Eskin Kuhn, pterosaur eyewitness

large pterosaur witnessed in Guantanamo Bay, CubaIt has been nearly thirty-nine years since Eskin Kuhn observed those two strange flying creatures in Cuba. As a member of the United States Marine Corps, he was stationed at Guantanamo, with the 2nd Battalion, 8th Regiment (reinforced), H&S Co., 106mm recoiless rifle platoon. Early this year he was interviewed and passed the credibility test, verifying his experience.

The two creatures were very unlike any bird, for they had no feathers. They could have been strange bats except that the heads were completely wrong and they had long tails. Their flight, the flapping of their wings, was described as graceful. For more detail, see these blogs:

Are Reports of Living Pterosaurs Anecdotes? (regarding the Eskin Kuhn sighting)

. . . the writer used the name of a real person and wrote “The claim is a hoax,” without any explanation . . . The eyewitness himself replied to the blog, with no uncertain disdain for the one who tied his name to the word “hoax.” . . . . The critic tried to step away from his previous stand about a hoax. How? By trying to shove onto the shoulders of the Marine the responsibility of making one of the most dramatic scientific discoveries in the history of biology: Obtain the body of a modern pterosaur and prove its authenticity to the world.

Modern Pterosaur blog (“Sighting in Cuba, 1971”)

I saw two pterosaurs . . . flying together at low altitude, perhaps 100 feet, very close . . . I had a perfectly clear view . . . The rhythm of their large wings was very graceful, slow . . . The pterosaurs I saw had the short hind legs attached to the rearward-most part of the wing, and they had a long tail trailing behind with a tuft of hair at the end. . . . The head [had] a long crest at the back . . . their wingspan [was] roughly 10 feet.

Eskin Kuhn's pterosaur, another sketch by himMr. Kuhn drew sketches of the two pterosaurs soon after the sighting had taken place. Thanks to his thoughtfulness, we now have two detailed images of what he saw (he is obviously a talented artist).

2 Comments

  1. Tigers will inevitably disappear from the wild due to consumers demanding bone, pelt, and medicine made from them. Whales continue to be hunted to absolute extinction because the international ban on their procurement is flagrantly violated without any official attempt to legally block their harvest. Tuna is going the same route, as profit causes fisheries to disregard biological recovery measures. What do you think would happen to pterosaurs if their existence were indisputably proven?

  2. I understand the dangers many animals have faced from careless, cruel, or ignorant humans. But the important question that we now face may be this: Do we promote ignorance or knowledge? Remember that it is the more knowledgable humans, in general, who have more-recently helped keep some whale species alive. I believe that knowledge and wisdom together may help preserve species from extinction. Ignorance was the original problem with putting tigers, whales, and tuna in danger. Knowledge and wisdom may yet save them. Let us think in the same reasonable way about modern pterosaurs.

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