Living Pterosaur Expedition of 2006
Late in 2006, I interviewed Paul Nation in his home in Granbury, Texas, just days after he had returned from Papua New Guinea. I videotaped the interview and made a digital copy of the video footage of the two indava lights. A copy was later given to the physicist Cliff Paiva, who analyzed the lights and found them to be anything but ordinary: not from airplanes, meteors, car headlights, lanterns, or campfires. And a hoax it was not.
Paul’s 2006 living-pterosaur expedition was the first one of its kind to the remote mountainous interior of New Guinea, but it was not his first expedition in Papua New Guinea. He had searched for ropens (we believe them to be the same as or similar to indavas) on Umboi Island twice before, but 2006 was the first year that he had seen these bioluminescent creatures himself. And he seems to be the first American to have brought back any photographic or video evidence for the existence of the amazing pterosaur or pterosaur-like creature that natives call “ropen,” and “indava.”
On one night, after several sightings over several nights, near Tawa Village, he videotaped two indava lights just before they flew up from a ridge above the village. During videotaping, one light slowly turned off but the other continued glowing for a few more seconds.
Jacob Kepas, a national Baptist pastor from the mainland, assisted Paul as an interpreter. As a living-pterosaur investigator himself, however, Jacob did much more: He became an eyewitness of one of the creatures they sought.
With a local man (Joseph) Jacob climbed up to where he could see the cliff (or the“cave” as some nationals of Papua New Guinea sometimes call overhanging cliffs) where an indava appeared to be asleep. Joseph had climbed up first, then called Jacob, by radio, asking for assistance with Paul Nation’s video camcorder.
Jacob was not sure but thought he saw the head of the indava under one of its wings. The steep angle of observation (lower than the cliff ) and great distance made him unsure. Joseph, however, climbed to a higher vantage point and confirmed that it was the creature.
Unfortunately, none of the video footage the two natives obtained showed what they had seen. It seems that neither one was proficient with videotaping. Nevertheless, Jacob Kepas seems to have been the first living-pterosaur investigator who had a daylight sighting while searching for the creatures.
What an historic expedition!
of the second edition of the book
, "Searching for Ropens," is devoted to Paul Nation’s incredible living-pterosaur expedition
of 2006 and Cliff Paiva’s analysis of the resulting video footage of the two indava lights.
Pterosaurs, more than one species,
do live in various parts of the world.
Paul Nation on a previous expedition
From Nation's 2006 video footage
Daylight view of the ridge in Papua New Guina
Introduction to the Indava-Light Video Recording
by Paul Nation, near Tawa Village, Papua New Guinea
Copyright 2007, 2011 Jonathan Whitcomb
Whitcomb is a living-pterosaur investigator and author of cryptozoology books
Soon after returning from this expedition, Paul Nation was interviewed, in his home in Texas, by cryptozoologist Jonathan Whitcomb
Jacob Kepas describes the creature he and a local man saw high on a cliff, in daylight, during the 2006 expedition.
* This may relate to the flying predators said to create
Marfa Lights in Texas *