by Jonathan Whitcomb
Living Pterosaurs newsletter 003
April 30, 2007
To living-pterosaur investigators
and to those interested:
1) Introduction for new recipients
2) Preparations for mid-2007 expedition
For those new to living-pterosaurs investigations,
here are some important web pages as an introduction:
1) Pterosaurs Still Living (main page)
2) Summary of my own expedition into Papua New Guinea
3) Cryptozoology and Pterodactyls
4) Guessman-Woetzel expedition (late 2004)
5) What Happened To Pterosaurs? (Why believe in extinction?)
6) Some native eyewitnesses
7) An American eyewitness (World War II veteran)
8) An American explorer sees the ropen light
Preparations for mid-2007 expedition
Here is an email I received from the pioneer
ropen investigator Paul Nation (April 20, 2007):
Attention All Ropen Researchers - Interested Parties!!
Have you wanted to be on the front line of the research in the field?
Now is your chance to accomplish some research in relative comfort.
On my fourth trip to Papua New Guinea March 07, I learned from Jim
Blume that national pastors in the islands of Lasanga area have been
seeing the glow for years. However, they always considered the glow
to be evil spirits and did not want to have anything to do with them.
Now they have been educated into the Ropen research through Pastor
Jacobs and others, they are not afraid of the glow anymore and have
been willing to talk about their sightings. Just south of the area
where in February 2007 the SciFi crew shoot the footage of a glowing
ropen. There are many uninhabited islands here which need to be in-
vestigated.. This definitely is an area worth investigating.
In order to search these islands one would require the use of a banana
boat for transportation. These boats are small and very unreliable
transportation. Camping on the beach, fighting the mosquitoes, the
heat and humidity,a very miserable way of doing research, I know first
hand, (caught malaria and survived). No fun.
However, doing some research while in Lae last trip I discovered “live
aboard dive boats”. These boats are chartered for scuba divers to enjoy
the crystal clear waters surrounding Niugini. A “liveboard” has every-
thing necessary for comfortable research. The mobility to move around
the islands, air conditioned sleeping quarters, food supplies and pre-
paration area, and most importantly, the ablity to anchor far enough
off shore so the mosquitoes are not problematic while doing night viewing
for new sightings. Then if a night sighting looks promising we can in-
vestigate the spot during the day by dingy and foot.
I found a 46 foot live aboard ship that caters to 6 divers at a time.
We would not be Scuba diving, although snorkeling is tremendous activity,
super clear underwater viewing during the day.
All expenses for 10 days of researching aboard the ship, with round trip
airfare from LAX and return to LAX is estimated to be around $4500.00
and involve 14 days. This will include everything but what you desire
to purchase personally.
Tentative date August 2007
If this is something you or someone you know would be interested in doing,
please e-mail me:
RelicSearch@yahoo.com and I can explain more details, dates and pricing
as it firms up.
Paul G. Nation