reply to post by doom27
If so many people have seen them, then why aren't there any pictures?
What about many things that we take for granted? How many things we
believe without photographic evidence! But that's a deep subject, and
only indirectly related.
1) Most scientists or professors could lose the jobs and even their
careers, should they suggest going on any expedition in search of
living pterosaurs. Consider the following living-pterosaurs
expeditions in Papua New Guinea: Carl Baugh (1996), Paul Nation
(2002), Whitcomb (2004), Woetzel-Guessman (2004), Paul Nation
(2006), Paul Nation (2007), Destination Truth (2007), Monsterquest
(2009). Not one of those expeditions had any sponsorship from any
university or from National Geographic or from the Smithsonian.
2) Claiming a photograph you took is of a living pterosaur could
leave you branded as a liar and a hoaxer.
3) Many eyewitnesses in remote tropical areas do not even own a
camera. When I handed over my camera to my native translator,
Luke Paina, it may have been the first time in his life that
he had ever held a camera. But those remote areas are where
many of the pterosaur sightings occur.
4) For those who do own a camera, how often do they have it in
hand during their daily routines? Not often.
5) For those who have a camera nearby, how long would it take
to grab the camera, remove it from the case, turn it on,
and point it at where the flying creature used to be flying?
6) What if pterosaurs are both nocturnal and rare? What if those
daylight sightings are extremely rare observations of uncommon
flying creatures that almost always fly only at night?
The list could go on; that is only the beginning of answers to why
there are not many good photographs of pterosaurs available.