Eskin Kuhn, a U.S. Marine at the Guantanamo base in Cuba in 1971, saw two long-tailed “pterodactyls” in clear daylight, at close range, and sketched them a few minutes after his shocking encounter. Others have also seen the creature.
Live Pterodactyl
Modern living pterosaurs are not confined to remote jungles or wilder- nesses, although many sightings are reported in Papua New Guinea.
The Ropen of Papua New Guinea
Kongomato of Africa
Gitmo Pterodactyl of Cuba
In daylight, seven native boys or teenagers climbed up to a crater lake, around 1994, on Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea, with no worry about the legendary ropen. Why fear the ropen, for the flying creature comes out at night, rarely in daylight; but this day was different. After only a few minutes of their arrival, however, the giant ropen, flew just over the surface of Lake Pung. All seven boys ran home in terror, for that ropen had a mouth “like a crocodile” and a tail that one of the eyewitnesses estimated to be “sefan meetuh” long (about 22 feet).
Here’s a blog post that mentions a pterosaur in Sudan, Africa. More details are below: “Early one night in 1988, the boy noticed something on the roof of a nearby hut. . . . perched on the edge of the roof, the creature [was] four-to-five feet tall, olive brown, and leathery (no feathers). A ‘long bone looking thing’ stuck out the back of its head, and its [tail was long].” The man from Sudan, years later, reported his encounter to American Jonathan Whitcomb.
Around 1965, young Patty Carson, daughter of the commander of the Guantanamo base in Cuba, was walking home one day. She and her little brother were shocked to see a large winged creature pop up its head and upper body above the nearby tall grass. Patty knew what she saw flying away that day, but she was not believed by her parents. In 1971, U. S. Marine Eskin C. Kuhn was on a break one clear day, when two large long- tailed creatures flew by: The same apparent species as Patty Carson had seen in 1965.
Lake Pung (Photo by Garth Guessman)
In part of Africa, it is called kongamato
In Cuba, eyewitnesses see long-tailed pterosaurs
Luke Paina
David Woetzel
Gideon Koro
Luke, of Lae, Papua New Guinea, was the interpreter for Jonathan Whitcomb, on their 2004 expedition on Umboi Island. Luke was an eyewitness of the bioluminescent glow of the ropen, as it flew across Mount Bel one night.
The American cryptozoologist-explorer David Woetzel witnessed the glowing ropen as it flew towards Lake Pung, late in 2004, on Umboi Island. After returning to the U.S., he was questioned by Whitcomb about the sighting of the flying ropen light of Umboi Island.
Gideon Koro was a teenager when he and his friends encountered the giant ropen, as it flew over the crater lake, just north of his village. About ten years later, in 2004, the American cryptozoologist Jonathan Whitcomb interviewed Gideon and two of the other eyewitnesses.
Copyright 2011-2016 Jonathan David Whitcomb (creator of this Live Pterodactyl site)
Abram of Opai Village on Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea Cuba pterosaur sketch by an eyewitness
Abram of Opai Village, Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea, saw the glowing ropen fly down to the reef, one night, like it was trying to catch fish
Sketch of the “Gitmo pterodactyl” (ropen) by Patty Carson, eyewitness of a modern pterosaur in Cuba (also seen by E. Kuhn)
Finschhafen Harbor (photo by Whitcomb) - inland was the jungle clearing where Duane Hodgkinson and his army buddy saw the huge “pterodactyl”
Third edition of the nonfiction book Live Pterosaurs in America
Searching for Ropens and Finding God, 4th edition, by Jonathan Whitcomb
Back cover of the fourth edition of the nonfiction paperback book Searching for Ropens and Finding God