Ropen-Pterodactyl in Utah and Arizona?

Note that the phrase “flying dinosaur” is technically inaccurate, for pterosaurs are not actually dinosaurs. Some persons call them “prehistoric birds” or “pterodactyls,” although that’s also incorrect terminology. The ropen is considered, by some cryptozoologists, to be a modern Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur.

Three things set the featherless ropens apart from bats:

  1. Long tails (Finschhafen-1944 sighting estimate: 10-15+ feet long)
  2. Size (many estimates with wingspans over ten feet)
  3. Bioluminescent glow

An Apparent Large Glowing Ropen in Utah

My wife and I visited Devon and his brother Dallin in St. George, Utah, this past Thursday, and they told us about the extraordinary encounter they had in Grantsville, Utah, fourteen years ago. These two young men were two of the three boys who witnessed the glowing creature just south of the Great Salt Lake.

It was between 10 p.m. and midnight when they saw the glowing bird-like thing flying overhead. The nearby farm animals went wild with noises farm animals make when they are terrified. The three boys (aged 12-14) were also excited, bewildered at what they were seeing.

Both Devon and Dallin described the huge flying creature as glowing, although the glow would turn off and on. Devon estimated the wingspan was about twenty feet, although he said it could have been fifteen feet.

An Apparent Pterosaur in Arizona, in Daylight

In 2011, a man reported to me that four years earlier he had seen a strange flying creature in Phoenix, Arizona. Here is part of his report:

I was outside . . . looking over at the salt river bed [near] the airport when I saw a very large ptero something swoop (glide) in and land . . . [It] was spashing in the water. It had no feathers and it was very large! It had what looked like really old worn out leather wings and a thing coming out of the back of its head.

Possible Baby Pterosaur in Arizona

The following is part of what was reported to me in November of 2012:

To whom it may concern, I have seen one of these creatures under a bridge near Tucson Az. It was a baby and was covered in soft whitish looking fur or down. The top of its head was moulting [sic] with a top knot protruding. . . . We were standing not more than 15 ft from this “baby.” It was unhappy with our arrival and spread its wings out and tried to adopt a threatening birdlike attack but it was almost toppling over onto its face because of the incredible wingspan  measuring at least 3 to 4 ft on each side . . .

Taking the Utah and Arizona Sightings in Context

If those few sightings in Utah and Arizona were the only reports of modern long-tailed pterosaurs in North America, they would indeed give little support to the idea that such flying creatures are still living. Yet they are only a tiny portion of the sightings of apparent pterosaurs in this part of the world, encounters with both obvious pterosaurs in daylight and huge glowing flying creatures at night.



Bioluminescent Ropen of Papua New Guinea

American cryptozoology author Jonathan Whitcomb believes the ropen of Umboi is related to the “Gitmo Pterosaur” of Cuba.  . . . A lady describes how the glowing ropen flew over Lab Lab Village (Umboi Island, PNG), one night.

Dinosaurs Living With Humans

Dr. Dennis Swift has spoken much and written much about the concept that people, in earlier centuries, have lived with dinosaurs. The following is just a brief summary of what he has revealed about evidences that ancient people have lived with extant dinosaurs.

Flying Creature Called “Ropen”

What do we know about the ropen? It is not confined to Papua New Guinea, which makes sense when we consider that the largest ones have wingspans greater than twenty feet. Flying creatures similar to the ropen of the southwest Pacific have been reported in Asia, Europe, Africa, and North America.

Ropen From the Jungles of Papua New Guinea

It is described as a large, featherless flying creature with a long tail. It is reported to glow at night, in a way suggesting the animal controls the light (called “intrinsic bioluminescence”).

Flying Fox Bat or the Ropen

Why are fruit bats not what was observed? Eyewitnesses do not describe creatures with no tails and  with wingspans of seven feet; they observe creatures with tails longer than seven feet and wingspans  greater than twenty feet.

Ropen of North America

For generations, Americans have known the phrase “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” It’s in the Declaration of Independence. Yet how important is knowledge in preserving human life! When it comes to keeping themselves alive, people have the right to know the truth.



"Live Pterosaurs in America" third edition - nonfiction cryptozoology

Live Pterosaurs in America (nonfiction, third edition) by Jonathan Whitcomb


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