Sketches by Kuhn
By Eskin Kuhn
Photo by Garth Guessman, cryptozoologist and explorer
Analysis by Clifford Paiva, physicist
Video by Paul Nation,
cryptozoologist and explorer
, deep in the mainland
of Papua New Guinea, late 2006
Indava Lights Analyzed
Lake Pung, Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea, where seven native teenagers, around 1994, were terrified by a giant flying ropen in clear daylight
Bioluminescence of two indava,
videotaped before they flew away
Analysis of indava video reveals three-dimensional structure: no hoax, but real.
Paul Nation's video shows no campfire, no car headlights, no flashlights . . .
Lab Lab Harbor, Umboi Island, Papua New Guinea
On this remote tropica island of the southwest Pacific, known as the home
of the ropen,
several American cryptozoologists have explored, interviewing
native eyewitnesses of the giant flying creature described like a pterosaur.
Eyewitness Gideon Koro, of Umboi
The U.S. cryptozoologist Jonathan Whitcomb interviewed Gideon Koro, in 2004, about ten yearsafter the seven native boys witnessed, in daylight, the giant long-tailed featherless ropen flying over Lake Pung, north
of Koro's village.
Three photos by Jonathan Whitcomb
Umboi Island has become famous as the home of the pterosaur-like creature that the natives call "ropen." American explorers who
have visited Umboi, searching for the creature, have included Carl Baugh and Paul Nation (of Texas), and Jonathan Whitcomb and
Garth Guessman (of California), and David Woetzel (of New Hampshire). Consistant descriptions from the many eyewitnesses include
a brief glow as the ropen flies at night, and a very long tail, neither of which relates to the Flying Fox fruit bat that many natives
of Umboi call "byung." The ropen is obviousoly nothing like any fruit bat.
The U.S. Marine Eskin Kuhn sketched this pterosaur
soon after he observed it flying in daylight at the U.S.
military base at Guantanamo
Bay, Cuba, in 1971.
Susan Wooten, of South Carolina, sketched the huge
pterosaur that flew in front of her car on a clear day.
Duane Hodgkinson (American)
and Brian Hennessy (Australian)
saw similar flying creatures.
Another sketch by eyewitness Eskin Kuhn