Pterosaurs in Eastern Australia and in New ZealandOctober 18th, 2012 at 5:20
The digital book Live Pterosaurs in Australia and in Papua New Guinea mentions several pterosaur sightings in Australia, including one in Queensland.
Kathy was driving [at about 8:30] at night, with her thirteen-year-old daughter, when the huge creature flew over the car:
“. . . The wings were so big. Black bat leather like.”
“One wing covered the car . . . you could see, just the underneath.”
“As it [bent its] wing . . . you could see how strong it was, so big.”
“No feathers just leather.”
“You could see the vein look stretching across the wing . . . covered with black stretched leather.”
Kathy answered my question about the location:
“We saw it at Mt Coolum Sunshine Coast . . . one hill away from Centenary Heights Rd.”
The digital book also mentions:
In modern eyewitness reports [worldwide, not restricted to Australia], long-tailed pterosaurs outnumber short-tails, at least four-to-one. Standard models of extinction make this ratio appear strange, for the long-tailed variety were thought to have dwindled before the short-tailed pterosaurs became dominant, at least that’s the theory. Nevertheless, the ratio is significant in modern sightings, appearing consistent regardless of the culture or beliefs or education of the eyewitness. . . .
Cryptozoology is not a branch of science, at least not in the usual sense; but it can motivate zoologists to conduct field investigations, at least in theory it can motivate them. It is the “study of hidden animals,” and usually relies less on direct scientific examination and more on eyewitness testimony; nevertheless, we can use scientific reasoning and methods within the boundaries of cryptozoology. . . .
Skeptics sometimes imagine misidentifications and hoaxes as explanations for pterosaur sightings. Statistical analysis has eliminated hoaxes as a major factor, but what about birds and bats that might have looked somewhat like pterosaurs? Detailed examinations of individual sightings eliminate that misidentification idea, but each report needs to be examined individually. I have researched that possibility off and on for about eight years.
From the paperback book Searching for Ropens (second edition):
In 2006, a young man living in Eastern Australia emailed the Perth couple about his close encounter with a nocturnal creature in the early 1990’s, when he was about twelve years old. During his farm chores, between 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., he forgot something and had to backtrack. When he looked back at where he had been, at the door of a shed, he saw a large creature with wings. It was on the roof of the shed, just above the door where he had recently been standing.
. . . the boy had a brief view of the body and wings of the creature. It was larger than an average man six feet tall, with wings that folded to the side and back, reminiscent of bat wings. The boy ran to his house for help, but his parents saw nothing; by the time they had responded, the creature was gone.
Across New Zealand, North Islands farmland and countryside, there have been for almost a century tales from farmers and hunters, of a horrid winged beast, with long sharp fangs lining its narrow, beak-like jaws. . . . Farmers despise it [it attacks their cattle at night]. It is called “The Flying Slasher.” [Of course, this could be a non-pterosaur flying creature; who knows?]
I don’t ask you to launch your imagination to fly with every story about a live “pterodactyl.” When somebody sends me an email about a strange flying creature, I don’t jump onto the first paragraph as if the creature had to have been a living pterosaur . . .
Aaron: Joining me today is Jonathan David Whitcomb, author of Live Pterosaurs in America and a new book which has just come out: Live Pterosaurs in Australia and [in] Papua New Guinea. . . .
. . . Jonathan: Most species of pterosaurs have become extinct at some time in the past . . . What we’re trying to portray to the world is that we’ve discovered a large number of eyewitnesses, from different parts of the world, who testify of something that couldn’t be anything other than one or more species of living pterosaur.
“At the far side of the clearing, a huge creature was running and flapping its wings. All the grass around it was flattened by the blasts of wind from the creature getting airborne. . . .”
On a morning of 1981, [a farming couple witnessed] a spectacle they would never forget. After being woken by strange sounds, the couple walked to the pig sty . . . They were shocked to see a rather large piglet head butting an animal they had never seen before, a bat-like creature with an impressive, long beak, covered in scales. Both were covered in blood . . . the piglet seemed to be losing the fight. The winged creature . . . [after more fighting] flew off with the body [of the pig] in its jaws.