Five Eyewitnesses of Pterosaurs in Cuba

I included these five eyewitnesses in my newly published non-fiction book Searching for Ropens and Finding God. Eskin Kuhn and Patty Carson are given much attention, yet more eyewitnesses are mentioned, including three siblings of Carson.

Patty points to a tourist attraction on the island of St. Croix. Each of these four children saw a living pterosaur earlier, in Cuba.

Patty Carson & her two brothers & a sister, in a posed photo unrelated to ropens

In the above photo, the four children of the Carson family are looking at a tourist attraction on the island of St. Croix, in the Caribbean. But not many years earlier, these four kids, in three separate sighting encounters, saw a large flying creature that was most likely the same species as the two that would be seen in 1971 by the U. S. Marine Eskin Kuhn. (Much has been written about his encounter at Guantanamo Bay.)

The youngest child (on the left, with his chin on the rail) has long since forgotten about the animal, but he was with his sister, Patty, when the two of them encountered what has become known, in recent years, as the “Gitmo pterosaur.” The older two children also saw that apparent species, in two other sightings on other days. But all the sightings, including Eskin Kuhn’s, were at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The Gitmo Pterosaur

This may actually be the same species as the one labeled “American Hammerhead Ropen.” The following is an excerpt from the book:

I communicated with another eyewitness, in 2011, by emails and phone, about what I’d eventually call the “Gitmo Pterosaur.” Here is some of what I received from Patty Carson, whose father worked at Guantanamo Bay in the mid-1960’s:

“. . . We lived at the end of the road, last house, by the radio tower. We were walking from the boat yards toward home . . . where it was sandy underfoot, sparse scrub vegetation around four feet tall, smelled like tar from the boatyard and sulfur from the sandy flats.

” . . . Suddenly it sat up, as if it had been eating something or resting. The head and upper part of its body [appeared]. . . . right in front of us about thirty feet away. All of us froze for about five seconds, then it leaned to its left and took off with a fwap fwap fwap sound, in a big hurry, more of a scramble, and flew to its left and disappeared behind trees and terrain.”

Also from the book (another excerpt) is a report from Modesto, California:

The man later told me, “I didn’t realize you had dedicated as much time and resources to researching this subject as you have. . . . . Thanks for taking my story seriously. . . . [I’ll] do my best to explain the shape of the head . . . its head would be that of a ‘claw hammer’ only not bent downward. As for the front of its head, well it wasn’t blunt like the front of a claw hammer but rather like the beak of a pelican, without a saggy throat.”

That reminds me of the sightings east of Winder, Georgia, in the summer of 2008, of what I call the “American Hammerhead Ropen,” . . .  Some of these large flying creatures observed across North America should be the same species.



Nonfiction book by Jonathan Whitcomb: "Searching for Ropens and Finding God" a quest for modern pterosaurs

Searching for Ropens and Finding God – nonfiction true-life adventure, uplifting spiritually, educational, enjoyable

From the Acknowledgements:

What more could we ask of the U.S. Marine Eskin Kuhn and the little girl Patty Carson, two eyewitnesses of “pterodactyls” at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in the middle of the twentieth century? They carefully observed those flying creatures and later drew detailed sketches that defy any misidentification conjecture that any skeptic might throw at them. Thank you, Eskin; thank you, Patty.

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