California Pterosaur Sightings
Griffith Park Dragons, 2013
The three flying creatures observed
near Griffith Park, California, early
in the morning of March 3, 2013, by
a driver on the I-5 freeway were not
at first glance assumed to be birds
but something like three kites for
some kind of stunt. But the lady
soon changed her mind when she
saw the tails move. She sent an
email to Jonathan Whitcomb and
described to him the “dragons”
that she saw fly over her car as
she drove near Glendale.
Sighting in Orange County, CA
According to the book Live Pterosaurs in
America (third edition), a man was shocked
to see a huge featherless creature fly just
above Campus Drive, right in front of his
car, as the “ropen” entered the pond area
of the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. It
was in clear daylight, and at close range,
in the summer of 2007.
That flying creature had no feathers and
was about thirty feet long, as it flew just
a little above the road which was about
thirty feet wide. The tail of the creature
was about fifteen feet long and had a
“triangle-shaped” structure near the end
of that tail.
Marsh-grass area of wildlife refuge from which the creature was
said to have flown, at mid-day, in August, 2007 --- It may have
been hidden in the tall grass before it took off and flew away.
The “Gitmo Pterosaur” may
be closely related to the
ropen of So. California, for
it also has no feathers but
a long tail and a large size
Copyright 2008-2013 Jonathan David Whitcomb
The “dinosaur” that Patty Carson saw on
the Guantanamo Bay military base in Cuba
in 1965 appears similar to the two flying
creatures seen by a U.S. Marine: E. Kuhn.
Carson’s sketch (left) may have a longer
head crest, but it is also a large featherless
flying creature resembling a pterosaur.
Griffith Park, in Los Angeles, CA, has
many trails in its 4310 acres, but some
of the park is steep terrain with thick
undergrowth: almost inaccessible.
Sighting in Altadena, CA
The teenaged girl saw the giant creature fly
up into the mountains above her parent’s
house in Altadena, California, around 1968.
The dark-colored “pterodactyl” had a wing-
span as long as a bus.
Lakewood, CA “Dragon”
The “dragon-pterodactyl” shocked the lady
when she looked up to see it perched on a
telephone cable over her backyard. It had
no feathers but a long tail that ended in a
“triangle.” She was also surprised at the
loud noise of the wings, as the creature
took off and flew into a neighbor’s tree.