This does not necessarily directly relate to the fiery flying serpent of the Old Testament, yet a potential correlation cannot be denied. The general subject is large flying creatures, in various areas of the planet, that may on occasion attack humans; the target point is how an attack is accomplished, since these animals are considered by me and my associates to be modern pterosaurs with wings that may be delicate in comparison with the bodies of other large predators. The answer is in a few reports that suggest a debilitating vapor or mist is ejected at the victim.
Let’s consider first what the substance may be and then consider the evidences for its use.
Is it a Vapor or a Mist?
I would say the substance ejaculated from the mouth or head of the pterosaur is a mist, described by one eyewitness as a “smoke.” This very well could be part of the origin of old legends of fire-breathing dragons. A vapor, by one scientific definition, is the gas form of a substance, which seems like a difficult thing for an animal to produce as an organized offensive or defensive weapon. (The young lady who described it as “smoke” had frightened a “devil bird,” in British Columbia, causing it to use it in defense.) I’ll call it a debilitating mist.
Modern pterosaur observed in eastern Cuba by the eyewitness Patty Carson
More than one species of cobra can spit their venom at the eyes of a person or threatening animal, and they have remarkable aim. Don’t get less than ten feet from one of these snakes unless you are wearing goggles. The venom ejaculated from the mouth of this kind of cobra is in liquid form, showing us an ingenious self-defense tactic.
Is the debilitating mist real?
I have seen very little direct evidence for this harmful mist that I believe is used by at least one species of ropen. So why do I give this idea so much credence? It’s from the two separate sources I found, both pointing to the same concept.
It was in 2005, to the best of my memory, when one of my associates visited me where I then lived, in Long Beach, California. I still respect his desire to be anonymous, but I can no longer remain silent on the information he gave me at that time, regarding the danger that at least one species of these flying creatures may pose to people.
He told me that he was planning publishing something on this, but to my knowledge he has not done so. For that reason, for the potential saving of human lives, I release this information. His research turned up old reports, in European or Mediterranean history as I recall, of a kind of flying creature that could produce a mist or vapor that was harmful to any person or animal that inhaled it. It was said to be especially dangerous to come upon this kind of animal in a confined place like a cellar, where it could be difficult to get a breath of safe air after the animal shot out the mist.
That would have made a limited impact on me, for it appeared like only one researcher had come to that conclusion, and for years afterwards I did not encounter any related first-hand account that appeared like it would confirm the concept. That changed when I was contacted by Gerald McIsaac of British Columbia, Canada. He had his own sources for information on attacks from large non-bird flying creatures in northern British Columbia, and one of the eyewitness accounts involved the “devil bird” and the “smoke” screen used in self defense.
To the best of my knowledge, the previous research, by my anonymous associate, was so obscure that I found it hard to believe that Mr. McIsaac could have learned about it, even if he knew where to look and what to look for. I believe these are two distinct sources of information from separate origins, from different parts of the world and different time periods. What did all of the sources (from two investigators) have in common? The animals involved were potential modern pterosaurs.
Fiery Flying Serpents
Did the fiery flying serpents of the Bible use a debilitating mist in their attacks on the children of Israel at the time of Moses? That is beyond my expertise to speculate. If anyone has additional research information on this, I’ll be interested.
Humans are not a common prey for any species of modern “pterodactyl,” but the apparent exceptions now deserve attention. . . . I am compiling data that seems to strongly suggest that some of the strange missing-person cases have no reasonable explanation except for one: A person can get carried away by a large flying creature.
How can any American explain the following case of a missing two-year-old who was found almost perfectly healthy? With no knowledge of these large flying creatures, this report could have baffled even a detective like Sherlock Holmes.
Please keep in mind that I have read nothing that even hints that Mr. Paulides has considered the possibility of large modern pterosaurs in regard to any disappearance of any missing person. I take full responsibility for the following model, and the evidences, so far, are circumstantial, for such attacks in the forty-eight contiguous states of the USA.
Some Bible scholars have assumed that a story of anything like a flying fire-breathing dragon could not have come from any real animal. Thus, to avoid a strange direct interpretation, we’ve been fed indirect meanings for “fiery” and “flying.”