blume was interviewed twice by Garth Guessman: once in person, in the city of Lae, Papua New Guinea in 2004 and once by phone years earlier. This missionary has spoken with many natives who have knowledge of these flying creatures. As a plane pilot, Blume has also helped get Biblical creationist explorers into remote areas of tropical wilderness by flying Americans where they’ve needed to go. This was especially important for Paul Nation, who otherwise would not have been able to get to Tawa Village on the mainland (2006). Jacob Kepas has seen these large flying creatures twice in his life: as a boy one night in his village and in 2006. In the recent sighting, he was helping inter- pret for Nation, and in that expedition Kepas saw what was most likely a big indava that was sleeping in daylight on a cliff, deep in the mainland of PNG. Kepas was also interviewed by Josh Gates during the Destination Truth TV- production expedition in 2007, in another area of the mainland.
Live Pterosaurs in America, now in its third edition, was also written by Jonathan Whitcomb. Unlike Searching for Ropens and Finding God, this nonfiction is more strictly in cryptozoology genre. It’s mainly about sightings in the United States.
Regarding this “about us” page on living-pterosaur investigators
From the creator of “Pterosaurs Still Living” (of which this page is a small part) Jonathan Whitcomb:  “This is not a complete listing of people who have searched for these extant modern pterosaurs in various areas of the planet but a brief introduction to twelve of the more prominent men who have been more active in the more recent investigations. In other words, it introduces those explorers and researchers who have been more consistently active and better known more recently. In alphabetical order by surname they are Peter Beach, James (Jim) Blume, Rex Yapi Epa, Garth Guessman, Greg Hedger, Jacob Kepas, Milt Marcy, Paul Nation, the late Scott Norman, Clifford Paiva, me (Jonathan Whitcomb), and David Woetzel. “Please forgive me if I have overlooked an important explorer or a researcher who has made an important contribution over the years. Some of them have been less well known to me and others have desired to be anonymous, at least originally. I am open to suggestions for future online publications. “This page is not meant to even begin to introduce the sightings by countless eyewitnesses. Shocking as it may appear to many Westerners, eyewitnesses of obvious pterosaurs appear to number at least in the tens of thousands world- wide. Indeed, the conservative estimate I have given for the number of persons who’ve had some kind of encounter, at some time in their lives, with an extant pterosaur, is between 7 million and 128 million, and it really is conservative.”
Pterosaurs Still Living
Would you like to know about those looking for non-extinct pterodactyls? This is the place.
About us: Jonathan Whitcomb, Garth Guessman, David Woetzel, Paul Nation, and their associates
          Jonathan Whitcomb This forensic videographer, originally from Southern California, explored the island of Umboi, Papua New Guinea, in 2004, interviewing eyewitnesses of the huge nocturnal ropen.
             Paul Nation This Texan has traveled to Papua New Guinea, to search for living pterosaurs, more often than any other American: five times, and in 2006, he videotaped two indavas.
      Garth Guessman He explored remote islands in Papua New Guinea on two expeditions, searching for a living pterosaur (including the long-tailed featherless ropen).
                David Woetzel (He’s seen here on an expedition in Africa, searching for a living dinosaur.) Woetzel and Guessman searched for the ropen in 2004, on Umboi Island, a few weeks after Whitcomb was there.
The American cryptozoologists David Woetzel (top, second from right) and Garth Guessman (kneeling on the right) became friends with many natives on Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea, during their ropen expedition in 2004
About Guessman and Woetzel
A few weeks after Whitcomb’s expedition on Umboi Island, in 2004, David Woetzel and Garth Guessman took a flight there on a small plane from the mainland of Papua New Guinea. With their native interpreter, Pastor Jacob Kepas, they then took a banana boat around the north-east part of Umboi, stopping at small villages to interview islanders. They eventually arrived on Mount Tolo, after Woetzel had a brief sighting of a flying light that was heading toward that mountain. Unfortunately, the two American explorers had no clear sighting of any form or feature of the flying creature that natives call ropen. They were able to interview a number of important eyewitnesses, however, including Jonathan Ragu and Jonah Jim. Both of those natives saw the ropen clearly enough to report the large wings and the long tail of the ropen, and both eyewitnesses chose the same silhouette sketch from among dozens of images of birds, bats, and pterosaurs: They both chose Sordes pilosus, a Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur. Woetzel and Guessman also found large shells of giant clams, some of them far inland, and the natives told them that the ropen carries them up away from the beach for feeding. After that expedition in 2004, Guessman interviewed the eyewitness Duane Hodgkinson, a World War II veteran who encountered a gigantic “pterodactyl” in New Guinea, south of the island of Umboi, in 1944. That direct face-to-face interview was videotaped by Guessman; the footage was edited by Whitcomb and published on Youtube. “Ropen-Pterodactyl American Eyewitness” has been viewed over 344,000 times, as of late November of 2017.
