Ropen in Lakewood, California

Feeling certain about both eyewitness credibility and about correct identification—that appears more rare than the ropen itself, when I interview eyewitnesses by email, by phone conversation, or in person. But yesterday I read an email from an eyewitness who had seen a flying creature in Lakewood, California, only one day earlier, and our subsequent conversations by phone and in person verified her credibility. Details in her description also verified the high probability that it was an American Ropen (a Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur).

At mid-day, in the backyard of her home in Lakewood, the lady at first paid little attention to the barking of her nearby dog. She was focused on her computer until she heard a strange noise. She looked up to see a strange winged creature that immediately flew off, startled by the human who had suddenly come out from under the nearby gazebo.

As the creature unfurled its wings, the lady was surprised by the loud noise, like “heavy fabric.” The long-tailed creature flew off to a large tree in a neighbor’s yard, whereupon the lady ran into her house to tell her husband. The two of them then drove around the neighborhood, camera in hand, searching for what the lady later referred to as a “dragon pteradactal.”

The ropen, with a wingspan estimated at 5-6 feet, was perched over a storm drain in Lakewood, California, a part of which canal appears very similar to this (also in Lakewood):

a storm drain in a residential neighborhood of Lakewood, California


See also:

Ropen Pterosaur

Duane Hodgkinson’s sighting of the “pterodactyl” on the mainland of New Guinea, in 1944, has given us a dramatic source of information on the amazing ropen.

Pterosaurs Alive!

“I couldn’t put this book down. It is absolutely fascinating to read about eyewitness accounts of the people who have seen these creatures. To learn about these testimonies from such an open minded perspective is refreshing in the extreme! . . .” [a review of the book Live Pterosaurs in America]

8 Replies to “Ropen in Lakewood, California”

  1. Hi Jonathan,

    Is there any chance of you investigating this sighting yourself? It seems worthwhile, from what you have written.



    1. Thank you for your question and comment.

      I have been actively investigating this sighting for several days now. I hope to participate in some night-vision video recordings of the backyard and surrounding areas sometime soon. It is exciting, and how!

  2. Hi Jonathan,

    No doubt it would be exciting. There is nothing like doing the research yourself and I wish you all the best in finding a living pterosaur. One of the reasons the research seems so promising is because the sighting is so recent.



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