Pterosaur Sightings in the
United States of America
Pub: Oct 31, 2014
Religion / Religion
From the nonfiction book Searching for Ropens and Finding God
On a pleasant day in June of 2012, I walked into the Sheriff station in Lakewood, California,
two miles northeast of my home in Long Beach. I knew better than to tell a police officer of my
concerns about the safety of family pets now that pterodactyls had invaded the community.
Nobody knows better than I: Avoid that word and avoid uttering the unforgivable word
“dragon.” Yet there I was, holding onto the numbered tag as I waited for my turn, the moment
when I would walk up to the window and tell the police officer . . . well, tell him something.
“Hi, I have seen a pteradactyl in my backyard. It was the second week of October , and I
was having a cigarette on the back deck of my house. It was a cold night, and I heard a loud
whooshing noise moving in the air to my right. I saw a huge pteradactyl. It circled my house
six times and once it turned its head and looked at me. . . .” [wingspan est: ~15 feet]
“In the summer of 2009 I saw something that I didn’t quite understand, in the pinelands of New
Jersey. I thought about it, but thought I was seeing things. The following year, on the same
stretch of highway, I definitely saw something clearly and without doubt. Since then until now,
when I read your article, I thought I was crazy. [I think the crazy feeling was before he read
“I saw a giant batlike bird, dark brown, without feathers, something prehistoric with a long
thin head, a long tail, kind of leathery dark brown skin. The body seemed to be the size of a good
sized man. The wing span, maybe 12-15 feet across. . . . “
In July of 2012, I received an email from a man who had two recent sightings in central Virginia.
“. . . a couple of weeks ago, by myself I saw two flying. Then this Sunday in about the same place,
my daughter and I saw one fairly close up, flying in the opposite direction. These were all seen
while [I was] traveling on a highway.
“The most obvious feature was the diamond or spade tipped tail, I have not found any creature
that compares . . .”
A few years after my expedition in Papua New Guinea, after American eyewitnesses had been
reporting to me their encounters in our own country, I wondered why I had no news from North
Carolina; I had published details about sightings in Virginia and in South Carolina. I had little
time to wonder.
In October of 2010, I received an email from a lady who had read my blog post about a sighting
in St. Louis. She was driving, five days earlier, in Jacksonville, North Carolina, when she saw
something huge flying overhead: “pale greenish white and smooth-skinned.” It appeared feather-
less and had a “tail with the diamond shape on the end . . .”
Sometimes my interviewing abilities are unimpressive. Most of my email communications with
this eyewitness [Susan Wooten: sighting in a remote areas of South Carolina] were in the fall of
2007 and in February of 2008. She did participate in radio and podcast talk shows with me in
2013, and in one of them I learned that she had seen something like claws in the middle of the
wings. I had failed to catch that in the earlier interviews.
Early in 2011, I received a second-hand report about a lady who encountered a “mutant
pterodactyl” that flew at high speed alongside her car one night near Atlanta. Its body was said
to be “at least five feet long, and it made a sound like “loud high-pitched squealing.” I took note
that it was said to have “a long curved beak.”
I have also received reports from courageous eyewitnesses in Florida. In May of 2010, a lady
reported a sighting on the Live Pterodactyl blog, a 1995 encounter in Pensacola:
“. . . at 5 a.m. I saw this huge bird with bat wings, at least a 20 ft wing span, flying towards me.
I just turned and ran screaming into the house. The shadow it threw covered the driveway. Of
course my husband didn’t believe me. He said it must have been a huge vulture. . . .”
The moon illuminated the trees by a house in Alabama one night, in October of 2009, when two
men on the porch were shocked by what flew 75 feet overhead, yet it was the flood light that lit
up the belly of the creature.
The man reporting the sighting was sure it was no hawk, no eagle, no vulture. The wingspan
appeared to be at least three feet, similar to the size of many birds, but this thing had a shape
like a bat “with the break in the wings like bats have.” The men were familiar with common
birds; this was different. . . .
[The above quotations are from the third edition; the fourth edition might vary slightly from
the wording in the above quotations, but it is expanded in scope, especially in the appendix.]
Many other sighting reports are covered in the book, including sightings in Arkansas, Texas,
Mississippi, Louisiana, Missouri, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Kansas, California, and many other
states of the United States of America.
Copyright 2014-2016 Jonathan David Whitcomb
Two eyewitnesses of
a large flying creature
seen over Grantsville,
Utah - Youtube video
World War II veteran
interviewed - in 1944,
he and his army buddy
witnessed one huge
“pterodactyl” flying up
from a jungle clearing
west of Finschhafen,
New Guinea - Video
on Youtube includes
part of his testimony
Pterosaur sighting in
California in 2012 -
that the lady had seen
a ropen in Lakewood