Mini-Documentary on the Sighting by Patty Carson

By the investigative journalist Jonathan Whitcomb

Patty Carson, I am sad to announce, passed away early in 2019. Her contributions to living-pterosaur investigations have been great, for she has spoken freely about many details that she observed in the flying creature she encountered in Cuba in about the year 1965, when she was a little girl. She also gave us a remarkable sketch, drawn from her memory of that ropen.

Almost immediately after hearing about he passing, I began creating a Youtube video on her sighting at Guantanamo Bay. It took more than two weeks of work to complete “The Girl who saw a Flying Dinosaur.”

More like what the little girl saw in Cuba in 1965

Video about the little girl who saw a pterodactyl

After an introduction to Patty’s sighting of the ropen, the mood changes as the U.S. Marine Eskin Kuhn is shown to be a second eyewitness at Guantanamo Bay. He saw two “pterodactyls,” also in clear daylight, but he drew his sketch within minutes of his encounter with those flying creatures; Patty drew her sketch decades later, in 2011.

The two sketches are then compared, in particular with a difference in the depiction of the head crest. The mini-documentary then points out that two legitimate sketches of a real animal would not be expected to be nearly identical anyway, and the actual difference is shown to be minor.

thumbnail for video "The Girl who saw a Flying Dinosaur"

Youtube thumbnail for “The Girl who saw a Flying Dinosaur”

The scene soon changes to Australia, where a couple in Perth saw a gigantic flying creature in December of 1997, between the neighborhoods of Heathridge and Ocean Reef. The words of the lady and her scientist-husband are then presented.

Duane Hodgkinson’s sighting in 1944 is then briefly explained (Finschhafen, New Guinea), and the scene changes to the two ropen expeditions on Umboi Island in 2004, although that is also only briefly mentioned.

Approaching the end of this 16-minute mini-documentary, sightings of apparent pterosaurs in the United States are display but without any details about those encounters. The names of the American states are displayed over a map of the country (map of the 48 Contiguous states).

large words "North Carolina" on top of map of the USA

One of many states in the USA (reported sightings)

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Books on living pterosaurs

This refers to many books, each of which has at least a little information about modern pterosaurs, and some of these  are entirely about those flying creatures.

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Flying dinosaurs in the United States

Live pterosaurs in America and in Cuba

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Modern Pterosaurs in England – Youtube video

Especially about “pterodactyl” sightings in Shropshire

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Pterosaur in North Carolina

Look not to a biology professor at a university, if you should be one of the lucky ones who has seen an apparent living pterosaur in states like South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, or North Carolina (or any other state or country). Contact me to report the flying creature you encountered.

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Dinosaur bird in the United States

One of the first detailed pterosaur sighting reports that I received from a state of the USA was the encounter by Susan Wooten in South Carolina. It seems to have been a large ropen. The following is from the first chapter of the third edition of my nonfiction book Live Pterosaurs in America . . .

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New Book for Children

By the investigative journalist Jonathan Whitcomb

[Updated Nov 14 & 21, 2018; the book was published on Nov 8th]

To the potential giver of a gift for a young reader (birthday, Christmas, etc):

I wrote the nonfiction book The Girl who saw a Flying Dinosaur for several purposes. As a gift giver for a child or teenager, you need to know what benefits it can give to the young reader. I recommend it for readers between about the ages of eight and fourteen; for some ten-year-olds (and eleven and twelve) it will be exceptionally delightful: easy to understand yet stimulating.

The Girl who saw a Flying Dinosaur can help a young developing mind to think critically and objectively, which can help to prepare that young person for a possible future as a great scientist. This book is not, however, for a reader who simply wants to sit inside the same box forever, never to become an important leader in science. It’s not a book that indoctrinates the reader, telling her or him what to think. The Girl who saw a Flying Dinosaur helps the young person to examine what people actually experience in the real world and what it might mean, in spite of the potential shocking consequences.

In other words, if you the gift-giver and the young reader want only to be told the same old tale about universal extinctions of all dinosaurs and pterosaurs, then this book is not for you. The Girl who saw a Flying Dinosaur does not indoctrinate with ideas from the late 1700’s and the 1800’s, like so many nonfiction science books do. It explains why scientists from old times could have been mistaken about universal pterosaur extinction. What a treasure this short book can be!