About Whitcomb
Jonathan David Whitcomb, before his expedition in Papua New Guinea in 2004, was the kind of forensic videographer who made settlement documentaries and day-in-the-life videos for attorney firms (mostly in Southern California). He is the publisher of this site (“Pterosaurs Still Living”) and is responsible for its content. Since his expedition, he has written four nonfiction books on these featherless flying creatures, and has published them in a total of nine editions. He has also written the scientific paper “Reports of Living Pterosaurs in the Southwest Pacific.”
About Paul Nation
On his first expedition in Papua New Guinea, in 1994, he accompanied the Biblical creationist Carl Baugh. Paul was unsure, at first, of the reality of the ropen, by what- ever name it was called in various areas and islands of that tropical wilderness in the southwest Pacific. After hearing what many native eyewitnesses said about the creature, however, he came to believe that a real animal was at the heart of these sightings, an animal that somehow gave off a glow, some kind of bioluminescence. Paul led his own expedition on Umboi Island, in 2002, with his son Nathanael. They did not see the ropen but were able to interview natives. The 2006 expedition on the mainland of Papua New Guinea—that was different, for Paul was able to not only observe a number of indava lights but he videotaped two of them. The video footage he brought back to the USA was duplicated by Jonathan Whitcomb, and a copy was sent, via Garth Guessman, to the physicist Clifford Paiva, who analyzed it. The two lights were found to be most unusual.
Greg Hedger
Rex Yapi Epa
In recent years, Greg Hedger and Rex Yapi Epa have played an important role in these living-pterosaur investigations, especially regarding the preparations for an expedition on Umboi Island in late 2017 or early 2018. Hedger has been of great help, by his financial contributions and in promoting awareness of the need for funding, in making it possible for Rex to lead a major expedition on Umboi. This will be a longer search for the ropen than we have had in the past: It will likely last many weeks. Rex himself was an eyewitness of the ropen a few years ago, as he and several others were on a banana boat off the coast of Umboi.
Clifford Paiva
This missile defense physicist (BSM Associates) has been a great help to our investigations over many years. Clifford Paiva wrote the scientific paper “Results of Investigations Concerning Pterosaur Sightings in Papua New Guinea” in 2007, with help from a University of Texas at El Paso professor: Harold Slusher. Much of that scientific paper was from a deep analysis of video footage recorded by the cryptozoologist Paul Nation of Texas, after his late-2006 expedition (on the mainland of Papua New Guinea).
In more recent years, Cliff Paiva has carefully examined the old photograph that is now called “Ptp.” In 2017, he and Jonathan Whitcomb agreed that this photo likely has a genuine image of a modern pterosaur. In other words, these two scientists have agreed that the preponderance of evidence supports this idea: The photograph recorded a real extant pterosaur, having apparently died just before (or it was in the process of dying);  the image was probably captured in the 19th century.
Cryptozoologist Scott Norman describes the living pterosaur he saw
About the late Scott Norman
In a remote jungle in central Africa in 2001, Scott Norman (as part of an international team) and his associates searched for a living sauropod dinosaur. They had little suc- cess, but they were able to talk with natives who knew about the Mokele-mbembe. A few years later, Norman met with Jon Whitcomb and Garth Guessman, in Long Beach, California, and heard what those “LP” cryptozoologists had learned about living pterosaurs. In July of 2007, Norman took his turn watching the night sky, in central California, while his cryptozoology associates Garth Guessman and David Woetzel took a break. Not expecting to see anything unusual, he was surprised when a large Pteranodon- like creature flew over a nearby shed. He estimated the wingspan at 8-10 feet, and it had bat-like wings. Apparent Pteranodon sighting
Scott T. Norman (1964-2008)
copyright 2017 Jonathan David Whitcomb
Milt Marcy (left) and Peter Beach in southern Washington
About Marcy and Beach
In August of 2014, Jonathan Whitcomb interviewed Peter Beach and Milt Marcy on the bank of a river, in southern Washington state, where those two men had witnessed flying lights at night. How do flying lights in the northwestern United States relate to non-extinct  pterosaurs? It’s not just in a speculation about a relationship to the glowing ropen of Papua New Guinea. On the shore of that river in Washington, Milt and Pete showed Jonathan the tree where a light had perched one night, and another eyewitness, closer to sunrise, saw an apparent pterosaur—in that same tree where the flying light had come to rest at night.
