Recently, a resident of Florida – she wishes to remain anonymous – spotted a large, Pterosaur-like creature in Apopka.
“My mom and aunt saw it standing on the ground,” she told Cryptozoology News. “It noticed them and then it went into hiding in the shadows. It had massive shoulders [that protruded] as it moved.”
A Pterosaur, commonly referred to as a Pterodactyl, is a winged reptile known to have shared the world with dinosaurs during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods and thought to have gone extinct over 65 million years ago. They’re unique looking with membranous wings and long fourth fingers.
Could this dinosaur still live among us today?
According to Mike Habib, a specialist in biomechanics from Chatham University, seeing a Pterosaur would be nearly unmistakable.
“It would have been a very bizarre animal to see fly above you or walk around on the ground,” he admits. “It would look like a strange amalgamation of a classic modern reptile, bird, giraffe, and bat all squeezed into one.”
There are, however, certain cryptids with similar characteristics. Consider, for example, thunderbirds, which have been reported in Florida and feature large, pterosaur-like wings. Other cryptids with better-matching traits live across the ocean in Europe and Africa, but that isn’t necessarily an impossible trek for such a large flying creature.
Mark Witton, a British paleontologist, and Habib suggest the Pterosaur could fly up to 80 miles per hour for 7 to 10 days at altitudes of 15,000 feet, a maximum range between 8,000 and 12,000 miles.
“That doesn’t mean necessarily they did,” said Habib, “doesn’t mean necessarily a specific number, just that it would be long enough to say, cross an ocean.”
This opens up the possibility of a Kongamato crossing the Atlantic Ocean. These Pterosaur-like creatures are said to live in Africa and possess large, leathery wings without feathers. Their name translates to “overwhelmer of boats,” and some Cameroon natives describe the creature as bat-like. Its less-elongated neck is the only significant difference between the Kongamato and Pterosaur.
It is also possible that this is simply the misidentification of a vulture. Both the turkey vulture and black vulture live in Flordia, but birds didn’t evolve from Pterosaurs. These animals are very different in terms of feathers and wingspan. It would have to be a wild misidentification if this were the case.