"Prehistoric" Creature Flies Over Bougainville
I interviewed Mr. Hennessy, by emails, in 2006. Here is an excerpt:
"The creature I saw one early morning in Bougainville is etched in my memory. It was so unusual. I actually heard it before I saw it. A slow flap...flap...flapping sound. . . . When I looked up, trying to see what was making this sound, I saw a very unusual creature. Firstly, it was very big (wingspan at least 2 metres, probably more...possibly much, much more). . . . The head had no 'normal' beak. . . . a kind of beak that was indistinguishable from the head, and the head seemed to continue this 'point' at the back of the head. There was a clear line running from the 'beak' to the back of the head..where the 'line' continued to protrude . . ."
An excerpt from the Eworldwire press release:
Mr. Hennessy had been unaware [before 2006] of . . . expeditions related to what he had seen. . . . [He] was also unaware that many natives have names for giant flying creatures: One . . . is "ropen."
The American author noticed similarities between Hennessy's description and that of a creature reported 500 miles to the west, near Finschhafen, Papua New Guinea, twenty-seven years earlier. In 1944, Duane Hodgkinson, now living in Montana, saw a giant "prehistoric" creature flying over a clearing where he and another soldier were standing.
Whitcomb had interviewed Hodgkinson in 2004 and realized, two years later, that both the American veteran and the psychologist had seen a dark flying creature with a long tail but no sign of feathers. Both men used the word "prehistoric."
In 2006, Whitcomb showed Hennessy a series of sketches for determining the shape of the head, including the beak and the head appendage. (A similar questionnaire had been given to Hodgkinson two years earlier.) Whitcomb then drew a sketch based on Hennessy's answers, and concluded that Hennessy had seen, in 1971, the same type of creature that Hodgkinson had seen in 1944.
By Jonathan Whitcomb
Sighting in Papua New Guinea