Modern Pterosaurs in Griffith Park?

In a period of ten weeks, two eyewitnesses saw a total of four flying creatures: three “dragons” and one “pterosaur.” The three were gliding together early in the morning of March 3, 2013, over the I-5 freeway near Griffith Park. The “pterosaur” was seen gliding over that same freeway on May 13, 2013, just a mile and a half to the south.

Both eyewitnesses were young-women drivers in northbound lanes of the I-5. The first chose to be anonymous; the second did not mind having her name published: Devin Rhodriquez.

First Sighting Near Griffith Park

The anonymous eyewitness said, “I saw three ‘dragons’ flying over the 5-North freeway between Griffith Park and Glendale. They appeared to be several feet long, with a head:body:tail ratio that was certainly not that of a bird. Their wings were long, angular and pointed and their tails had triangular points. They appeared light in color . . .”

Second Sighting Near Griffith Park

Devin Rhodriquez said, “. . . what I saw fly over the freeway in Los Angeles WAS NOT a bird of any kind . . . matches the exact descriptions of a pterosaur except for the tail.” She was focusing on the head of the apparent pterosaur and so did not notice the presence or absence of a tail.


Panorama of a part of Griffith Park in the city of Los Angeles, California

Griffith Park in Los Angeles


Sighting North of Pasadena, California, Years Earlier

It was around 1968 when another eyewitness saw a huge “pterodactyl” north of Pasadena. It was flying up into the mountains north of Altadena, near the corner of Allen Avenue and Altadena Drive. It was the size of a school bus.

This apparent pterosaur may be the same species as others that have been seen for many years in Southern California: San Diego, a desert east of San Diego, near California State University at Irvine, Lakewood, Long Beach, Pico Rivera, San Fernando Valley, and other locations. Most of the sightings have been near a storm channel, or the Los Angeles River, or some other major river system or stream bed.


Do Dragons Live in Griffith Park?

Both eyewitnesses contacted me by email within hours of their sightings and answers my many questions over a period of several days. Although I found a number of differences in what they described, I found enough similarities to declare the two sightings involved the same species of ropen. My associates and I believe this kind of flying creature is an extant Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaur.

Hollywood Pterodactyls, for Real?

The lady driving northbound on the I-5, at 6:10 a.m. on March 3, 2013, was not sure that the three flying creatures gliding over the freeway had no feathers (the sighting was too quick), but she was sure that they were not birds.

Dragons of Los Angeles

She was driving north on the Interstate 5, just east of a golf course on the east side of Griffith Park, in Los Angeles, on Sunday, March 3, 2013. The flying creatures flew almost exactly over her car in the opposite direction. It was just minutes before sunrise, so the sky was no longer dark and she could see the undersides of the “dragons.” They were light colored and had a peculiar shape.


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