Pterosaurs in the East U.S.A.

A modern pterosaur species, or number of species, are seen in many states of the U.S.A., including the eastern states like Maine, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

Pterosaurs in Virginia

“. . . taking a camping trip with my boss and his friends, and I believe it was near the Maryland-Virginia line in the Chesapeake area . . . My boss and I suddenly saw . . . a flying object that was strange. Why? Because we knew it was quite far away, but it was as big as a regular bird would appear up close. . . . amazement took over. It flew directly over us, about twenty yards above us . . . it perched on a tree about fifty yards past us. . . . This [pterosaur] had a pterodactyl protruded head and a rhamphorhynchoid diamond-tipped tail . . . wing-tip to wing-tip, about 12+ feet? I don’t even know if I’m close. And the length, I’d estimate about 10 feet?”

Live Pterosaur in North Carolina

“I was driving home from dropping a friend off at school . . . (passed the Food Lion on Commerce Rd, going towards Country Club Rd in Jacksonville, NC), I saw something HUGE above me in the sky.  It looked like a pale greenish white and smooth-skinned. It didn’t appear to have any feathers, and it had the tail with the diamond shape on the end.”

South Carolina Pterosaur

Susan Wooten was driving . . . to the town of Florence, on a clear mid-afternoon in the fall of about 1989 . . . Where the road was surrounded by woods and swamps, Wooten saw something flying from her left, then passing in front of her . . . “It swooped down over the highway and back up gracefully over the pines,” but its appearance was shocking: “It looked as big as any car . . . NO feathers, not like a huge crane or egret, but like a humongous bat.”

Modern Pterosaur in Georgia

Fifteen miles of her commute is on a two-lane 55-mph road through woods alternating with pastures . . . The southeastern United States had just been hit by Fay [a serious storm] . . . when PS drove to work on August 27, 2008. . . . this weather disturbance may relate to her daylight encounter with an animal I believe to be nocturnal.

. . . an animal suddenly flew from the right, just over the front of her car . . . Overall, the animal was tan, similar to the light brown of the local deer, and the color was uniform. . . . [From her sketch of the creature—she is a talented artist] a ridge runs along the underside of the tail. [The tail is long, with a heart-shaped structure at the end.]

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