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Eyewitness account, Western Australia “Call me Tom. In the early 1990s I was living in . . .  South Australia. I’m an American, but I had a job there  for a few years. . . . We drove from Perth out to Western  Australia. [We wanted to see the outback] We stopped at  about 6 PM, ate, set up the tent . . . I was up still and  wanted to see the sun go down . . . [something] looked  like an airplane, far away. . . . maybe a couple hundred  feet [high]. . . .   “[As] it got nearer to me, I noticed that the wings were  actually flapping gently. . . . color was a dark tan. . . . no  sound. It was getting closer . . . [I thought] maybe this is  some kind of weird outback bird . . . had a wingspan [of  about] 15 or 20 feet. It got close . . . leathery . . . no  feathers at all."  Read the whole sighting report.   Perth pterosaur sighting of 1997   "In the distance I perceived an object in the sky. . . . [it  was] rather indistinct . . . [I wondered] what it might be . .  . as it approached. Soon I was able to determine that it  was some sort of flying creature, and my first thought was  that it must be some very large bird . . . I saw that it  seemed to be a light reddish-tan color. It [was not]  covered with feathers but had a leathery texture.   “Soon after it passed us it flew over a more brightly lit  sports area which highlighted . . . the leathery appearance.  . . . The wings were . . . leathery . . . shaped in a triangular  arch, similar to a very elongated shark fin . . . the body  was a streamlined torpedo shape, slightly broadest at the  chest and tapering slightly back to the hip, then tapering  more quickly after the hips to a moderately thin tail which  was slightly longer than the body. . . .”  
Featherless flying creatures in the Southwest Pacific
Flying Fox of the Southwest Pacific
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The ropen of Papua New Guinea is not restricted to that island nation, not at all.  It is also sometimes observed in Australia and in New Zealand and in many other parts of the world. The above sketch was drawn by an eyewitness who saw two of them flying together in daylight, in 1971, in Cuba.
Don't confuse fruit bat and ropen     Flying fox fruit bats normally sleep upside down, hanging  from tree branches during the day. Some branches can  become over-crowded with a tree full of chattering bats.   On the other hand, the ropen (apparently a long-tailed  pterosaur) eats fish or clams from reefs in the southwest  Pacific. It has been seen near Umboi Island to fly down to  a reef and behave as if catching fish. This nocturnal  cryptid has also been observed to glow with what must be  an intrinsic bioluminescence, as it flies around at night.   In addition, the ropen has a very long tail. According to  the eyewitness Duane Hodgkinson, the “pterodactyl” he  and his army buddy saw, west of Finschhafen, New  Guinea, in 1944, had a tail that he estimated was at least  “ten or fifteen feet” long.   The Australian eyewitness Brian Hennessy also described  a long tail on the “primitive” flying creature he observed  in 1971 on Bougainville Island, New Guinea.   Are all pterosaurs really extinct? NO!   Pick up a biology text book. Notice that any mention of  dinosaurs and pterosaurs is connected with a word like  “extinction.” Constantly these wonderful creatures are  said to have all died out millions of years ago. But talk to  an eyewitness of a living pterosaur and notice the great  difference: Human experience proves not all of the flying  creatures labeled “primitive” are extinct.  The universal extinction of all species of pterosaurs—that  is a dogmatic assumption, unworthy of the label often  connected with it: “science.” 
Australian Pterosaur Sightings
Whether you call it gigantic bird or ropen or dinosaur bird or pterodactyl, this flying creature in Australia is shocking
NO FEATHERS on these huge flying things in Australia—that’s what the eyewitnesses tell us
Live Pterosaurs in America - third edition
Sighting by the Australian Brian Hennessy
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