Pterodactyls in the Philippines?

I sometimes learn of encounters between one or more eyewitnesses in the Philippines and a pterodactyl or flying creature with no feathers. I have also been informed of legends in that Asian country. One of them is the legend of the Berbalangs of Cagayan de Sulu, an island that is now called Mapun Island. The Berbalangs were said to be mostly human-like but also like the European vampire somewhat, with cat-like eyes. They were said to sometimes have the power of flight and would dig up graves in order to eat the intestines of the corpses, not a pleasant kind of meal. If that were not strange enough, when they flew around in that condition they had feet sticking out of their heads instead of ears.

So what person outside a primitive village in the Philippines would believe in such a strange legend? Well there may be a spark of truth in it. What other flying creature is said to dig up human graves in the southwest Pacific? The ropen of Papua New Guinea.

Berbalang Legend of the Philippines

How do they relate, a legend about flying persons who sometimes eat human flesh and eyewitness reports of living pterosaurs? Perhaps they don’t; but a legend about the ropen of Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea, resembles the legend of the Berbalang of Mapun Island, in the Philippines, in this way: The flying ropen is reported to eat human flesh and to transform himself, occasionally, into a man.

Pterosaurs and not Manta Rays

No offense to cryptozoologists who might want to believe in the following interpretation of Manta rays, but those fish are nothing like what eyewitnesses see when they report flying creatures they call “pterodacyls.” Jumping fishes, even the strange Manta rays, look far different, completely different, and they fall back into the sea within a very few seconds. Also, those fish do not fly over trees, far inland from any sea or large body of water.


Cryptozoology Book

Live Pterosaurs in America – nonfiction cryptozoology book – third edition

From the back cover of this extraordinary book:

Susan Wooten was driving east on Highway 20, towards Florence, South Carolina, when something flew just above and in front of her car. With a long tail but no feathers, “it looked as big as any car.”

Scott Norman did not believe he would see a living pterosaur,  as he sat alone, taking his turn watching the night sky. A bird is what his friends had probably seen. But at 2:00 a.m., less than forty feet away, what flew over the shed was no bird. The head alone was about four feet long; the head crest, two feet long, like that of a Pteranodon.

Another Book on Living Dinosaurs and Pterosaurs

A new nonfiction book, written by David Woetzel and illustrated by Richard Dobbs, is now available from Amazon and other sources.

Cover of nonfiction print book published in the early spring of 2013: Chronicles of Dinosauria

Chronicles of Dinosauria, by Woetzel and Dobbs

The title might lead one to think it’s a fictional tale, but it’s not. Woetzel has written about the possibility that dinosaurs and pterosaurs have lived in human time and that some of them could still be living. The illustrations, by Dobbs, make this an impressive publication, although the focus appears more narrow than standard cryptozoology genre, more of a Young Earth Creation cryptozoology book. The format is appropriate for older children and teens, although it does not yet seem to be marketed for the younger generation especially.

Here’s a peak at the author’s introduction, courtesy of Amazon “Look Inside:”

Why is it important that we carefully study the past to achieve a proper view of origins? It is critical because such study sets up our worldview and becomes foundational to our whole philosophy of life today. Are we accountable to a Creator, or merely a cosmic biological accident?

The Bible states, “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead” (Romans 1:20). A marvelous creation should inform us about the Designer and Maker of all that we observe around us, from the majestic mountains to the expansive oceans; from the starry cosmic light show to the incredible complexity of the single-celled bacteria.

Biblical Creation and Living Dinosaurs


Dating Dinosaurs With Carbon-14

. . . scientific progress sometimes involves astonishing new discoveries and concepts, and the previously-assumed ages of “prehistoric” fossils is now being disputed.



Biology Professors and Pterosaurs Alive

A survey questionnaire on pterosaur sightings was recently sent to biology professors at four large universities in the USA. Less than 2% of the biology faculty members replied, but not all of them are completely convinced that all species of pterosaurs became extinct many millions of years ago. The average score for the living pterosaur potential was not that good, 1.5% to be specific.

For an examination score, 1.5% could be the lowest F in the class. But in the survey of biology professors, those few who responded to the call for opinions, none of them were previously aware of the research done over the past twenty years. They were ignorant of the ropen expeditions in Papua New Guinea and the flying lights that were videotaped, including the one by the Destination Truth television team.

If a student bombs a test with 1.5% after no studying, that student could think twice about studying for the next text. Maybe biology professors should take that as an example and learn a little bit about what has been happening in cryptozoology. Then they might give the potential for pterosaur non-extinction something higher than a 1.5% score.

