I recently received an email from an eyewitness who encountered an apparent pterosaur in Alabama. Let’s compare it with other sightings in the southeastern United States.
Pterosaur in Alabama
“I just wanted to let you know, my husband and I saw one in Alabama a few years ago. I have been searching recently to find out what it is. I have no doubt this is what it was. My husband and I said it looked like a dinosaur. It was flying in front of our car across an open highway. It’s wingspan was probably between 8-10 feet.”
Question: What time of day or night was the sighting?
Answer: It was during the day, late morning.
Q: Did you see a tail on the flying creature?
A: Yes, there was a tail.
Q: About how high was it flying above the ground?
A: It was flying about level or a little higher than our car windshield level in our suv.
Q: Could give me an estimate of the distant you were from the creature, especially when it was closest to you?
A: I would say about half a football field, maybe a little less.
Q: What year was the sighting?
Betweem 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., a woman was driving in Franklin, Georgia, on July 18, 2012, when she and her two sons saw what they called a “flying dinosaur” with a long tail.
A ropen or something similar flew over a woman’s car near Asheville, North Carolina. She said that the creature had no feathers and that it was “huge.”
This eyewitness gives her real name: Susan Wooten, who encountered a pterosaur “as big as any car” while she was driving one day on a country highway in South Carolina.
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Live Pterosaurs in America, third edition, by Jonathan Whitcomb
From inside the front cover of this cryptozoology book:
How are sightings in the United States related to those in the southwest Pacific? How do some apparent nocturnal pterosaurs pertain to bats, and how are bats irrelevant? How could modern living pterosaurs have escaped scientific notice? These mysteries have slept in the dark, beyond the knowledge of almost all Americans, even beyond our wildest dreams (although the reality of some pterosaurs is a living nightmare to some bats). These mysteries have slept . . . until now.
From the back cover of this nonfiction book:
Americans, for years, have reported obvious living pterosaurs, with sightings in Washington state, California, New Mexico, Texas, Ohio, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Virginia, Kansas, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Missouri.
From a review of the second edition (awarded 5 stars):
This is an updated review of the book and I am changing my rating to 5 stars. This book has been on my shelf for almost a year now. I pick it up every now and then and a part of me becomes more impressed by the book every time. . . . Some people claim to have seen dinosaurs and pterodactyl like animals today and in the past?? I couldn’t get enough and their are so few books on the subject. I highly recommend this. . . . If you are interested in reading about this subject, this is definitely the book to get . . . This is well written and very hard to put down. [words of “stevie”]