What is the Ropen of Umboi Island?
Leonard of Opai Village, Umboi Island, told two America
cryptozoologists, in 2004, that the ropen flies over Opai
about once a month, lighting up the village with its light.
Flying Creature of the Night
Ahool of Indonesia
Photo by Whitcomb
Photo by Whitcomb
American cryptozoology author Jonathan
Whitcomb believes the ropen of Umboi is
related to the “Gitmo Pterosaur” of Cuba.
A Giant Bioluminescent Flying Creature?
On Umboi Island, Mount Barik is one of the
mountains where the ropen may sleep in the
day, for this flying cryptid is nocturnal.
Gideon Koro, of Umboi Island, was one of seven boys
who encountered the huge ropen one day as it flew
over a crater lake: a terrifiying ordeal for Gideon.
(Image from his first videotaped interview ~1994)
Sketch by eyewitness
Eskin C. Kuhn
James Blume, a missionary in Papua New
Guinea, has interviewed dozens of natives
regarding the giant pterosaur-like animals.
A lady describes how the glowing ropen flew over
Lab Lab Village (Umboi Island, PNG), one night.
(Interview by Carl Baugh, about 1994)
The cryptozoologist explorer Paul Nation, on
his 2002 expedition on Umboi Island, PNG
Image courtesy of Nathanael Nation
Image courtesy of Jonathan Whitcomb
From the cryptozoology book Live Pterosaurs in America
(Acknowledgements section) Whitcomb says:
To the eyewitnesses who’ve bravely come forward, telling
us of apparent living pterosaurs, I dedicate this book. They
deserve to be heard.
Several Americans have investigated reports of what natives
of Umboi Island call “ropen,” including three pioneers. Jim
Blume, a missionary in Papua New Guinea for decades,
interviewed dozens of native eyewitnesses of pterosaur-like
creatures. Carl Baugh led the first three expeditions, pre-
paring the way for the rest of us to follow. Paul Nation, in
four expeditions, searched in two areas of PNG, contracting
serious infections twice.
Just weeks after my 2004 expedition on Umboi Island, the
cryptozoologists Garth Guessman and David Woetzel inter-
viewed Umboi native eyewitnesses with systematic interview
forms . . . Woetzel and I later wrote separate scientific
papers, in a peer-reviewed journal, about our experiences
in Papua New Guinea and about pterosaurs in human times.
We appreciate the support from our families and from our
friends here and abroad.
Garth Guessman (left) interviewed the World
War II veteran Duane Hodgkinson (right) in
2005, in Livingston, Montana.
In 1944, just west of Finschhafen, on the
mainland of New Guinea, Hodgkinson and an
army buddy witnessed a giant flying creature
take off from a jungle clearing. Its wingspan
was nearly 30 feet and its tail about at least
10-15 feet long. The creature had no feathers.
Guessman, Whitcomb, and other American
cryptozoologists believe it was a ropen.