Pterosaur Sighting or What?

What paleontologist knows about the reported pterosaur flying near the university at Irvine, California? Probably not any professor at that university, for it was a non-faculty member who saw the animal fly in front of his car one summer day a few years ago.

Pterosaur Sightings Worldwide

The eyewitness contacted me soon after her sighting of the “dragon-pterodactyl” that she had encountered in her backyard in the middle of a clear day.


Cryptozoology Book

Third edition of Live Pterosaurs in America, by Jonathan David Whitcomb

From a reader:

I must say that it is a very good book and well worth the read! If your mind was closed to this subject, it will be opened after reading this book!

From the Introduction in the book:

This book might make a few Americans uneasy to walk alone at night; my intention, however, is not to frighten but to enlighten as many readers as possible to know about live-pterosaur investigations. Those who’ve been shocked at the sight of a flying creature that “should” be extinct—those eyewitnesses, more numerous than most Americans would guess, need no longer be afraid that everyone will think them crazy, and no longer need they feel alone. Those of us who’ve listened to the American eyewitnesses, we who have interviewed them, we now believe. So, if you will, consider the experiences of these ordinary persons (I’ve interviewed most of them myself) and accept whatever enlightenment you may.

Long Tails of Pterosaurs

Regarding sightings of live pterosaurs, let’s be clear about what we’re talking about with long tails. Most eyewitnesses either do not mention anything about the tail or mention that it was long. Relatively few tell us that there was not any long tail. For example:

Irvine, California, Pterosaur Sighting

In the summer of 2007, just north of the University of California at Irvine, near the duck ponds, a creature flew over the road at low altitude, in clear daylight. It was about as long, nose-to-tail-end, as the width of that road, in other words thirty feet. The anonymous eyewitness said that the tail along was about 15-16 feet long, and it had wrinkles on the underside of the wings, showing the lack of feathers. At the end of the tail was a flange that the eyewitness said was “triangle-shaped.”

Bougainville Island, New Guinea, Sighting

The creature I saw one early morning in Bougainville is etched in my memory. It was so unusual. I actually heard it before I saw it. A slow flap…flap…flaping sound. . . . I can still hear that slow flapping sound in the stillness of an early tropical morn, on the road from Panguna down to loloho on Bougainville Island in 1971.

When I looked up, trying to see what was making this sound, i saw a very unusual creature. Firstly, it was very big (wingspan at least 2 metres, probably more…possibly much , much more). . . . I had never seen anything like it before. It certainly  looked prehistoric, in that it did not look like any other bird that I have seen before or since. Why prehistoric? Well, maybe my memory has been influenced by the intervening years, but I recall seeing this creature with a longish narrow tail . . .

The most striking thing was the giant wingspan. (in relation to the size of the body), and not a feather in sight (and that is not to say that there weren’t feathers…maybe I could not discern them).


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Kongamato in Africa

In 1956 an engineer is said to have seen a kongamato at Fort Rosebery in Northern Rhodesia, in what is now Zambia. At about sunset, he saw two of them flying slowly overhead. The wingspan he thought was about three feet, perhaps a bit more. The length of the kongamato, including beak and tail, was about four feet or a bit more, and it had a long thin tail.


“Pterodactyl” Sightings Worldwide

It was very large, about 4 or 5 feet in height . . . no feathers . . . leathery looking. It had a large long, wide beak & the classic appendage (the long bone looking thing sticking out the back of its head). it was perched on the edge of the roof . . . Its tail looked like a lions tail; it was very long & had a bushy or hairy tip.


"Live Pterosaurs in America" third edition - nonfiction cryptozoology

Revolutionary cryptozoology book: Live Pterosaurs in America – 3rd edition – NON-FICTION!

Quoting part of one of the eyewitness sighting reports:

“One evening, I was outside my apartment building . . . talking to my brother. . . . We were very used to the normal nightly activities of the area. We knew what the local birds and bats looked like . . .

“My dad and I had, on several occasions, noticed bats flying right near our heads . . . Neither my brother or I was prone to being scared by anything outside at night. This night was different.

“We noticed something flying around across the road . . . the creature was flying just above the phone lines. It would go one direction, turn, and swoop back. The shape was wrong for any large bird of the area, and the size was much too large to be any bat I have ever seen (I have seen a flying fox in a zoo, too, once with wings spread). The wingspan was huge, anywhere from 6-10 feet across.”