This is not about dinosaurs in the usual sense but about pterosaurs, commonly called by many English-speaking Westerners “pterodactyls” or “dinosaur birds” or “flying dinosaurs.” Some people, in the past and in the present, have called them “dragons.”

It’s not about how they all died many millions of years ago or about why they all died. It’s more like a true-life adventure, getting into eyewitness testimonies from men, women, teenagers, and children, common people from two continents. This book explores what they actually saw, or at least what they tell us that they saw, and why we can learn from the many similarities in the reports: what the animals look like, or at least what they’re reported to look like.

This book explores why people did not believe eyewitnesses at first and why people are beginning to believe them in recent years. Indeed, some cryptozoologists are completely convinced that many eyewitnesses have given us reports that deserve serious scientific investigation. I am one of those cryptozoologists: I believe what many eyewitnesses have told me. Again, the reader can decide what to think.

new paperback book "The Girl who saw a Flying Dinosaur"

The nonfiction book that can open minds to new possibilities

Critical Thinking

Unlike almost all nonfiction books on dinosaurs and pterosaurs, this one does not indoctrinate readers into what to think. It reports what three eyewitnesses said about  flying creatures in Cuba (1965 and 1971) and compares those accounts with others: four eyewitness accounts from Los Angeles County in the 21st century and seven eyewitness accounts from Papua New Guinea.

The book explains, in simple English, the three most important points about what a person tells us and then explains the credibility of the reports mentioned:

  1. The person is telling the truth and is not mistaken
  2. The person is telling the truth but is mistaken
  3. The person is telling a lie

The Girl who saw a Flying Dinosaur reports human experiences. It allows the reader to decide what to believe: The final statement on the title page says, “You, the reader, decide what you want to believe.”

Please do not misunderstand what this book suggests. From the many species of pterosaurs that are now known to many scientists through fossils, it is obvious that countless species of this flying creatures have lived in the past. The Girl who saw a Flying Dinosaur suggests that one long-tailed species has survived and that this uncommon nocturnal animal has avoided official scientific discovery partly because it rarely appears in daylight. Unfortunately for eyewitnesses, when such an animal is reported and described, almost nobody believes it . . . until recently.

Here are brief quotations from this book for kids and teens:

From first chapter

. . . One day in 1965, a few children were walking near some tall grass in eastern Cuba. Patty was about six years old and was with her little brother. Suddenly an animal stuck its head up above the grass, about thirty feet away from Patty.

As the children looked at the animal, nobody moved. Not just the head but the upper part of the wings were showing. It looked confused, like it had just woken up and was looking around to see what was happening.

After about five seconds, the creature jumped up and flew away. It had a leathery brown coloring, with no sign of any feathers. The end of its long tail was diamond shaped.

From second chapter

Six years after Patty saw the flying “dinosaur,” a United States Marine saw two “pterodactyls” at Guantanamo Bay. Most people did not believe him. It’s not just children that have that problem, for many people believe that all of those flying creatures became extinct many millions of years ago.

. . . The two pterosaurs flew together, slowly flapping their wings. They were not far from Eskin and maybe 100 feet high. He described their wing flapping: “graceful.” He had a clear view, as they flew from the sea, going inland.

Wingspan is the distance from one wingtip to the other. Eskin thought the two pterosaurs each had a wingspan of about ten feet, but he said that it could have been as small as eight feet or as large as twelve feet. It’s hard to tell how big something is if it’s up in the air and you have never seen anything like that before.

sketch by Patty Carson: long-tailed featherless flying creature

This sketch was drawn by the eyewitness Patty Carson

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Two pterosaur sightings in Cuba

I would here be writing mostly about those interviews in 2004, except that I’ve just started a new nonfiction cryptozoology book for children: The Girl who saw a Flying Dinosaur. That’s why I need to concentrate on two pterosaur sightings in Cuba . . .

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People who see “flying dinosaurs” (pterosaurs)

The “flying dinosaur” of Papua New Guinea is often called ‘ropen.’ It seems to be a large Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur, far larger than any of the fossils of those long-tailed Rhamphorhynchoids known, at least into the beginning of the twenty-first century.

