My interpreter Luke Paina and I were there to videotape or photograph a ropen. Discoveringa living pterosaur proved more difficult thanI had hoped, but we discovered a life of hopein the human inhabitants of Umboi Island, afaith in God revealed to them from the Bible.During those two weeks on that remote islandin Papua New Guinea, I saw no pterosaur, butLuke saw the flying light that the natives call“ropen.” For a few seconds, with the villageleader Mark Kau, Luke watched the light as itflew across Mount Bel, well below the summit(in defiance of common meteors that fly muchfurther away and in the sky): the ropen.With several villagers from the Gomlongon-Opia area, Luke and I headed into the bushfor our first excursion: towards Mr. Tolo,near the crater lake Pung. We never made itto the lake where seven island boys had seenthe giant ropen in about 1994. (For details,read the fourth edition of Searching for Ropens and Finding God.)But the second excursion brought us thesuccess of interviewing eyewitnesses ofthe ropen, including eyewitness GideonKoro. He and six other boys had beenterrorized by the huge ropen years earlier.
Gideon Koro had no idea that an America was comingto his village, to interview eyewitnesses of the ropen.
Photo by Whitcomb
Photo by Whitcomb
The children of Opai Village, Umboi Island, were delighted, in 2004, to see their images in the viewfinder of the American’s camcorder: a rare treat.
In the vaste tropical wildernesses of the islands of Papua New Guinea, countless hiding places may be home to countless unclassified flying creatures, even pterosaurs
Lake Pung, Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea, wherethe nocturnal ropen sometimes flies, at least once(around 1994) even in daylight (seen by seven boys)
Photo by Garth Guessman
The ropen of Papua New Guinea may berelated to the “Gitmo Pterosaurs” (Cuba)witnessed by Eskin C. Kuhn in 1971.
Two pterosaurs were seen at Guantanamo Bay
The American cryptozoologist and explorer Paul Nation also searched for the ropen of Umboi Island, Papua NewGuinea, on an earlier expedition (seen here in 2002).
Mark Kau and his two sons (Umboi Island, 2004)
Luke Paina (left) and Jonathan Whitcomb, as theywait for the cargo-passenger ship on the mainland
Native describes the flight of the bioluminescent ropen, howthe large flying creature passed overhead (earlier expedition)