Two eyewitnesses were shocked, one night last November, by two giant long-tailed creatures that flew over the city of San Diego: apparent “pterodactyls.” This was not the first report that I have received from San Diego, but it’s the first one with repeated two-way communication. The two men saw, near Holy Cross Cemetary but far from extinct, the pterosaurs flying about 90-120 feet high.
“It was about 8 pm. I was at my friend’s house. The sky was super clear. We were standing on the street. I was watching the stars when from the west came this large dark object overhead. As it got closer, we noticed its huge wingspan; each wing was about 10 to 15 ft. It was gliding right above us . . . we had never seen anything like it. Then it suddenly stopped and turned around. . . . Then . . . we saw another one above us. . . . then they both left [towards the] east.”
California is a hot state for reports of apparent living pterosaurs, probably because of the combination of large land area and large human population (potential eyewitnesses), like Texas, where the reports are even more common.
Flying only about 300 feet above the heads of two astonished humans (the couple had been taking a walk in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles County one night in 2009), the creature appeared to have a wingspan of 10-20 feet. Also astonishing was the faint glow . . . [leading one eyewitness] to connect the creature with the ropen of Papua New Guinea.
The general rule points to nocturnal pterosaurs, with daylight sightings being quite likely the exceptions. We might review the two daylight sightings in Georgia a few years ago. The eyewitness saw two apparent pterosaurs flying early in the morning, but after sunrise, the first sighting being very soon after a major storm passed through that part of the United States. It seems likely that the storm had disturbed two nocturnal pterosaurs enough that they made themselves known in daylight, by flying over a highway.