Jacob Kepas (left) and James Blume in 2004
These two men, the Baptist minister Jacob Kepas and the Baptist missionary Jim Blume, have contributed much to living-pterosaur investigations. Blume was interviewed twice by Garth Guessman: once in person, in the city of Lae, Papua New Guinea in 2004 and once by phone years earlier. This missionary has spoken with many natives who have knowledge of these flying creatures. As a plane pilot, Blume has also helped get Biblical creationist explorers into remote areas of tropical wilderness by flying Americans where they’ve needed to go. This was especially important for Paul Nation, who otherwise would not have been able to get to Tawa Village on the mainland (2006). Jacob Kepas has seen these large flying creatures twice in his life: as a boy one night in his village and in 2006. In the recent sighting, he was helping inter- pret for Nation, and in that expedition Kepas saw what was most likely a big indava that was sleeping in daylight on a cliff, deep in the mainland of PNG. Kepas was also interviewed by Josh Gates during the Destination Truth TV- production expedition in 2007, in another area of the mainland.
Searching for Ropens and Finding God could also be called “the Bible of modern pterosaurs,” although most of the content is not about religion. This is a nonfiction for people of all faiths, yet it is a cross genre: cryptozoology, spiritual, and true- life adventure. It is now in its fourth expanded edition; get your own copy.
Live Pterosaurs in America, now in its third edition, was also written by Jonathan Whitcomb. Unlike Searching for Ropens and Finding God, this nonfiction is more strictly in cryptozoology genre. It’s mainly about sightings in the United States.
Regarding this “about us” page on living-pterosaur investigators
From the creator of “Pterosaurs Still Living” (of which this page is a small part) Jonathan Whitcomb: “This is not a complete listing of people who have searched for these extant modern pterosaurs in various areas of the planet but a brief introduction to twelve of the more prominent men who have been more active in the more recent investigations. In other words, it introduces those explorers and researchers who have been more consistently active and better known more recently. In alphabetical order by surname they are Peter Beach, James (Jim) Blume, Rex Yapi Epa, Garth Guessman, Greg Hedger, Jacob Kepas, Milt Marcy, Paul Nation, the late Scott Norman, Clifford Paiva, me (Jonathan Whitcomb), and David Woetzel. “Please forgive me if I have overlooked an important explorer or a researcher who has made an important contribution over the years. Some of them have been less well known to me and others have desired to be anonymous, at least originally. I am open to suggestions for future online publications. “This page is not meant to even begin to introduce the sightings by countless eyewitnesses. Shocking as it may appear to many Westerners, eyewitnesses of obvious pterosaurs appear to number at least in the tens of thousands world- wide. Indeed, the conservative estimate I have given for the number of persons who’ve had some kind of encounter, at some time in their lives, with an extant pterosaur, is between 7 million and 128 million, and it really is conservative.”
Pterosaurs Still Living
Would you like to know about those looking for non-extinct pterodactyls? This is the place.
About us: Jonathan Whitcomb, Garth Guessman, David Woetzel, Paul Nation, and their associates
          Jonathan Whitcomb This forensic videographer, originally from Southern California, explored the island of Umboi, Papua New Guinea, in 2004, interviewing eyewitnesses of the huge nocturnal ropen.
             Paul Nation This Texan has traveled to Papua New Guinea, to search for living pterosaurs, more often than any other American: five times, and in 2006, he videotaped two indavas.
    Garth Guessman He explored remote islands in Papua New Guinea on two expeditions, searching for a living pterosaur (incl. the long-tailed featherless ropen).
          David Woetzel (He’s seen here on an expedition in Africa, searching for a living dinosaur.) Woetzel and Guessman searched for the ropen in 2004, on Umboi Island, a few weeks after Whitcomb was there.
