Jupiter, Florida, Sighting

At about 2:30 a.m., in 2002 or 2003, two men were talking outside a house in Jupiter, Florida, when a strange creature flew over their heads and into the backyard. Moments later, another one flew in a different direction. They got a good look at the first apparent pterosaur: “beige brownish color, . . . no feathers, pointed beak . . . long pointed thing protruding from the back of its head.” The wingspan was about four feet. [more details, see pages 24-25 in the book Live Pterosaurs in America]

The time of the sighting answers a question about some of the sightings in Papua New Guinea: Why do native islanders, in at least three areas, report that these (pterosaur-like) creatures fly around at Christmas time? Modern pterosaurs have not been converted to Christianity (although a few cryptozoologists have petitioned modern pterosaurs to preach to those who need to be converted to Christianity). Many natives celebrate Christmas at night, so they are walking about when the ropen (called “kor” in areas of northern Papua New Guinea) is flying around. Most modern long-tailed pterosaurs appear to be nocturnal, for they appear mostly at night.

Read more about the Jupiter, Florida, sighting in the cryptozoology book Live Pterosaurs in America

About Jonathan Whitcomb

I'm a passionate investigator of reports of living pterosaurs throughout the world. I explored part of Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea, in 2004, interviewing many natives who had seen the ropen.
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2 Responses to Jupiter, Florida, Sighting

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  2. “No feathers” is a common part of descriptions in the eyewitness testimonies, and this is sometimes inappropriately dismissed by some critics.

    Not all eyewitnesses are positive about absence of feathers. This, however, strengthens the case that the accounts as a whole are not the result of any combination of hoaxes. Why? The two-to-one ratio of probably-no-feathers to definitely-no-feathers would come from no hoax or hoaxes but it would be natural for honest eyewitnesses of actual pterosaurs, for actual sightings would be under varied conditions, many of which would not allow a clear enough view to make “no feathers” positively obvious.

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