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Missing children and living pterosaurs

I don’t accuse all ropens for all the disappearances of children who go missing in North America. But the reported sizes of some of these flying creatures makes it possible for a small number of them to go bad in the worst way, like a few mountain lions and a few bears that we have heard of over the decades.

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Cryptozoology book on pterosaurs

Since the time of Darwin, many scientists have assumed that some general types of animals became extinct long ago. One of the assumptions is that all species of dinosaurs and pterosaurs died off before any humans existed.

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Children who saw a modern pterosaur

Wesley Koro, Gideon’s brother, was one of seven boys who saw the ropen fly over a crater lake on Umboi Island (about 1994).

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Pterosaur books

. . . some of the nonfiction books are entirely about these featherless flying creatures and others include cryptids of other types or even are mostly about paranormal events in general . . .

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Kids see a pterosaur in England

. . . last weekend two of my children were playing in the garden . . . around 10 a.m. [and] my son of 13 years came running in to me saying he saw a giant big brown bird with giant wings. . . .

 

Live Pterosaurs in America – Third Edition

cryptozoology book about reports of living pterosaurs in the United States

The expanded third edition of Live Pterosaurs in America is now available on Amazon. Most of the expansion has been the addition of a critical sighting by Patty Carson, a report that supports Eskin Kuhn’s account of a long-tailed pterosaur at Guantanamo Bay in the mid-twentieth century. Here is an excerpt of this eyewitness report (from the appendix of the book):

“I was only a child when I saw it . . . around six years old. . . . We were walking from the boat yards toward home . . . There were some stagnant pools here and there, a few inches deep, in the area. . . . Suddenly it sat up, as if it had been eating something or resting. The head and upper part of its body, about a third of the wings at the joint (tips still held down) showed.

” . . . in front of us about thirty feet away. All of us froze for about five seconds, then it leaned to its left and took off with a fwap fwap fwap sound, in a big hurry, more of a scramble, and flew to its left and disappeared behind trees and terrain . . . The skin was a leathery, brownish reddish color. It had little [small] teeth, a LOT of them. The eye was smallish and dark . . .

“We went home and I was ALL excited to tell my family I had seen a dinosaur, but they all poo poo’d me and started to tell me it was a pelican or frigate bird. NO WAY! It was as tall as a man when it stood up on its haunches. It was close. It froze for a few seconds so I got a good look. . . .”

From the blog Modern Pterosaurs: (from the title page of the book)

How are sightings in the United States related to those in the southwest Pacific? How do some apparent nocturnal pterosaurs pertain to bats, and how are bats irrelevant? How could modern living pterosaurs have escaped scientific notice? These mysteries have slept in the dark, beyond the knowledge of almost all Americans, even beyond our wildest dreams (although the reality of some pterosaurs is a living nightmare to some bats). These mysteries have slept . . . until now.

Live Pterosaurs in America and Standard-Model Paleontology

This book was not intended to tear down generations of work in paleontology nor to ridicule the intelligence of paleontologists. It give more of a hint of axiomatic conflict, generations of conflict between standard models in Western society (namely Neo-Darwism and strict naturalism), but little is said about it outside the appendix, the conflict between “creationism and Dawinism.”

Cryptozoology Books

By nonfiction author Jonathan Whitcomb

Note: See the revision at the bottom of this post (“Update”)

The most recent cryptozoology book on living pterosaurs, I believe, is my second edition [now in third edition] of Live Pterosaurs in America, published November 20, 2010 [third ed. publ. Nov 2, 2011]. As far as I know, it is the only nonfiction book devoted to eyewitness reports of these creatures flying in many areas of the United States.

Title Page of LPA-2:

Reports of huge flying “pterodactyls” in American skies have floated around the internet for years; but before about 2005, details were scarce. When an eyewitness was named, the interviewer was often anonymous; even when an eyewitness was credible, and the account published in a newspaper, the story was ridiculed, discouraging others who had also seen strange flying creatures. Where could eyewitnesses go? What a predicament for them! Who would believe their reports?

Page 31 of LPA-2, Sighting in Wisconsin:

. . . a sighting I had back in the late 1970’s or early 1980’s. I grew up on a farm and picked cucumbers to make money as a kid. . . . one late afternoon, I had just brought out the tractor to pick up the bags of cucumbers when I noticed a strange looking bird in the sky. . . . The thing that caught my eye was that it looked like something straight out of the dinosaurs era. It scared the . . . out of me right away. I knew it was not a sand hill crane, which we have a few hundred migrating thru. What stood out was the long pointed head and the fact that there was a very long tail between the legs and with a ball shaped on the end of it.