The American cryptozoologists David Woetzel (top, second from right) and Garth Guessman (kneeling on the right) became friends with many natives on Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea, during their ropen expedition in 2004
About Guessman and Woetzel
A few weeks after Whitcomb’s expedition on Umboi Island, in 2004, David Woetzel and Garth Guessman took a flight there on a small plane from the mainland of Papua New Guinea. With a native interpreter, Pastor Jacob Kepas, they then took a banana boat around the north-east part of Umboi, stopping at small villages to interview islanders. They eventually arrived on Mount Tolo, after Woetzel had a brief sighting of a flying light that was heading toward that mountain. Unfortunately, the two American explorers had no clear sighting of any form or feature of the flying creature natives call ropen. They were able to interview a number of important eyewitnesses, however, including Jonathan Ragu and Jonah Jim. Both of those natives saw the ropen clearly enough to report the large wings and the long tail of the ropen, and both eyewitnesses chose the same silhouette sketch from among dozens of images of birds, bats, and pterosaurs: They both chose Sordes pilosus, a Rhamphorhynchoid  (long-tailed) pterosaur. Woetzel and Guessman also found large shells of giant clams, some of them far inland, and the natives told them that the ropen carries them up away from the beach for feeding. After that expedition in 2004, Garth Guessman interviewed the eyewitness Duane Hodgkinson, a World War II veteran who had encountered a gigantic “pterodactyl” in New Guinea, south of the island of Umboi, in 1944. That direct face-to-face interview was videotaped by Guessman; the footage was edited by Whitcomb and it was published on Youtube. “Ropen-Pterodactyl American Eyewitness” has been viewed over 344,000 times, as of late November of 2017.
About Whitcomb
Jonathan David Whitcomb, before his expedition in Papua New Guinea in 2004, was the kind of forensic videographer who made settlement documentaries and day-in-the-life videos for attorney firms (mostly in Southern California). He is the publisher of this site (“Pterosaurs Still Living”) and is responsible for its content. Since his expedition, he has written four nonfiction books on these featherless flying creatures, and has published them in a total of nine editions. He has also written the scientific paper “Reports of Living Pterosaurs in the Southwest Pacific.”
About Paul Nation
On his first expedition in Papua New Guinea, in 1994, he accompanied the Biblical creationist Carl Baugh. Paul was unsure, at first, of the reality of the ropen, by whatever name it was called in various areas and islands of that tropical wilderness in the southwest Pacific. After hearing what many native eyewitnesses said about the creature, however, he came to believe that a real animal was at the heart of these sightings, an animal that somehow gave off a glow, some kind of bioluminescence. Paul led his own expedition on Umboi Island, in 2002, with his son Nathanael. They did not see the ropen but were able to interview natives. The 2006 expedition on the mainland of Papua New Guinea—that was different, for Paul was able to not only observe a number of indava lights but he videotaped two of them. The video footage he brought back to the USA and was duplicated by Jonathan Whitcomb, and a copy was sent, via Garth Guessman, to the physicist Clifford Paiva, who analyzed it. The two lights were found to be most unusual.
Rex Yapi Epa
In recent years, Greg Hedger and Rex Yapi Epa have played an important role in these living-pterosaur investigations, especially regarding the preparations for an expedition on Umboi Island in late 2017 or early 2018. Hedger has been of great help, by financial contributions and in promoting awareness of the need for funding, in making it possible for Rex to lead a major expedition on Umboi. This will be a longer search for the ropen than we have had in the past: It will likely last many weeks. Rex himself was an eyewitness of the ropen a few years ago, as he and several others were on a banana boat off the coast of Umboi.
Greg Hedger
Clifford Paiva
This missile defense physicist (BSM Associates) has been a great help to our investigations over many years. Clifford Paiva wrote the scientific paper “Results of Investigations Concerning Pterosaur Sightings in Papua New Guinea” in 2007, with help from a professor at the University of Texas at El Paso: Harold Slusher. Much of that scientific paper was from a deep analysis of video footage recorded by the cryptozoologist Paul Nation of Texas, after his late-2006 expedition (on the mainland of Papua New Guinea).
In more recent years, Cliff Paiva has carefully examined the old photograph that is now called “Ptp.” In 2017, he and Jonathan Whitcomb agreed that this photo likely has a genuine image of a modern pterosaur. In other words, thesetwo scientists have agreed that the prepon- derance of evidence supports this idea: The photograph recorded a real extant pterosaur, having apparently died just before (or it was in the process of dying);  the image was probably captured in the 19th century.
