Front-Page News About Sighting Of Pterosaur
A living pterosaur made headlines in the August 5th (2009) issue of the Antwerp Bee-Argus newspaper. A local "young man was reported
to have seen something strange flying over the Maumee River in the summer of 2003."
"He described it like a pterosaur, ac-cording
to a recently-published book, 'Live Pterosaurs in America.'"
The creature was reported "chasing sparrows as it flew over
the Route 49 bridge near Antwerp, Ohio." The author found credibility in the testimony.
Small-town Newspaper Headline
The small-town newspaper in northwest Ohio did not get this news from a local rumor or from an interview with the man. The author
of the cryptozoology book, Jonathan Whitcomb, gave them the story of the anonymous eyewitness.
Few major newspapers have
published eyewitnesses accounts of apparent living-pterosaurs, at least in recent years. As reported in the Antwerp Bee-Argus, they
"have been thought by many scientists to have gone extinct many millions of years ago," that is, the pterosaurs, not yet major newspapers.
A sighting of a living pterosaur would seem newsworthy for big-city news-papers, and reports are hardly rare. A minister
was driving in Mount Vernon, Ohio, one morning in the fall of 2005, when he saw a "creature in the sky . . .
feathers," and a long tail "with a diamond-shaped point at the end." A brief examination of that account is enough to suggest
it appears similar to what was seen in Antwerp.
Press releases about reports of live pterosaurs in the United States have
been rare in recent years. But two reports, in July and August of 2009, dealt with two issues: the unlikelihood
of hoaxes (three
and the estimate that 1400 Americans have been eyewitnesses within the past 30 years. Reports are not confined
to 19th Century Arizona cowboys.
Earlier press releases about the ropen of Papua New Guinea suggest that some of the creatures
seen in the United States may be related to what has been seen in the Southwest Pacific.
"STRANGE FLYING CREATURE SEEN NEAR ANTWERP"
Press Releases on Pterosaurs