The second edition is being discontinued and the
third edition should be published around April
of 2014. The excerpts shown here are subject to
editing before publication.
“I started analyzing videotaped eyewitness testimonies in
2003; to my delight and amazement the natives of Umboi
Island showed a high level of credibility in the descriptions
of their sightings of a large flying creature: nocturnal and
bioluminescent. In 2004, my hope was confirmed by three
more eyewitnesses: one American World War II veteran and
two Australians. I unleashed my passion by setting out on
my own expedition later in 2004, interviewing a few
eyewitnesses that had not previously been interviewed. The
men and women who told me about their experiences with
the ropen--these persons deserve your attention; please read
their own accounts in my book, then come to your own
“The scientific, philosophical, and spiritual ramifications of
this investigation required more than few web pages I wrote
in 2004 and early 2005. That’s why, from 2005-2006, I spent
twelve months writing the first edition of Searching for
Ropens. New break-throughs and expeditions called for a
second edition, updated and expanded, and now for a third
edition, by far better than previous ones.
“My expedition to Papua New Guinea confirmed to me that
this is some kind of pterosaur, but my confirmation came not
from any personal observation of the ropen: I interviewed
many who have seen it. And when many eyewitnesses, of
different cultures and languages, see and then describe the
same creature, then that creature is real, regardless of
popular Western extinction-ideas.
“This book digs deeper than speculations about biology: Our
human weakness of noticing the superstitions only of those
of other cultures—this is examined from an outside
perspective. Why do Westerners assume that they are
completely immune to superstition? Blindness is easier, and
dinosaur and pterosaur extinction ideas are based on
assumptions, even superstitious-like assumptions.”
Copyright 2007-2013 Jonathan David Whitcomb
Searching for Ropens and Finding God
Learn the truth about the controversy between Darwin's
General Theory of Evolution and Biblical scriptures: It is not
about science versus religion; it is about two opposing
How could a giant living pterodactyl have eluded many
scientists for decades? Why did a World War II veteran’s
testimony receive so little attention? What about this
creature called, on Umboi island, “ropen?” Is it the same
animal called "seklo-bali" on the mainland? Is it a modern
pterosaur? What is the origin of this idea that the last species
of pterosaur died 65 million years ago? Is the idea scientific
Searching for Ropens and Finding God answers these
questions and will challenge you to think for yourself rather
than follow the dogmatism declared by so many textbooks:
that all of the species of pterosaurs must be extinct. At least
two species are still living, probably more.
This book will give you much more than some
cryptozoology books, much more than just an adventure. It
will give you insight into the hearts and minds of the
explorers who took risks in remote jungles to bring to light a
miracle: long-tailed pterosaurs (Rhamphorhynchoids) still
living in the Southwest Pacific.
After returning to the United States, he wrote many web
pages about the concept of modern living pterosaurs in the
southwest Pacific. How he was surprised at the response!
Many emails and phone calls began coming in from many
eyewitnesses of apparent pterosaurs in the United States.
He analyzed the eyewitness accounts of those flying
creatures and wrote a nonfiction book, Live Pterosaurs in
America. The third edition of that cryptozoology book has
many details from sightings in the USA.
Yet Searching for Ropens and Finding God (third edition of
the original book) has extensive eyewitness sighting reports
from Americans in the US, competing with Live Pterosaurs
in America but not replacing that book.
A late pre-publication release of Searching for Ropens and
Finding God includes the following:
[From an sighting in Virginia] “I have not before nor since
ever been so petrified in my life. You [know] how in scary
movies you always want to yell at the protagonist ‘Run, you
idiot! Run!’ because they never do and then they always die?
I was frozen with fear just like they show in the movies. I
felt incapable of moving my legs. I just stood there, facing it
until it literally got about 20 to 30 feet away and it ‘stopped’
and hovered mid-air.
“The wings were somewhere between 15 and 20 feet wide
and they covered the entire opening to the U-shaped inlet
when they were open. The wings were bat shaped without
feathers, the head’s silhouette looked like a point (again,
could not see facial features as it had the moon behind it)
like a head crest but what I was looking at more than
anything else was its large, sharp talons. Right before it
started hovering, in those few seconds I had, I thought it was
going to pick me up. I thought it was going to attack me.”
“I read the book cover to cover in the first 48 hours after I
received it (it was hard to put down). The author does a great
job of laying out the known facts about the Ropen.
“I was equally fascinated with his personal account of
summoning up the courage to go on the trip in the first
place. The book was as much . . . about finding the courage
within you to do something extraordinary as it was about a
possible cryptozoological event.” (Alex Aguila, Florida)
“I sat up till nearly 4 a.m. reading your book. . . . personally
I think you have done a brilliant job of it. Its full of humor
and spirituality. Every page was interesting! Your honesty
in the book really shone through and it was just such good
reading. Loved it!” (Penny, Australia)
“Thanks for your valuable book, that’s not only informative
(very intelligently written), but very interesting to read.”
(Gizella Szegeczky, California).
“I bought this book some time ago expecting nothing but the
typical, boring cryptozoology book. However, what I found
was that it contains a wealth of INTERESTING information
on a cryptid that until now, I had known relatively little
about. Mr. Whitcomb's way of storytelling was captivating
to say the least. His scientific procedures also impressed me.
Normally, when Creationists study cryptozoology, there are
very little facts presented: mostly just a bunch of reports of
‘sightings’ without going too much into detail.
“In this book, you will be presented not only with an
entertaining ‘search for a lost animal’ story, but you will also
come across very specific details... all the way down to the
exact silhouette of the creature, its diet, size, etc. I also
appreciated the section on other types of flying cryptids.
“I am a Creationist, so I really appreciate the chapter that
exploits a bunch of pitfalls of evolution, but the book itself
is not as much ridden with Mr. Whitcomb's Creationist
worldview as some of the other reviews claimed.
“All in all, a very satisfying, captivating read on a little
known animal. I'm looking forward to reading more by this
author!” (J. Navarro, May 23, 2011)
“Be prepared to have your eyes opened to the mysteries yet
to be discovered in God's awesome creation. This book is
packed full of sightings and details of the amazing and
intriguing animal known as Ropen that is found in Papua
“If you really want to know about the Ropen you need to get
this book. It's much easier to believe natives from other
countries who have no reason to make up stories about
dinosaurs (since they don't realize that they are supposed to
be extinct) than to believe stories from people in America
who use stories to get their five minutes of fame, not that
they are all lying. I would give this book 10 stars if I could!
This book should be in every library!!” (Shalee Britton)
“I can hardly put this book down. It is quite astonishing to
read of creatures so large that they can lift a human up into
the air or rob a corpse from a new grave. They even glow at
night with bioluminescence.
“It is understandable how eyewitness are sometimes
reluctant to tell their stories because of ridicule they
experience - fueled by Western evolutionary superstition.
How sad we in the west are so blinded by wrong
assumptions fed to us by the 'scientific' mainstream.
“This book is so refreshing. Jonathan Whitcomb is to be
congratulated for giving us a glimpse of our world denied us
by the wildlife 'experts' from western countries.” (S. Lee)
Jonathan Whitcomb on Umboi Island
Shocking Truth: Modern Pterosaurs
From the Author, Jonathan Whitcomb:
Searching for Ropens and Finding God
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