Ok... so I saw a Pterodactyl up close tonight. Not joking. WTF!?!

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  1. Smgbad

    Smgbad Supporting Member

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    I was driving along on I-540 in Raleigh at sundown tonight, cruising at about 70 mph, heading to my weekly jam session with my buddy. All of a sudden I see the HUGE bird looking thing fly across the overpass I was on, maybe 20-25 feet in front of my car and about 7 or 8 feet off the ground. When I say it flew over, I mean it darted... Like a bird of prey. The first thing that caught my immediate attention was the fact it had an enourmous pointed beak, with a pointed top of it's head. My eyes followed the body down and I noted that the wingspan was probably about 5-6 feet wide. Kind of bony wing stucture ending in points (almost like sails) with what looked like small claws in the middle. Bat-like in a way. Couldnt tell really well but the body looked like greyish fur or dark skin. Two legs like a bird kind of jutting straight out of the ass section, followed by (and this is what REALLY made me freak) a LONG tail with a spade at the end. It then kept its wings open and leveled out, soaring over the foresty/swampy area below the overpass.

    I am not joking. I was not drinking. There were NO drugs involved. Some friends I told tonight believed me as they knew was unusually freaked and excited. My wife thought I was full of it. Before you say anything about bats, no bat I know of it THAT big with a long spaded tail and a pointed head and beak. No bird I know of has fleshy wings nor a tail.

    I have thought about this all night going over every possible thing it might have been. Pterodactyls don't have long tails in reconstuctive art I looked at afterwards.

    Question is.... WHAT THE HELL DID I SEE?!?
     
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    Probably someone from one of the local universities, been screwing around with some pterodactyl DNA and the bastard got loose. Or not. I know of no large, spade tailed, flying beast. But I'm not up to date on the flora and fawna of the Raleigh area. Could it have been a Turkey Vulture with a arrow in its ass?
     
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    Cody Well, look who’s undead! Silver Supporting Member

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    Did it look something like this?

     
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    It was not a kite or radio controlled plane. It displayed full range of motion. It glided then flapped, glided then flapped. Its wingspan was enormous, and it was very much a real living thing. The kite thing is out also because it flew over an overpass right in front of my car.
     
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    ^Oh man you could have some fun with that...
     
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    I'm pretty sure it was Lindsay Lohan.
     
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    I did find this in my research to figure it all out. Pretty funny... NOT SUITABLE FOR WORK OR IN FRONT OF KIDS DUE TO LANGUAGE! Cool song though.

     
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    No clue what you saw (or even if you're serious), but your description sounds more like a rhamphorhynchus -- except for the pointed top on the head.

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    I'm worried about those cats.
     
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    Minus the colors, adding the head point, and havinf the wings not quite curving back so far that is exactly what I saw. Also it's teeth werent that noticible in the view I got.
     
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    Sounds more like a rhamphorhynchus/pterodactyl hybrid then!

    For what it's worth, modern sightings of such creatures are not unknown... although nobody can explain them.

    Did Pterosaurs Survive Extinction?
     
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    I am positive you saw a crane. There are plenty around there. I see them all them time.
     
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    I's love to hear more about this.

    I think the photos above are fake... The wing angles are all the same.
     
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    Whatever it was, it sure jolted this guy's ability to spell and use proper grammar.
     
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    You saw a tail? With a spade on the end? :Devil
     
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    Blue heron is my guess. I thought the same thing when I saw one for the first time. The thing was gigantic and prehistoric-looking!
     
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    This. Crane, or more likely a Heron perhaps. They're sizable birds that tend to fly low and hold their legs and feed straight back behind them looking like a tail with a "spade" at the end as you described. They have plumage on the top of the their heads. Were you near a body of water where you were driving.

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    I agree jwoertz - Great Blue Heron is a huge prehistoric looking bird. Were you close to any body of water?
     
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