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Aug 15, 2008

To living-pterosaur investigators and to those interested



Sightings and Investigations on West Coast (United States)

Web Sites Related to Living Pterosaurs (incl. Kentucky sighting)

Bat-Ropen Connection (Ropens Eat Bats)


Sightings and Investigations on West Coast (U.S.)

There are now three living-pterosaur investigations happening in at
least two West Coast states of the U.S.. As far as I know, none
of the persons involved have yet overlapped observations in those
three locations; each location has its own team. Investigations #1 & #3
have one thing in common: A key point that got them started was non-
team persons (not cryptozoologists) observing, in daylight, a large long-
tailed featherless flying creature that suggested a ropen.

Investigation #1

The first involves cryptozoologists that included the late Scott Norman
and his associates Garth Guessman, David Woetzel, and several others.
The location is still secret. (see Newsletter)

Investigation #2

The second involves three or more men who have had at least one possible
ropen sighting at another secret location. One creature flew about 30 feet
above their heads, a little past midnight. The wingspan was about 4 feet.
"The wings were almost the same as a bat. However it had a long neck and
beak." The creature flew too fast to be photographed.

Investigation #3

My own investigation is of a sighting at a wildlife refuge in Southern
California in August of 2007. I will reveal the location in September
of 2008. This third investigation involves an apparent ropen with a length
of about "30 feet." This differs from the first two investigations in that
I am not so much looking for the creatures as I am looking for more
eyewitnesses of a featherless creature that was said to be flying,
in daylight, near a city (but over a wetlands area) one year ago.

See: Pterosaur Sighting - Ropen in California


Web Sites Related to Living Pterosaurs


Why I looked for Living Pterosaurs, by Jonathan Whitcomb

2004 Umboi Island expedition by Whitcomb

How living pterosaurs relate to Darwin's General Theory of Evolution


Pterosaur Sighting - Ropen in Kentucky


Bat-Ropen Connection (Ropens Eat Bats)

I realize that this idea is not new to all of the active investigators: At
least some of the creatures observed in the United States (creatures that
suggest living pterosaurs) may be flying around with bats at night because
they're catching bats. Why else would American ropens be nocturnal?

In Papua New Guinea, the reefs provide much food for the ropen. The glow
of the bioluminescent ropen may help them attract or see fish or see clams
(both fish and clams are good protein sources). In the Western United States,
it seems that a similar pterosaur-like creature uses bioluminescence while
flying around bats; bats can be a good source of protein for large creatures.

Why did it take so long for the American pterosaurs to become investigated? Probably many eyewitnesses thought they were watching shooting stars. And when a large creature, on occasion, would be seen closer, flying with much smaller bats, how could an eyewitness convince anyone that a giant bat (or whatever) had been seen? Eyewitnesses have probably been extremely reluctant to talk.

Please consider what I've written on this subject of ropens that eat bats.


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