Flying Lights and Glowing Pterosaurs, Worldwide
I interviewed Paul Nation in his home in Texas, soon after he had returned to
the United States from his late-2006 expedition in Papua New Guinea. He was
exhausted from jet lag, but he was kind enough to answer my questions while
being videotaped (see photo on the left).
He did not personally observe any clear features of anything like a living
pterosaur, during his cryptozoological expedition deep in the mountainous
jungles of the mainland of PNG. But Jacob Kepas, his interpreter, was able to
climb up a cliff where he and a local native saw what appeared to be a giant
winged creature sleeping on another cliff.
What Paul Nation saw and videotaped was the glow of what seems to be the
bioluminescence of two indavas. The two phenomena—giant flying creatures
and flying lights—are connected, however, by several things, including several
eyewitness accounts of giant glowing flying creatures.
On Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea, in 2004, I interviewed several key
eyewitnesses. One of them, Jonah Jim, had seen a giant flying creature (known
as “ropen” on Umboi) one evening. The ropen was flying towards Lake Pung.
How does that tie flying lights to live pterosaurs? He saw that the flying creature
was glowing as it flew overhead. He is not alone in seeing that sort of thing
(look at the section below: “The Nocturnal Ropen of Umboi Island”).
A lady on a cruise ship saw two glowing pterosaurs in the Caribbean
[by American nonfiction author Jonathan Whitcomb]
Paul Nation Videotaped Indavas
Late in 2006, deep in the interior of the main-
land of Papua New Guinea, Paul Nation, of
Texas, was finally able to videotape two indava
lights, as they were near the top of a ridge. It
was just before they took off into the air that he
recorded the two glowing objects, known by the
local natives as “indava” lights. They are said to
be large flying creatures.
The television true-life adventure show then
went on their own expedition in Papua New
Guinea, and they too videotaped a strange
flying light that defied common explanations.
The Nocturnal Ropen of Umboi Island
I led the first of the two ropen expeditions of 2004. I mentioned my interview
with Jonah Jim, but please be aware of what happened in the second
expedition, the one led by the two Americans David Woetzel and Garth
Those two cryptozoologists interviewed a number of natives on that remote
tropical island in Papua New Guinea, just a few weeks after my own expedition
there. They used a systematic approach, with a set of questions prepared
before they had left the United States.
Woetzel and Guessman used a printed page with thirty-four silhouettes
birds, bats, and pterosaurs. Two of the natives they interviewed chose #13, the
Sordes pilosus, from among those dozens of images, and each eyewitness
had no prior knowledge of the other’s choice. The two natives were Jonah Jim
and Jonathan Ragu. By the way, the Sordes pilosus is a long-tailed
Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur (see image on the left).
In addition, both of those native eyewitnesses observed a glow coming from
the flying creature.
[by the cryptozoology author Jonathan D. Whitcomb]
Eyewitness evidences for strange glowing flying creatures
Eyewitnesses have seen flying pterosaurs that glow