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Dinosaur Found Alive: Two Species Recorded in Papua New Guinea

Jurassic Park in New Guinea? Not quite, but close...

Amazing amateur daylight video of a ‘Ropen’ (Dimorphodon pterosaur) hunting for fish off a Papua New Guinea beach.
Amazing amateur daylight video of a ‘Ropen’ (Dimorphodon pterosaur) hunting for fish off a Papua New Guinea beach.

(PAPUA, New Guinea) - The Ropen or ‘demon flyer‘ is a monstrous creature that’s terrified the natives of Papua New Guinea for thousands of years. Another smaller creature, the Duah, is possibly related to the Ropen; this creature haunts some of the far flung outlying islands.

Now sensational eyewitness reports—collected by determined exploration teams seeking strong evidence of the creatures—have led serious researchers to the conclusion that two distinct animals exist.

The descriptions of both monsters match that of fabled pterosaurs—ferocious flying dinosaurs thought to be extinct for 65 million years.

The hunt for the glowing dinosaurs

US Researcher Davie Woetzel

Jim Blume and David Woetzel are two daring researchers that have explored the dangerous regions—including the treacherous outlying islands—where the prehistoric monsters are known to hunt their prey.

Not only have these two compiled eyewitness accounts of the creatures from frightened natives, and physical evidence of gigantic nesting sites in some of the mountainous cliff areas, both men have personally witnessed the soaring creatures—and Woetzel even shot some video footage of one.

The creatures first came to the attention of missionaries who described these nocturnal fliers as having large creatures with bat-like wings, that were connected to an elongated beak. They described razor sharp teeth, muscular tearing claws and a very long whip-like tail with a split or flange on the end. There are reports from both investigators and natives of these creatures glowing in the dark. Researcher David Woetzel called the phenomenon 'Ropen light', he spent time studying them and even recorded images with his video camera[1].

It’s hypothesized the bio-luminescent glow assists the creatures' efforts to hunt and catch fish—their primary diet—in the deep darkness of the tropical night.

The evidence for two types of living pterosaurs

Although the Ropen and Duah have strikingly similar physical characteristics, the giant Ropen inhabits Papua New Guinea while the smaller Duah stays relatively close to the outlying islands.

Other than actual modern-day sightings of the two, a surviving 16th Century maritime chart lends credence to the hypothesis of two distinctly different creatures.

The 1595 chart cautions sailors about ‘sea monsters’ and depicts various coastal regions of Earth where monsters might be found. In the area of Papua New Guinea, two 'sea monsters' are illustrated: one is much larger than the other, yet both have almost identical physical traits. Each have long necks, prominent head crests, tails ending with a flipper like appendage and ridges along their backs. They are shown flying above an island[2].

Despite the general consensus amongst orthodox zoologists that the creatures don't exist, those that have actually traveled deep into Papua New Guinea's primitive rain forests and tiny offshore islands are convinced the creatures are living there now—especially since they have seen them firsthand.

(Editor's note: We have included one video with this article, but there are more. Go to, the link is listed below, and check out Terrence's more expanded report with more video:

Found alive: Two dinosaur species in Papua New Guinea [with videos] by Terrence Aym


[1] 'Ropen Light' Sighting by David Woetzel

[2] 'A Pictorial History of Sea Monsters,' Sweeney, James B. 1972, p. 42.

Expedition Links

Results of Investigations Concerning Pterosaur Sightings In Papua New Guinea

The Woetzel-Guessman Expedition

The Living Pterosaur Expedition - John Whitcomb

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Terrence Aym, Writer/Contributor is based in Chicago, and is well known nationally for his stirring reports on the top ranked site, Born in Minnesota, Terrence Aym grew up in the Chicagoland suburbs. Having traveled to 40 of the 50 states and lived in 7 of them, Aym is no stranger to travel. He's also spent time in Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Western Africa. An executive for many years with Wall Street broker-dealer firms, Aym has also had a life-long interest in science, technology, the arts, philosophy and history. If it's still possible to be a 'Renaissance man' in the 21st Century, Aym is working hard to be one.

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me September 2, 2017 3:46 pm (Pacific time)

please people that frigate bird bullcrap has already been debunked a long time ago. you guys are frigin idiots. they have research and also a map now why would a map refer to sea monsters maybe because thats what they saw they don't just make stuff up because they feel like it. monsters are real lock your doors or the dinosaurs might get you for your disbelief. dinosaurs were a part of life in the bible and Christ is real also so get over it already.

Barbara February 25, 2017 1:36 pm (Pacific time)

Oh for pete's sake, what BS! That is NOT a pterosaur, it's a greater frigate bird, we see them all the time in the Caribbean.

Joe March 23, 2014 2:47 pm (Pacific time)

This is obviously a frigate bird. But what causes the bioluminous light.

Mike DeBell August 3, 2013 12:04 pm (Pacific time)

That bird is a frigate bird.

Cherokee Empire January 29, 2013 7:22 am (Pacific time)

Yes, Big Bird is real! You can see some in photos from the Civil War in Texas era and other times linked to Cherokee Empire!

Sicleidesantos September 23, 2012 5:04 am (Pacific time)

Currently science is in a quandary of what is uncertain and what is certain.Current science holds onto the old theories without regard to new technologies and science measurements such as satellites, mechanics, etc.In so being negligent, areas such as circular motion has never been studied or understood. A hugely vast area that can show how motion can change density and change the evolution of this planet as it slows from 4.5 billions years ago. We do have time lines that can be looked at but that takes understanding what is being studied and what to look for. Every time I dig deeper, the more I find that we can be into the next Ice Age with the current changes in atmospheric pressure and surface salt changes. This has shifted the ocean heat to the Arctic and has opened the doors to vast amounts of precipitation that is the signature mark of an Ice Age.

Dave Woetzel September 10, 2011 7:02 pm (Pacific time)

Don't mind the picture of me. But that supposed Ropen pic is a complete hoax. I was never associated with it. It was created to discredit our work.

Tim King: Dave, that is distressing, I snapped that pic from the video, what would you like me to do?

gary berliner September 8, 2010 12:04 am (Pacific time)

Looks like an albatross to me.

Nate August 16, 2010 7:36 am (Pacific time)

This is obviously a Frigatebird. In New Guinea, it's either Lesser or Great Frigatebird, though the poor quality of the video makes it difficult to tell.

Vic August 13, 2010 8:51 am (Pacific time)

They have those all over here..they are called frigattas ..or Frigate Birds..

bobo August 13, 2010 12:18 am (Pacific time)

Salem News duped by creationists!

dst August 12, 2010 9:40 pm (Pacific time)

This story is hoakie. The people involved are part of a creationist group that support young earth theory and believe the Ropen will prove that man and dinosaur existed. Click on his Helium profile, look at the other story listed under this title. That one will explain more.

DST August 12, 2010 9:36 pm (Pacific time)

There is a rebuttal to this article and it comes from the same source this article came from. This article exposes some of the folks involved in this story what they are. And for those who suggest it's a frigate bird, pat yourself on the back.

Douglas Brown August 12, 2010 6:44 pm (Pacific time)

This is clearly a frigatebird. Impressive animals, but not pterosaurs (which weren't dinosaurs, by the way).

Prancing Papio August 12, 2010 8:26 pm (Pacific time)

Looks like a Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens)to me. Actually a female to be precise. You can see the white breast when the bird is flying.

Hank Ruark August 12, 2010 9:30 am (Pacific time)

Have they checked yet for any current relation to GOP/DC and operational actions ?

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