Pterosaurs Still Living
Gideon Koro was one of seven boys who hiked up to the crater lake that was
just north of their village in central Umboi Island (Siasi), Papua New Guinea,
around December of 1993. They soon encountered the long-tailed ropen.
When asked about the mouth of the
ropen, Gideon thought for a moment
and replied: “a mouth like a crocodile.”
When Whitcomb asked Gideon how
many ropens they encountered, he said,
“We saw only one,” surprising Whitcomb.
Gideon was very clear: no feathers.
In fact, he appeared surprised
that the American would ask.
When asked about the length of the
tail, the native thought for awhile
and then said, positively, “seven
meters” (a tail about 23 feet long)
According to the cryptozoology book
Searching for Ropens and Finding God,
Gideon Koro was a credible eyewitness.
His mannerisms matched his words in a
way expected of a truthful eyewitness.
Some details of the ropen’s appearance
were not noticed and Gideon admitted
that he didn’t know all the answers. Two
other eyewitnesses confirmed his report
about the giant ropen flying over Lake
Pung. The ropen has often been seen
either near this crater lake (on Umboi
Island, Papua New Guinea) or flying
toward or away from it.
Whitcomb asked if the wings were
like those of byung or blak bokus
(flying fox bat), and Gideon was
very affirmative that they were.
When the American explorer
Jonathan Whitcomb had his
interviews with three young
native men, just south of the
crater lake Pung, on Umboi
Island, in 2004, he knew the
word for “flying fox” in both
the Kovai language (byung)
and Tok Pisin (blak bokus).
Yet both the eyewitnesses
and the visitors understood
that what those boys had
seen on the shore of Lake
Pung was not any fruit bat.
The ropen was much bigger
and had a tail more than two
hundred times as long as the
tail of a flying fox.
The ropen of Umboi Island may be
related to the long-tailed pterosaur
seen in Cuba by Patty Carson in
1965 and by Eskin Kuhn in 1971.
Similar featherless flying creatures
have been reported worldwide.
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