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About Umboi Island in Papua New Guinea

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James (Jim) Blume interviewed this old native. The glowing ropen was trying to rob a human grave.

To some Americans and other Westerners, Umboi Island is known as the home of the ropen, reported to be a large long-tailed surviving pterosaur (Rhamphorhynchoid type), also called pterodactyl. Yet most Westerners have never heard of Umboi Island, even those who know that Papua New Guinea is an independent nation of islands between Australia and […]

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Second Pterosaur Expedition of 2004

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Woetzel and a native and Guessman, on Umboi Island

Ten years ago David Woetzel and Garth Guessman climbed mountains and interviewed natives on Umboi Island (AKA Siasi) in Papua New Guinea. I pray that their expedition will not be forgotten, for how dramatic were their discoveries, notwithstanding the ropen of Umboi appearing unwilling to cooperate except through one or two brief glowing episodes. I […]

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Ropen Expedition Suggestions

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James (Jim) Blume interviewed this old native. The glowing ropen was trying to rob a human grave.

Ten years ago today, I was in the Lae International Hotel in Papua New Guinea, preparing for my expedition on Umboi Island while I awaited the small ship that I would board for that island. Today, I received some suggestions and questions about future expeditions and what has been done, in that third world country, […]

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Ropen Expeditions of 1994 and 1996

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In the 1990's, native eyewitnesses were interviewed by American Carl Baugh and missionary Jim Blume. This native saw a ropen hanging onto a tree trunk.

We have been awed by eyewitness reports from recent years; but we must not forget those who made possible recent investigations: The explorers of the 1990’s who searched for the ropen and interviewed native eyewitnesses in Papua New Guinea. Without those expeditions in 1994 and 1996, where would we be? Without Carl Baugh’s early expeditions, we would […]

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Ropen Sighting by Cottingham

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An email interview in 2007 is hardly news now, but this account of a sighting of a possible pterosaur has not previously been covered on this blog. The Australian Steven Cottingham was the government’s Officer-In-Charge (Kiap) of Umboi and surrounding islands, and he lived on Umboi Island for one and a half years (natives call this island […]

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Woetzel ropen sighting of 2004

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David Woetzel, American cryptozoologist and explorer

“Ropen” is what natives of Umboi Island call the nocturnal flying creature, and legends abound. Most eyewitnesses have only seen it from a distance, at night, and they describe a strange flying light. David Woetzel led the second ropen expedition on Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea, late in 2004, accompanied by fellow-American cryptozoologist Garth Guessman. […]

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Scientific paper on living pterosaurs

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Creation Research Society Quarterly - cover

The peer-reviewed Creation Research Society Quarterly (CRSQ), Volume 45, Number 3, contains the article “Reports of Living Pterosaurs in the Southwest Pacific,” by Jonathan D. Whitcomb. Included was the eyewitness account of the Umboi Island native Gideon Koro, interviewed in 2004 by Whitcomb: “In about 1994, at Lake Pung, Umboi, and in daylight, seven boys, […]

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Indava and ropen of Papua New Guinea

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Plate 22 in Cliff Paiva report

By the living-pterosaur author and expert Jonathan D. Whitcomb Since Paul Nation’s 2006 video recording of two lights on a ridge deep in the mainland of Papua New Guinea, cryptozoologists have a new name for the ropen: “indava.” It’s not that everything about the glowing indava is identical to ropen lights; indeed, the indava seems […]