by Jonathan Whitcomb
Living Pterosaurs newsletter 002
March 26, 2007
Basics of the March-2007 expedition
To living-pterosaur investigators
and to those interested:
A few days ago, Paul Nation returned to the U.S.
after another expedition to the mainland of
Papua New Guinea. My preliminary conclusion is
that one of the most significant insights from
this latest excursion relates to last November's
expedition, in particular this:
The distant white glow to the east, seen early in
the morning of the Sunday that Paul was in the
"High Garden" observation area, was actually the
light from car headlights. The automobile was
about 20 miles away. Paul felt uneasy about that
brilliant white glow. On returning in March, his
doubts were confirmed with a more powerful pair
of binoculars. Paul also flew over the area and
verified the car's presence.
All the other sightings in the November, 2006,
expedition were genuine indava (ropen) lights.
Cliff Paiva's preliminary report to me (before
the formal completed report) included the finding
that the center of the two light sources was less
brilliant than immediately surrounding the center.
This is unlike what we would expect from headlights
or other similar electric light sources. It is also
unlike light from lanterns: I have solid confidence
that these two videotaped lights are ropen-lights.
In addition, there are no roads or cars on Mount
Hamya, where a number of indavas were seen. There
were also no roads or cars on the ridge where the
two lights were videotaped.
The good news is that this mistaken identity was
caught by one of the investigators, not by one of
the skeptics. The bad news is that the indavas on
Mount Hamya in November did not stay through till
March. The villagers say that they live in trees.
It seems that they do not stay in one place for
very long, perhaps. This is unfortunate for our
investigations, in that it will be more difficult
to find them. On the other hand, it's good to
have this additional knowledge. We really need
a major expedition, in my opinion: several experts
over many weeks with all the needed resources.
Paul Nation has gone beyond the call of duty in
his expeditions. This time he suffered a bad
staph infection, unfortunately just beginning
to get worse as he began the 25-hour trip back
to the U.S.: He had to go to an emergency room
on his arrival. He's recovering and we hope and
pray that he will be in good health again within
the two weeks expected by the doctors.
As to the brilliant white light to the distant east
of the Tawa Village area, I hope that all references
on web pages (or elsewhere) will be removed or be
corrected. But all the other sightings from the
November 2006 expedition we believe to be indava
creatures: similar or the same kind as ropens.