On August 13, 2015, I received an email from an eyewitness living South of Provo, Utah. It confirms earlier reports of apparent pterosaurs in Utah, especially nocturnal flying creatures that are very large. Here is part of what the new eyewitness reported to me:
Well, last night I was outside in my backyard in Spanish Fork, UT, we were watching the Perseid meteor shower. I brought out a very bright focused beam flashlight to point at stars and satellites for my buddies that were out there with me. After a few minutes, I saw these “birds” . . .
There were two or three circling around. I shined the flashlight on them and saw what was unmistakably the shape of bat wings. I know in Utah we don’t have bats that big . . . The largest bat in Utah supposedly has a 17″ [inch] wingspan. This flying animal was undoubtedly 7-10 foot wingspan.
My two friends that were out there with me confirmed the same thing. They said it had bat shape wings and that it looked huge. It was hard to judge the actual size with a backdrop of the night sky, but it looked to be flying 150-200′ overhead [150 to 200 feet high].
The beam of my flashlight barely illuminated it, but it was enough to see a greyish brown flying animal that looked similar to a bat. Very concerning. We found your site after researching it and we believe we’ve sighted a Pterosaur!
More About the August 12th Sighting in Spanish Fork
The flashlight used by the eyewitness was a Streamlight Stinger DS LED, and it has a 310-meter beam distance, at the highest setting, with a rating of “350 lumens; 24,000 candela peak beam intensity.” I believe that explains why the flying creatures (possible ropens) were seen overhead, for they came within minutes or so of when the beam was first pointed up into the sky that night. They may have been attracted to the light.
It was not the first time that this particular eyewitness had encountered those flying creatures. On August 8, 2015, in Salem, Utah, (just south of Spanish Fork) he saw something similar, during a large commercial fireworks display, about a quarter of a mile from where the possible-ropens were seen. Both sightings were at about 10:30 p.m.
At the first sighting, the man did not appreciate what he had seen and dismissed it. During the second sighting (four days later), he saw more, for he had the use of the high-powered flashlight.
The eyewitness also reported to me the following, concerning the second sighting:
The wings had the characteristics of bones, how you can see the skeletal structure and skin stretched in between. It looked a lot like a bat, but there is no doubt in my mind that it was MASSIVE. I’ve never seen a flying creature that big in Utah before.
He did not notice the presence or absence of a tail, which is common with sightings at night. He also told me the following about the possibility of bioluminescence:
I’ll admit, I learned about the apparent bio luminescence after the sighting by reading on your site and others, but now that I know that, it makes total sense why they looked ghostly . . .
Comparison With the Grantsville, Utah, Sighting
Two eyewitnesses of the night-time sighting in Grantsville, UT, years ago, saw more clearly that the huge flying creature had something like bioluminescence, a glow that the animal appeared to turn off and on. The farm animals became very alarmed at the appearance of that very large flying creature.
Like the sighting in Spanish Fork, there were multiple eyewitnesses.
The following is from the fourth edition of my nonfiction cryptozoology book Searching for Ropens and Finding God (Chapter 22: Fly by the Light):
Do all nocturnal pterosaurs glow like the ropen of Papua New Guinea? Not necessarily. Do all bioluminescent pterosaurs glow for less than seven seconds at a time? Not according to some witnesses of the indava.
We could have a number of species of large glowing flying creatures in this world, some of which are modern pterosaurs, including ropens. The eyewitness in southeast Texas has probably seen a species of ropen, for I have not yet found anything suggesting any bat has bioluminescence, and many daylight sightings in the southern USA convince me we have ropens.
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Please CONTACT me, if you have seen something similar, in Utah or anywhere else. Thank you.
. . . your religion has nothing to do with whether or not you will see an apparent pterosaur, however it relates closely to whether or not you will go on an expedition in search of those creatures.
Sightings of apparent pterosaurs have often been reported in California. We also have reports from Oregon and Arizona and the middle states of America. What about Utah? Consider the following, part of a sighting report . . .
Image of the “Gitmo Pterosaur” of Cuba
What comes to mind when you read “dinosaur?” Probably “extinct” or “extinction.” What about the word “ropen?” . . . Live pterosaurs! But it gets even stranger. . . . [Americans] began searching for them in the United States. . . . “the neck about 1-2 feet in length, the head was about four feet in length, and the head . . . has a crest that was about 2 feet in length.”
Three children, including Devon Roberts and his brother Dallin, saw something huge flying overhead, at about 11 p.m., [in Grantsville, Utah] around the fall of 2001, something very unlike any bird.
What do the flying lights of Umboi Island, Tawa Village, and Salamaua have in common?
. . . from the compilations leading up to the end of 2012, for the forty-eight contiguous states of the USA, for the more credible reports.
The ropen is a long-tailed flying cryptid described as pterosaur-like and reported by eyewitnesses around the world, especially in North America and in the southwest Pacific.
Could living pterosaurs still fly through the skies? An investigation in the realm of cryptozoology.