Live Pterosaur Media Center Live Pterosaur Media Center Jonathan David Whitcomb About Whitcomb Why would a young man in Sudan, Africa, who had recently gained his first  access to a computer, send an email to the American Jonathan Whitcomb?  The young man, about twenty years earlier as a boy, had a frightening  encounter with an animal that Whitcomb often hears about, a flying creature  that most Western scientists assume had become extinct many millions of  years ago. This American believes that the extinction idea itself will  someday become extinct, regarding pterosaurs. He listens to eyewitnesses.  Since his expedition in Papua New Guinea in 2004, Whitcomb has received  many emails and occasional phone calls from ordinary persons who have  seen extraordinary animals: apparent pterosaurs. On August 18, 2008, he  received a phone call from a man in England, a plane pilot who recently had  a near-collision with a large creature flying 6500 feet above the sea, 150  miles from Bali, Indonesia. After email interviews with the pilot and copilot,  Whitcomb did not come to any firm conclusion about the creature except  that they might have witnessed a giant ropen, a long-tailed flying creature  often witnessed in Papua New Guinea. Few cryptozoologists have any  significant experience with eyewitness testimonies of the ropen. Whitcomb  is one of the few: a modern pterosaur expert.   Since early 2004, he has written over one thousand blog posts and countless  other web pages on living pterosaurs: mostly analysis of eyewitness reports,  replies to critics, and answers to common questions. He has also written  three nonfiction books and a paper in a peer-reviewed journal of science.   Although most of his web pages are in English, a few are in Spanish,  French, German, Japanese, and Hungarian. Direct eyewitness reports have  come from Australia, Africa, Europe, North America, and islands of the  southwest Pacific; he has also encountered indirect reports including some  from South America.   He has been on broadcast radio talk shows and was interviewed by a Polish  cryptozoological society editor. He was consulted by both the Destination  Truth and MonsterQuest production teams before their expeditions in Papua  New Guinea. Wikipedia’s definition of “ropen” is taken from Whitcomb’s  nonfiction book Searching for Ropens. His promotion of the concept of  modern living pterosaurs has been mentioned in a number of  newspapers,  including an issue of the Houston Chronicle.   In May of 2012, Whitcomb was interviewed by Richard Syrett (host of the  “Conspiracy Show”) for Canadian television.                                                           ### Pterosaur Expert Whitcomb Expedition on Umboi Island, 2004 Gideon Koro was confused by Whitcomb’s question. There were no feathers on the ropen. (2004 interview, Umboi Island) Jonathan Whitcomb, the American modern-pterosaur expert Email interviews with eyewitnesses  from around the world has given the  American cryptozoologist a unique  perspective on the concept of living  pterosaurs in our modern world. Jonathan Whitcomb near Gomlongon Village, Papua New Guinea Whitcomb family at Loch Ness, 1972 (typical tourists with one atypical taste) Whitcomb in Long Beach, California Gideon Koro tells Whitcomb about the ropen flying over a lake Whitcomb family at Loch Ness in the summer of 1972 live-pterosaur expert Jonathan David Whitcomb expert video analysis of the two indava lights recorded in 2006 Clifford Paiva’s analysis of video of two indava lights on the mainland of Papua New Guinea Eyewitness David Mokay, a respected leader in Opai Village, Umboi, was interviewed by Whitcomb in 2004 drawing of a modern pterosaur by the eyewitness Patty Carson “Gitmo Pterosaur” of southeast Cuba David Mokay, of Opai Village, Umboi Island, tells of his encounter Books Written by Whitcomb Three nonfiction cryptozoology books Whitcomb interviewed for a Canadian television show Southern California sighting investigated The opinions expressed are those of Jonathan David Whitcomb. Media professionals may use these paragraphs in whole or in part for news distribution. Most of these images may also be used by the news media. In addition, Jonathan Whitcomb has been interviewed for radio/podcast by talk-show hosts in Canada and Australia