What is the Indava?
On the mainland of Papua New Guinea
, lives a colony of creatures unclassified by science but known to the
villagers as “indava.” They are said to fly to the coast to feed at night but this is a long flight for a meal: To the east, the round
trip is over a hundred miles.
The villagers almost never see these creatures in daylight. Why? The indavas are nocturnal. But
how can these creatures navigate over the tropical rain forest mountains at night? Their bright bioluminescent
glow lights the way
as they follow the terrain--that is the opinion of some investigators of the phenomenon.
Cryptozoology is the classification
of the kind of investigations done by the explorers who have visited the tropical rain forests
since 1994. Jim Blume, Carl Baugh,
and Paul Nation
pioneered the search for these pterosaur-like creatures and other Americans followed: Jonathan Whitcomb, Garth Guessman,
and David Woetzel, all of them believing that the cryptid called "indava" is a giant living pterosaur, also called the "ropen" of the
Paul Nation returned to Papua New Guinea late in 2006 and became the first Westerner to bring back video evidence
for the indava
. The video footage was analyzed by a scientist (Cliff Paiva, missle defense physicist), who eliminated many commonplace
explanations for the two lights videotaped. Although he was not able to find any direct evidence for a living pterosaur, the lights
were not made by any airplane, meteors, camp fires, auto headlights, or lanterns.