In the Komodo Islands exists a “living fossil.” It was once believed to have gone extinct eons into the past. However, the locals believed otherwise, because they had encountered it. The reptile was near ten feet in length and even would prey on water-buffalo. In some occurrences it would even attack inhabitants of the island. A little over 100 years ago this man-eating dragon was proven to exist.1 It is now called the Komodo Dragon. What other lethal dragons will be discovered? What you are about to read is a brief overview of accounts of other deadly dragons which may still inhabit our lakes, oceans, and skies.
According to locals in a remote village of Papua New Guinea, about thirty years ago a boy was suddenly attacked by a giant flying dragon. The creature managed to picked him up and he was carried for several seconds before it dropping him.2 For others, the story has ended differently. Eyewitness describe the creature has having leathery wings, a long beak and head crest, and possessing claws on it’s wings.3 A near perfect description of a large pterosaur, a large flying reptile thought by most contemporary paleontologists to have gone extinct 65 million years ago.
In Peru, villagers in a remote area by a river have been attacked by a similar creature. In 1995 two missionaries canoeing down a river claimed to have seen it with their own eyes.
For years, locals in Mexico, Texas, Arizona, California, and New Mexico have claimed they have encountered large “prehistoric birds.” In 1976 Armando Grimaldo was taken to a hospital in Raymondville, Texas. He asserted that earlier that day he was attacked by a large flying creature with large red eyes. He said it has about six feet tall and had 12 foot wings without feathers.4 Researchers have tracked down reports of several people in the Sonora desert that have been killed by the same type of creature. In one incident, the reptile flew silently down and grabbed it’s victim by the back. It apparently made no effort to haul him away, but was content to continue where it landed.5
In Zambia, Africa, J. Brown saw two usual flying creatures in 1965. He described them as having long tails and dog-like snouts with sharp teeth. Apparently juvenile, their wingspans were about 3 feet. Are larger creatures in the region? A man was attacked by a giant flying creature, which the native identified as a pterosaur. The reptile’s long beak inflicted a severe chest wound.6
The African Dragon
This animal is similar to the Komodo Dragon in that it digs caves and tunnels. The animal I am referring to is what has been called Mokele-mbembe. Apparently it is a herbivorous dinosaur, possibly a ProSauropod.7 It posse’s a long whip-like tail, long neck, four legs, and a row of spines along it’s back. More than once this animal has attacked and killed people using its tail and sharp teeth. It will also kill grown elephants and hippos.
Sea and Lake Dragons
On March 24, 1962 Edward Mcleary and four of his friends were planning to dive to sunken ship off the coast of Pensacola, Florida. It began to storm and dense fog rolled in. Here is what Mcleary wrote, “We began to hear strange noises, rather like the splashing of a porpoise…(also) a sickening odor like that of dead fish. The noise got closer to the raft and it was then that we heard a loud hissing sound. Out in the fog we saw what looked like a long pole, 10 feet long…on top was a bulb-like structure. In spite of this they went into the water toward the wreck. After we were in the water we became split up in the fog. From behind I could hear the screams of my comrades one by one. I got a closer look at the thing just before my last friend went under. The neck was about 12 feet long, brownish-green, and smooth looking. The head was more like a sea-turtle, except more elongated, with teeth…there appeared to be what looked like a dorsal fin. Right next to Eric, that telephone-like figure broke the water. I could see the long neck and two small eyes. The mouth opened and it bent over. It dove on top of Eric, dragging him under.8 In spite of Edwards testimony the local news journal claimed that his friends had drowned.
In Lake Okanagan, British Columbia about 1,270 people have reportedly seen an enormous, reptilian monster in the lake. It in some ways resembles the sea-dragon that was seen off the coast of Florida (above). In 1932, Henry Murdoch (a life guard) was practicing for a marathon swim. The area where he was swimming was only 8 feet deep. One day something happened to him during a route swim and he was never seen again, nor was his body recovered.9 In 1988 a similar incident occurred with Allan Skarbo.10 In 1977 John Parker, who was a diver, was in the lake when he was found dead. His body revealed a mysterious bruise, as if something underwater had knocked him unconscious.11 Were these occurrences the result of a close encounter with a large aquatic beast? More than likely, we will never know exactly what happened, but the questions will not cease.
- B. Dalton, Indonesia Handbook, Moon Publications
- Gibbons, William J. Missionaries and Monsters. Creation Generation Publications, 2003
- Interview with Paul G. Nation and Garth Guessman, 2007
- Shuker, Karl. In Search of Prehistoric Survivors. A Blandford Book, 1995
- Interview with Herb Stine, 2007
- Interview with Peter G. Beach, 2007
- F. Spaeth, Mysteries of the Deep, Liewellyn Publications
- A. Gaal, In Search of Ogopogo, Hanncock House Publishers