South Carolina Pterosaur Sighting, Between Columbia and Florence
|The huge featherless creature swooped down over the highway, maybe only “twenty feet” high and only “twenty five” feet in front of the car. (Highway 20, South Carolina)|
This pterodactyl or pterosaur sketch is Copyright 2007 Susan Wooten
Susan Wooten, of Greenville, South Carolina, was driving from Greenville to Florence (about 1989) when she saw a giant creature glide over the highway in front of the car.
Her friend, who was driving in a car ahead, saw nothing behind her.
“It looked as big as any car, and had NO feathers, not like a huge crane or egret. . . . it swooped down over the highway and back up gracefully over the pines.” It was in a remote swampy area.
It was 3:00 p.m. and some cars in the opposite lane pulled over after the pterosaur-like creature flew over the highway. Susan wanted to pull over to talk with them but she would have been separated from her friend who kept on driving.
It started out above pine treetops and swooped lower between and up again to fly up above treetops on other side. It came from the left towards me . . . then over median, and over me, then up over treetops on my side, to the right.
The pterosaur was “gliding” but it flapped its wings slowly once or twice. The wingspan was about twelve to twenty feet.
The weather allowed for a good observation: “nice pretty day--clear, in the fall, but don't remember which month.”
The eyewitness referred to her condition at the time as being free from anything that might have impaired her judgment.
“was embarrassed to tell anyone, and who I told laughed at me. Now that I have internet, have looked it all up. (as I did then in local libraries, noting that there were at the time also sightings in our area as well as Texas and Calif . . . ”
From Jonathan Whitcomb, author of Searching for Ropens:
Although my email contact with Susan has been for only a few weeks, there is no obvious sign of any hoax; I believe her report is genuine with little potential for any hallucination or dream.
The clarity of the weather, close distance to the creature, and its large size and clear lack of feathers—these combine to refute a misidenti-fication of a bird. The large size and slow flapping of wings combine to refute a misidentification of a mechanical pterosaur (a model airplane also sounds like a model airplane).
Could Susan have dozed off for a second? Brief dreams that wake up a driver are common. But if that happened, Susan would have remembered waking up or at least being sleepy.
In addition, the drivers of the other cars would not have pulled over to talk about somebody’s dream that just flew over the highway.
I think that Western civilization needs to wake up to the reality of living pterosaurs. Why believe that all species are extinct?
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