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.
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.
In part of Africa, it is called kongamato
In Cuba, eyewitnesses see long-tailed pterosaurs
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, 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