Jonathan David Whitcomb, an L.D.S. scientist in Utah, investigates reports of living pterosaurs, worldwide
Four Key Sightings
In the southwest Pacific, four sightings are a key to the credibility of the concept of a species of large long-tailed pterosaur living in that part of the world. The Hodgkinson and Hennessy sightings are two of those four, a good place to begin. Both of these eyewitnesses have given their real names to the public. Both have high honesty-credibility regarding their professions, with no obvious reason for either of them to maintain a lie for many years. Both saw a large long-tailed flying creature, with no apparent probability of any misidentification of any bird or bat. Neither eyewitness seems to have taken an extreme position insisting on a featherless condition of the creatures, but they have maintained that there were no feathers apparent.
Photo by Kevin Eddy
Pterosaur Sighting by aPsychologist: Hennessy
Let’s begin with a brief quotation from a press release about an Australian psychologist, Mr. Brian Hennessy, who gave his eyewitness report of a 1971 sighting he had on Bougainville Island, New Guinea: One morning on Bougainville Island, (now part of the nation of Papua New Guinea), on a dirt road leading down to the coast, Hennessy heard a slow “flapping” and looked up to see a “very big” creature with a “horn” at the back of its head. It had a “longish narrow tail,” and there was “not a feather in sight.” [1971 sighting] . . . Whitcomb was fascinated by similarities between Hennessy’s description of a “prehistoric looking” creature and a World War II veteran’s description of a “pterodactyl” reported 500 miles to the west, near Finschhafen, Papua New Guinea, decades before. In 1944, Duane Hodgkinson, now a flight instructor in Montana, saw a giant “prehistoric” creature flying over a jungle clearing where he and his army buddy were about to walk across.
Jonathan Whitcomb on Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea, (2004 expedition)
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Brian Hennessy of Australia
Duane Hodgkinson, plane pilot and flight instructor
The following text excerpts are taken from “Reports of Living Pterosaurs in the Southwest Pacific” (Creation Research Society Quarterly, Volume 45, Winter of 2009, by Jonathan David Whitcomb). Brian Hennessy’s sighting in New Guinea:.. . On Bougainville Island, PNG, in 1971, he saw what he described as a “prehistoric” creature flying possibly about “50 m” (164 ft) above him. It was black or dark brown . . . Its wingspan was “at least 2 m [6.6 ft], probably more . . . possibly much much more. . . . There was a clear line running from the ‘beak’ to the back of the head where the ‘line’ continued to protrude.”When asked if there “was anything coming out the back of the head—whether classified as a crest, appendage, horn, or comb,” he replied, “It was like a horn.” When asked about the tail, he answered, “As far as I can recall, straight.”I gave Hennessy a set of sketches, and his choices were remarkably similar to the results of my survey examination of Duane Hodgkinson. Duane Hodgkinson’s sighting in 1944 (in clear daylight): He and an army friend were in a jungle clearing west of Finschhafen (then New Guinea) in 1944 . . . when something “huge” took off into the air from the far side of the clearing. The creature ran to their left, taking six to ten steps to get airborne . . .It then disappeared over the dense brush but soon returned and flew over the clearing, presenting a “perfect side view” of its features before again flying out of view.He estimated the legs to be 3–4 ft (1–1.2 m) long. The top of the back was 5–6 ft (1.5–1.8 m) above the ground just before takeoff.Although he did not notice details of the tail, he estimated it was “at least” 10–15 ft (3–4.6 m) long.He compared the wingspan to a Piper Tri-Pacer airplane . . .The length of the head, not counting the appendage, was about 3–4 ft (1–1.2 m), similar to the length of the neck. An appendage protruding from the head, above the neck, was about half that length . . .
The American cryptozoologist Jonathan David Whitcomb of the Murray North (Utah) stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Whitcomb Interviews Duane Hodgkinson & Brian Hennessy
“I questioned Brian Hennessy by email, in 2006, and eventually became convinced that he had witnessed, in 1971, the same kind of flying creature seen by Duane Hodgkinson in 1944. My interviews with the World War II veteran were more substantial, for they began in 2004 and continued in 2005 and in 2006. Most of our many communications were by emails and telephone. “I gave both of them survey images including a set for estimating the sizes and the positions and shapes for aspects of the head. The head-sketch survey form that I give to Hodgkinson was not identical to the one given to Hennessy but it was similar, and the result is noteworthy: a clear similarity in the head of the flying creatures, according to the memories of the two eyewitnesses.”
Top image chosen by Brian Hennessy; bottom image chosen by Duane Hodgkinson “My associate Garth Guessman interviewed Mr. Hodgkinson in person, in 2005, and the session was videotaped and published on Youtube: “Ropen-Pterodactyl American Eyewitness.” As of late 2012, it has been viewed over 300,000 times, far more popular than the average video on Youtube. “My associates and I believe that the flying creatures seen by these two eyewitnesses are related to (and possibly the same species as) the nocturnal creature called “ropen” on Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea. We believe that it is a Rhamphorhynchoidpterosaur, notwithstanding years of extinction indoctrination, and notwithstanding smaller sizes of fossils of those long-tailed pterosaurs, and notwithstanding few of the Rhamphorhynchoidfossils show a head crest.”
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Patty Carson, now living in California witnessed one of the flying creatures that are now called “Gitmo Pterosaurs.”
Sketch drawn by the eyewitness Patty Carson
Native eyewitness Gideon Koro describes to Whitcomb the big ropen that flew down to a lake on Umboi Island in daylight