Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea
Umboi Island is remote in the sense that it takes an American as much as a
week to get there. Most of the people dress in Western style clothing, with
only an occasional exception of some of the old women who sometimes do
not wear much clothing around their homes. Some of the villagers speak a
bit of English, but amazingly many of these people live in the deeper areas
churches, for many of these villagers seem to value education.
The small children are sweet
and innocent, yet remarkably
capable. A seven-year-old can
carry a machete up a tree and
toss down coconuts with ease.
These children in a small village
near Lake Pung, are excited at a
rare visit from an American. They
probably had never before seen a
man with white skin and a camera.
On the northern coast are Aupwel
& Kampalap villages. Buan is the
largest lake, surrounded by some
marshy land. There are several
volcanic peaks, including Barik,
Sual, Tolo, and Bel. Some of
these include crater lakes such
as Pung, within Mount Tolo. This
is where seven boys saw a ropen
in the mid-1990’s.
southwest of Lake Buan. Many
of these people have witnessed a
strange light at night. It is known
by the villagers as the ropen and
it is said to fly out to the coast to
catch fish at night. Researchers
believe its bioluminescence can
help the creature in catching the
fish. Much research is needed.
In the non-fiction book Searching for Ropens, the cryptozoological investigations of this creature are analyzed and compared with the standard models of science. It is also a humorous look at how a non-mountain-climber struggled through jungle trails in his quest to videotape a ropen.
Although there are legends about the ropen, investigators believe this is a real creature.
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. (A critical part of dating strata is in finding what kinds of fossils are in it.)
Villagers are asking for help; they need to dig a well, for now they must walk up a steep hill when they carry water.