Cryptozoologist Scott Norman describes the living pterosaur he saw
Scott T. Norman (1964-2008)
About the late Scott Norman
In a remote jungle in central Africa in 2001, Scott Norman (as part of an international team) and his associates searched for a living sauropod dinosaur. They had little success, but they were able to talk with natives who knew about the Mokele-mbembe. A few years later, Norman met with Jon Whitcomb and Garth Guessman, in Long Beach, California, and heard what those “LP” cryptozoologists had learned about living pterosaurs. In July of 2007, Norman took his turn watching the night sky, in another part of California, while Garth Guessman and David Woetzel, his cryptozoology associates, took a break. Not expecting to see any- thing unusual, he was surprised when a large Pteranodon-like creature flew over a nearby shed. He estimated the wingspan at 8-10 feet, and it had bat-like wings. Apparent Pteranodon sighting
Milt Marcy (left) and Peter Beach in southern Washington
About Marcy and Beach
In August of 2014, Jonathan Whitcomb interviewed Peter Beach and Milt Marcy on the bank of a river, in southern Washington state, where those two men had witnessed flying lights at night. How do flying lights in the northwestern United States re- late to non-extinct  pterosaurs? It’s not just in a speculation about a relationship to the glowing ropen of Papua New Guinea. On the shore of that river in Washington, Milt and Pete showed Jonathan the tree where a light had perched one night, and another eyewitness, closer to sunrise, saw an apparent pterosaur—in that same tree where the flying light had come to rest at night.
Jacob Kepas (left) and James Blume in 2004
These two men, the Baptist minister Jacob Kepas and the Baptist missionary Jim Blume, have contributed much to living-pterosaur investigations. Blume was interviewed twice by Garth Guessman: once in person, in the city of Lae, Papua New Guinea in 2004 and once by phone years earlier. This missionary has spoken with many natives who have knowledge of these flying creatures. As a plane pilot, Blume has also helped get Biblical creationist explorers into remote areas of tropical wilderness by flying Americans where they’ve needed to go. This was especially important for Paul Nation, who otherwise would not have been able to get to Tawa Village on the mainland (2006). Jacob Kepas has seen the large flying creatures twice in his life: as a boy one night in his village and also in 2006. In the recent sighting, he was helping interpret for Paul Nation, and in that expedition Kepas saw what was probably a big indava that was sleeping in daylight on a cliff, deep in the mainland of PNG. Kepas was also interviewed by Josh Gates during the Destination Truth TV-production expedition in 2007, in another area of the mainland.
Searching for Ropens and Finding God could also be called “the Bible of modern pterosaurs,” although most of the content is not about religion. This is a nonfiction for people of all faiths, yet it is a cross genre: cryptozoology, spiritual, and true-life adventure. It is now in its fourth expanded edition; get your own copy.
Live Pterosaurs in America, now in its third edition, was also written by Jonathan Whitcomb. Unlike Searching for Ropens and Finding God, this nonfiction is more strictly in cryptozoology genre. It’s mainly about sightings in the United States.
copyright 2017 Jonathan David Whitcomb
Regarding this “about us” page on living-pterosaur investigators
From the creator of “Pterosaurs Still Living” (of which this page is a small part) Jonathan Whitcomb: “This is not a complete listing of people who have searched for these extant modern pterosaurs in various areas of the planet but a brief introduction to twelve of the more prominent men who have been more active in the more recent investigations. In other words, it introduces those explorers and researchers who have been more consistently active and better known more recently. In alphabetical order by surname they are Peter Beach, James (Jim) Blume, Rex Yapi Epa, Garth Guessman, Greg Hedger, Jacob Kepas, Milt Marcy, Paul Nation, the late Scott Norman, Clifford Paiva, me (Jonathan Whitcomb), and David Woetzel. “Please forgive me if I have overlooked an important explorer or a researcher who has made an important contribution over the years. Some of them have been less well known to me and others have desired to be anonymous, at least originally. I am open to suggestions for future online publications. “This page is not meant to even begin to introduce the sightings by countless eyewitnesses. Shocking as it may appear to many Westerners, eyewitnesses of obvious pterosaurs appear to number at least in the tens of thousands world-wide. Indeed, a conservative estimate I have given for the number of persons who’ve had some kind of encounter, at some time in their lives, with an extant pterosaur, is between 7 million and 128 million, and that really is conservative.”