Pterosaur Sightings & Southern California Storm Channels

On March 18, 2013, I compared eight sighting reports of apparent pterosaurs in Southern California. The most recent sighting had been just fifteen days earlier, between Griffith Park and Glendale. Not one of those sightings was very far from a storm channel or stream bed.

Lets consider each of these sightings in Southern California, in order of how close each flying creature was to a storm channel or stream bed.


Lakewood, California – June 19, 2012

Only two feet away—that’s how close the creature was (horizontally) to the concrete wall of the channel. The “dragon pterodactyl” surprised the lady, to put it mildly, as she gazed at the huge winged creature that sat perched on the telephone cable over the storm canal at the back of the backyard.


Los Angeles – March 3, 2013

On a Sunday morning, at a few minutes after six,  the driver saw three “dragons” flying over the I-5 freeway, just 175 feet or so to the west of the near bank of the Los Angeles River. Their silhouettes resembled giant Sordes Pilosus pterosaurs. This was just northeast of downtown Los Angeles.


San Diego – November 4, 2011

The two huge flying creatures were about 1200 feet from the nearest creek bed, as two men observed them in San Diego at 8:00 p.m., in the fall of 2011.


Pico Rivera, California – about 2006

About 1600 feet from the San Gabriel River channel—that was where the large creature was flying in Pico Rivera.


Long Beach – Traffic Circle

The apparent pterosaur was flying about 1700 feet from the end of a storm channel, a few years ago, just south of the Long Beach Airport.


Altadena, California (north of Pasadena) – about 1968

The “pterodactyl” was as long as a bus, as it flew up into the mountains above Altadena. It was about half a mile from the stream bed above Eaton Canyon Park.


Irvine (Orange County) – 2007

The driver of the car, in clear daylight, saw the huge ropen fly not far above the road in front of him, about half a mile from San Diego Creek, at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary.


Sherman Oaks – 2009

The huge flying creature, seen by a couple taking a walk, was about a mile from the storm channel that leads to Hansen Dam in the San Fernando Valley.



Granted, a mile from any storm channel or stream bed in Los Angeles County (see “Sherman Oaks” above) takes in a lot of area; but five of the above eight sightings were well under half a mile, and the Lakewood sighting was of an apparent ropen almost directly above a channel. I suggest there are limited exceptions to the rule that ropens use storm channels and stream beds to fly along at night. They navigate by them and find food in them.


The Los Angeles River, seen at an industrial area north of downtown LA - photo by "The City Project"

Los Angeles River, just northeast of downtown L.A.


Pterosaur Sightings in USA

. . . Laura Dean, who encountered a huge flying creature in Central Arkansas in the spring of 2012.


Southern California Sighting

Just before noon, on June 19, 2012, in her backyard in Lakewood, California, [the anonymous lady] clearly saw, at a close distance, what impressed her as a “dragon-pterodactyl.” It had no feathers but the tail she estimated at about six feet long.


Worldwide Sightings of Pterosaurs

The eyewitness was shocked to see that the creature had both a head crest (common in Pterodactyloids) and a long tail with a “diamond tip” (common in Rhamphorhynchoids). [near Maryland-Virginia border]



Front and back covers of the nonfiction cryptozoology book "Live Pterosaurs in America" - 3rd edition - by Jonathan David Whitcomb

Live Pterosaurs in America, third edition, by Whitcomb

From the back cover of this nonfiction cryptozoology book:

Americans, for years, have reported obvious living pterosaurs, with sightings in Washington state, California, New Mexico, Texas, Ohio, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Virginia, Kansas, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Missouri.

Discover for yourself these amazing yet true stories and why they are usually absent from news headlines. Learn of the searches and research done by a few American cryptozoologists who stand up to ridicule and proclaim the truth. At least two pterosaur species, (quite uncommon, mostly nocturnal) still live in North America.

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