Mysterious Marfa Lights According to Jonathan Whitcomb, a cryptozoology  author in Long Beach, California, when one of the  bioluminescent predators has been glowing for  awhile, usually at low altitude, it will be joined by  another of its kind, which will then turn on its own  glow. After insects have been attracted to that area,  the two creatures will separate, which appears to  distant human observers to be one light splitting  into two. The predators will fly away from each  other for some distance, then turn back and fly  together. During the separation, bats may begin  feeding on the concentration of insects before being  caught from two sides by the larger predators.   Sometimes the lights will fly in different ways, but  that may be from using a different technique to  hunt a different prey, or to hunt those same bats  during bat-hibernation.   Whitcomb was a forensic videographer, in 2004,  when he explored a remote tropical island in Papua  New Guinea, hoping to videotape the glowing  nocturnal "ropen," said to be a large flying predator  and scavenger. Although he failed to see the  creature, he interviewed many natives, who  impressed him with their credibility and amazed him  with their accounts of what they had seen.  Whitcomb became convinced that the ropen is a  pterosaur, commonly called by Americans  "pterodactyl" or even "flying dinosaur."   Copyright 2011, 2012, 2013 Jonathan David Whitcomb Unmasking a Flying Predator in Texas This revised version of the late-2010 press release includes updated contact information and newer ideas about a strange old phenomenon in SW Texas. For untold generations, the mystery lights of Marfa,  Texas, have entertained many residents with their  strange dancing. They now entertain visitors at the  Marfa Lights Viewing Park, east of town.   On some warmer nights, a ball of light seems to  split into two, which will separate and fly away from  each other before turning around and flying back  together. They have recently been linked to flying  lights in the southwest Pacific, north of Australia,  lights that natives of Papua New Guinea testify are  made by large flying creatures. Local names for  those creatures include “ropen,” “seklo-bali,”  “duwas,” “kor,” “wawanar,” and “indava.” In southwest Texas, local residents have speculated  about dancing devils or ghosts. Scientists have  preferred something along the lines of ball lightning  or earthlights, nevertheless all apparently scientific  explanations have tripped over the resemblances to  line dancing. If atmospheric energies or tectonic  stresses cause the displays, why do two lights  horizontally separate for a long distance before  turning around and flying back together?   Now a cryptozoologist from California has explained  the dancing lights of Marfa. Tales of spooks may  hold a spark of truth, for recent research implies  intelligence directs the lights: Bioluminescent flying  predators may be hunting at night, sometimes  catching unlucky Big Brown Bats: Eptesicus fuscus.  After returning to the United States, he wrote many  web pages about the concept of modern living  pterosaurs in the southwest Pacific. How he was  surprised at the response! Many emails and phone  calls began coming in from many eyewitnesses of  apparent pterosaurs in the United States.   He analyzed the eyewitness accounts of those flying  creatures and wrote a nonfiction book: "Live  Pterosaurs in America." The second edition of that  cryptozoology book has just been published (ISBN  13 as follows: 9781456341350).   Although Whitcomb admits that Marfa Lights may  come from an unknown bioluminescent bird or bat,  he says, "It is more likely than not from a creature  similar to the ropen of Papua New Guinea, and my  associates and I are sure about the ropen: It is a  pterosaur." Analysis, by a missile defense physicist, of the two lights videotaped in Papua New Guinea by Paul Nation in 2006 Why Fight Light?