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I [Jonathan Whitcomb] interviewed Susan Wooten,  by email in 2007, about her sighting of an apparent  pterosaur that flew over a highway that ran by a  swamp in South Carolina. She told me “It looked as  big as any car, and had NO feathers, not like a huge  crane or egret.” With a wingspan that she estimated  at 12-20 feet, the creature glided over the highway,  passing close to her car: about twenty feet high and  twenty-five feet in front of her car.   The sighting by Wooten was at about 3:00 p.m.  between Greenville and Florence, South Carolina.  The visibility was clear. She was following a friend  who was driving in a car ahead (the second woman  did not notice anything, for the apparent pterosaur  had flown behind that second car).  Several things caught my attention. Wooten’s sketch  of the pterosaur (“pterodactyl” is the common word)  showed  a very long tail and legs. She was sure that  what she interpreted as a tail was indeed a tail and  that she saw the legs separately. She was also sure  of a head appendage and showed it in her drawing.  She also noted that other drivers pulled over after  the creature flew over the highway. This is another  clue that Susan saw something strange flying over a  remote area of South Carolina. The description itself  shows it was a living pterosaur.  
When I brought up this sighting on a cryptozoology  internet forum (, skeptics were  quick to offer alternate explanations: anything  except a pterosaur. It seems to me, however, that  the skeptics failed to read or consider the testimony  itself, offering suggestions that contradicted what  was in the report. (Why not read it first? Really!)   The first comment included “how good a look can  someone get of something in a moving car?” This  skeptic seems to have only scanned the report or  only read my brief comment on it, for the  eyewitness described the creature: “as big as any  car.” She also estimated that it flew about 20 feet  high and about 25 feet in front of her car. And the  description itself (it includes many details) shows  that she did indeed get a good look at the creature.  Not all comments were from skeptics but the  general tone from most of them was that no  pterosaur can live anywhere in South Carolina,  therefore there must be a problem with a sighting  report that suggests a large pterosaur flew over a  highway in South Carolina. They rejected the report  because of their preconceived ideas about pterosaur  extinctions. It was almost like they said, “Nobody’s  seen a pterosaur or somebody would’ve seen one,”  which would have been obvious circular reasoning. 
Pterosaur Seen in South Carolina
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River in South Carolina  (Photo by “Let Ideas Compete”)
San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, Southern California
Introduction to the sighting and the controversy
Whitcomb is a living-pterosaur expert and author of the nonfiction books Searching for Ropens and Finding God and Live Pterosaurs in America (both in revised editions)
Consider Paul Nation’s 2006  expedition on the mainland  of Papua New Guinea. He  saw the indava-light several  times and videotaped two  indava lights on a ridge.      First Nonfiction Book    Jonathan Whitcomb wrote  "Searching for Ropens"  (now in its fourth edition)  after he traveled to Papua  New Guinea to interview  credible native eyewitnesses  on Umboi Island. This book  is nonfiction: a true story.  The revised book title is  Searching for Ropens and  Finding God (4th edition).  
Deep in the oceans, many  creatures [fish, squid, etc] use  bioluminescence for various  purposes. On the land, perhaps  the best known case is in the  abdomen of the firefly. . . .  About two thousand species of  fireflies [fly] in the world. Each  bioluminescent species has its  own pattern. 
Wooten wrote under her sketch “Definitely no  feathers -- this thing was not only huge but was  practically on top of me -- maybe 20 ft? above &  25 ft? in front of me > crossing highway”   The above sketch is by Susan Wooten, eyewitness  of the South Carolina pterosaur. Note similarities  to the Hodgkinson “pterodactyl” sighting (1944,  Finschhafen area of New Guinea).   This South Carolina sighting may relate to the  Marfa Lights of Texas, but as of late 2010 the  evidence for Marfa Lights being nocturnal  bioluminescent flying predators is only indirect,  even though the circumstantial evidence has been  accumulating dramatically through March, 2011.  Nevertheless, the creature Wooten saw flying over  the highway was nothing like any “huge crane or  egret.” Common sense insists it was a pterosaur.   Learn more about living pterosaurs, what some  eyewitnesses might call “dinosaur birds.”  
Expedition of 2006
Learn much more about the South Carolina sighting. Read the non-fiction cryptozoology book by Jonathan Whitcomb: Live Pterosaurs in America (third edition). Delight in details: many sightings across the United States of America: astonishing true accounts of living pterosaurs  in many states of the USA.
Cryptozoology & Pterodactyls   “People think that these are flying  dinosaurs, but scientists notice they  differ from dinosaurs.”  Ropen and South Carolina Sighting This flying creature resembles the ropen  of Papua New Guinea, at least  somewhat, but this “pterodactyl” is also  called the “South Carolina pterosaur.”  
Sketch by the eyewitness Eskin Kuhn: one of two pterosaurs he observed in Cuba
The original version of this web page was on, before the host discontinued PWP support. The word “prodigy” is continued in this URL. We honor child prodigies.
Consider these book reviews on strange and paranormal phenomena: near death experiences (NDE) and eyewitness accounts of living pterosaurs and dinosaurs (books by George Ritchie, Betty Eadie, F. Silcock, and Whitcomb).
By the end of the 20th Century, the living Coelacanth was no longer considered very strange. The origin of the idea of the ancient Coelacanth, however, is strange. Believing in a living Coelacanth, why should we not consider a living pterosaur? And if these two kinds of creatures still live, why consider them “ancient?” Consider that.