Big Bird

Ken Gerhard is an accomplished cryptozoologist and field researcher for The Centre for Fortean Zoology and The Gulf Coast Bigfoot Research Organization , as well as a fellow of the Pangea Institute.

Amazon.com Book Description of Big Bird

A LEGEND ON LEATHER WINGS! The Indians called it the Thunderbird, a winged monster so vast that the beating of its mighty pinions sounded like thunder. But this ancient beast is not to be held in the cage of mythology. Today, from all over the dusty U.S. / Mexican border come hair-raising stories of modern day encounters with winged monsters of immense size and terrifying appearance.

Searching for Ropens (Second Edition, by Jonathan Whitcomb)

Amazon.com Book Description of Searching for Ropens

Expanded second edition: An American flight instructor, an Australian psychologist, many natives on tropical islands, an Australian couple, a Baptist minister, a teenaged farm-boy–each saw a giant living pterosaur. Each was amazed, or terrified, or shocked by a brown or dark-colored featherless creature: long-tailed and with a wingspan as great as fifty feet. Why have many Western scientists been wrong about universal extinctions? Read how standard models of macro-evolution have actually caused the problem, indoctrinating millions into believing that pterosaurs are extinct and ancient. They live now.

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 Update

 Live Pterosaurs in America is in its third edition, and Searching for Ropens and Finding God is in its fourth. To learn about those two nonfiction books and two others about modern living pterosaurs, see the post about four cryptozoology books.

 

 


Live Pterosaurs in America - third edition - by Jonathan WhitcombFrom the back cover of Live Pterosaurs in America (third edition):

Scott Norman did not believe he would see a living pterosaur, as he sat alone, taking his turn watching the night sky. A bird is what his friends had probably seen. But at 2:00 a.m., less than forty feet away, what flew over the shed was no bird. The head alone was about four feet long; the head crest, two feet long, like that of a Pteranodon.

Discover for yourself these amazing yet true stories and why they are usually absent from news headlines. Learn of the searches and research done by a few American cryptozoologists who stand up to ridicule and proclaim the truth. Why delay? Each account was scrutinized before inclusion in this nonfiction book. Each person who reads it receives something that can make life more meaningful or at least more exciting. See for yourself.

Third edition published November 2, 2011

SRP: $13.65

Written by Jonathan David Whitcomb

Flying Dinosaur Still Flies in Cuba

Gitmo Pterosaur (“Gitmo” refers to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base)

I have recently learned that Eskin Kuhn is not the only eyewitness of a large long-tailed pterosaur (Rhamphorhynchoid) at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. On May 4, 2011, I interviewed, by phone, Patty Carson, who now lives in Southern California but who witnessed a “flying dinosaur” at Guantanamo Bay, in 1965. Although she was only a child at the time, she immediately told her family about the frightening encounter, and although her family disbelieved her at the time, her testimony of the appearance of that flying creature now verifies the plausibility of Kuhn’s 1971 sighting. Patty verified that the sketch drawn by Kuhn is very similar to what she had seen in 1965.

Confirmed: Modern Pterosaurs in Cuba

The wings connect with the legs in a strange way, perhaps not exactly orthodox according to what would be proper for a fossil of a pterosaur, but the detailed sketch by the U.S. Marine Eskin Kuhn has recently be validated by another eyewitness of a modern pterosaur: a registered nurse in California, who had seen the same type of flying creature in Cuba, a few years before Kuhn’s sighting. Both encounters were in daylight, at a close distance, and at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba.

Rhamphorhynchoid Pterosaur

After eliminating any reasonable possibilities of hoax or misidentification, the obvious explanation for these two sightings is that a large modern Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur (long-tailed “flying dinosaur”) lives in the Caribbean, or at least did live in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Misidentification of a known bird, for either the 1965 or 1971 sighting, is eliminated by the many teeth observed in 1965 and the sketch drawn by Kuhn in 1971 (in addition to the noted abscence of feathers in both sightings). Misidentification of a known bat, for either 1965 or 1971, is eliminated by the huge size and long tail in both sightings.

