Umboi Island (Siassi) in Papua New Guinea Whitcomb Woetzel Nation Guessman Blume The above five men, and a few others, have explored Umboi Island, in Papua New Guinea, to search for the elusive ropen. The nocturnal predator is thought to be a modern pterosaur. Ropen of Umboi Island Umboi Island Expedition Opai Village Gomlongon Village Pterosaur-like Creatures Many people in “Piugini,” or Papua New Guinea, call this island “Big Siassi.” This tropical volcanic island, at about 900 square kilometers in area, may be best known as the home of the ropen, a giant glowing creature that flies at night. Its Villages, Lakes, and Mountains On the northern coast are Aupwel and Kampalap, villages where natives sometimes see the flying light they call “ropen.” To the south are the villages of Gomlongon and Opai. Buan is the largest lake, surrounded by marshy land. Several volcanic peaks include Barik, Sual, Tolo, and the largest mountain, Bel. Some of those mountains have crater lakes, in particular Pung, within those peaks that include Mount Tolo. This is where seven boys saw a ropen around late 1993 or early 1994. Book on Pterosaur of Umboi In the non-fiction book Searching for Ropens, the cryptozoological investigations of this creature are analyzed and compared with standard models that are popularly taught regarding science. The book also takes a humorous look at how a visitor from the USA, who was not a mountain climber, struggled through jungle trails in his quest to videotape a ropen. Introduction to Umboi Island Flying dinosaurs in Papua New Guinea Two of the three native eyewitnesses interviewed by the American explorer Jonathan Whitcomb in 2004, in a remote village on Umboi Island. They were part of a group of seven teenagers who were terrorized by a giant ropen flying over the crater lake called “Pung.” The small children are sweet and innocent, yet remarkably capable. A seven-year-old can carry a machete up a tree, then toss coconuts down to the ground with ease. Villagers are asking for help; they need to dig a well, for now they must walk up a steep hill, every day, when they carry water. These children in a small village near Lake Pung, were excited at the rare visit from an American. Perhaps they had never before seen a man with white skin and a video camera (Whitcomb). Lake Pung Umboi Island, northeast of the mainland on the nation of Papua New Guinea Opai Village and Gomlongon Village Michael, of Opai Village, describes a grave robbery by the ropen of Umboi Island, as the American Jonathan Whitcomb asks him questions about the strange event. Although there are legends about the glowing ropen, investigators believe this is a real creature, probably a “basal” or Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur. When it is seen clearly, the description resembles those for other flying creatures in other parts of the world. The pterosaur is not actually a “flying dinosaur,” even though some Americans might call it that. It is a different kind of animal, not any kind of bat or bird, with a different wing structure entirely.   Contrary to the opinion of some skeptics, ideas about the Mesozoic strata cannot reasonably be used as if evidence against the idea of living pterosaurs. One critical part of dating strata is in finding what kinds of fossils are in it. That challenges objectivity when a paleontologist is assuming that no species of any pterosaur survived past about 65 million years ago, for any newly discovered pterosaur fossil is always dated according to that assumption. Opai Village and Gomlongon are southwest of Lake Buan. Many natives have witnessed a strange light at night, known by the villagers as “ropen.” It is said to fly out to the coast to catch fish at night. Some researchers believe its bioluminescence can help the creature in catching the fish, but much research still needs to be done. Copyright 2005-2013 Jonathan David Whitcomb This sketch of the “Gitmo Pterosaurs” of Cuba, drawn by eyewitness Eskin C. Kuhn, may be closely related to the ropen of Umboi Island