Living Pterosaurs in Cuba

Read more about those pterosaurs in Cuba 

 In 1971, the U.S. Marine Eskin Kuhn was stationed at the Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba. Consider his own words about living pterosaurs:

"I was not stationed to the Barracks but to 2nd Battallion, 8th Regiment (reinforced), H&S Co., 106mm recoiless rifle platoon. . . . We were engaged during the day in physical training, close order drill, gun drill, cleaning and maintenance, classes and other sundry routine common to service life, including a break for lunch with its attending rest period or free time.

"It was during such a free time period, in the middle of the day, that I was outside and witnessed the pterosaurs. It was a beautiful, clear summer day . . . most of the platoon was in the new barracks "hanging out". I was looking in the direction of the ocean when I saw an incredible sight. . . .

"I am an artist with sharp eye for detail;and was determined to drink in the visage before me for future recording on paper. I saw two pterosaurs . . . flying together at low altitude, perhaps 100 feet, very close in range from where I was standing, so that I had a perfectly clear view of them.

"The rythym of their large wings was very graceful, slow ; and yet they were flying and not merely gliding . . . The structure and the texture of the wings appeared to be very similar to that of bats . . . The pterosaurs I saw had the short hind legs attached to the rearward-most part of the wing, and they had a long tail trailing behind with a tuft of hair at the end. The head was disproportionately large, with a long crest at the back, long bill, long neck with a crook in it.

". . . I recall running to a barracks as they were well past me, grabbing Sgt Cunningham by the arm and trying to drag [him] outside to witness them and corroborrate my sighting, but by the time I could get him outside they were gone. I rotated back to the States not long after that, and for the rest of my tour I never saw them again. Eskin C. Kuhn."

Immediately after the sighting, the marine sketched what he had seen. He has stood by his testimony for decades, even in the face of ridicule.


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