What about one or two hoaxes? That explanation also fails upon detailed examination of the reports. Eskin Kuhn has maintained the truthfulness of his sighting for decades, even enduring ridicule from some thoughtless critics; he is not a hoaxer. Patty Carson has only recently revealed her own sighting (she has only recenly learned about Kuhn’s sighting, so she is not alone), but has told us that she was only about six years old at the time: a very unlikely detail for a hoaxer to invent.

Some critic might try to dismiss her sighting because of her young age, and the many intervening years, but she told her father (the commander at Guantanamo at the time) about the huge flying creature just minutes after the encounter, and Daddy dismissed the account immediately; if such a creature existed, an adult would have seen it (six years later an adult saw the “pterodactyl”). Youthfulness cannot be used to dismiss an experience that is shared by someone who is not so youthful.

There are now a number of online sources for more about this 1965 “flying dinosaur” sighting by Carson.

Corroboration for Kuhn Pterosaur in Cuba

I was around six years old. . . . We were walking down near the boat yards, headed home. . . . where it was sandy underfoot, sparse scrub vegetation around four feet tall . . . suddenly it sat up, as if it had been eating something or resting. . . . right in front of us about thirty feet away. All of us froze for about five seconds, then it leaned to its left and took off with a fwap fwap fwap sound . . .  and flew to its left and disappeared behind trees and terrain.

It did have a tail and it had a diamond shaped tip . . . The skin was a leathery, brownish reddish color. It had little teeth, a LOT of them . . . It was as tall as a man when it stood up on it haunches.

Pterodactyl — Extinct or Alive?

“Pterosaur” is the correct name for what is called “pterodactyl,” but we will here use the common, albeit inaccurate, word. The controversay of recent years involves assumptions about extinctions (yes, the plural of “extinction,” for these magnificent feather-less flying creatures are of many species, not one). This extinction assumption itself deserves thoughtful scrutiny.

Extinction of all pterodactyls has been assumed for generations, at least in Western societies, so why doubt that these flying creatures are all extinct? Look at the history of fossil discoveries and find the answer: Early searchers and researchers assumed that the strange fossils were of animals that no longer live. Why? Those particular discoverers (few they were in numbers) had no knowledge of living creatures that were like those pterodactyl fossils.

But why believe that pterodactyls still live? It is the eyewitnesses, common persons from many countries and many cultures. Those eyewitnesses have reported large flying creatures, featherless but different from bats. Most reports are of long-tailed creatures, obviously not bats.

Let’s look at one of those eyewitnesses, Eskin Kuhn, who was a United States Marine in 1971, when he was stationed at the Guantanamo military base in Cuba. Let’s consider some of his own words.

 I was looking in the direction of the ocean when I saw an incredible sight . . .  I saw 2 Pterosaurs (or Pterodactyls…what’s in a name?) flying together at low altitude, perhaps 100 feet, very close in range . . . I had a perfectly clear view of them.

Pterodactyls have been reported alive for many generations, although they used to be called “flying dragons.” Trusting human experience more than human imagination, we must admit the possibility that at least one or two species of pterodactyls may still be living.

Kuhn’s ropen sighting in Cuba

I interviewed Eskin Kuhn by telephone early in 2010. He had no warning I would call, which helped me to judge his credibility by asking him questions on the spot. He proved himself perfectly, giving no hint of any possibility of any hoax. So what did he experience that would cause anybody to doubt him? In 1971, at the Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba, this U.S. Marine, in clear daylight and in close range, he saw two large long-tailed pterosaurs, each with a large head-crest. Consider his own words:

It was a beautiful, clear Summer day, hot ( but we were pretty well acclimated to that), still; most of the platoon was in the new barracks “hanging out”. I was looking in the direction of the ocean when I saw an incredible sight. It mesmerized me!

 I saw 2 Pterosaurs (or Pterodactyls…what’s in a name?) flying together at low altitude, perhaps 100 feet, very close in range from where I was standing, so that I had a perfectly clear view of them.

The rythym of their large wings was very graceful, slow ; and yet they were flying and not merely gliding, like turkey vultures do here in Ohio.

How fortunate that Eskin was a talented artist, for soon after his sighting he sketched what he had seen: