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|Type||Flying cryptid, living dinosaur|
|Country||Papua New Guinea|
|Possible Population||Low to medium|
Kor is a flying cryptid from Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. It is described as a creature similar to Ropen, which lives in Umboi Island, some 410 km South of Manus Island.
Descriptions strongly suggest that they are at least similar to the ropen of Umboi Island, perhaps the same species: They can glow (bioluminescence ability) with various colors, a long tail, “skin all over it,” and a few creatures growing to a large size.
The kor catch fish “by skimming slowly around on the ocean surface, then as the light under their wings and belly glowed bright and attracted fish, the kor would swoop in” and “they eat in flight.”
Report of kor came from a Papuan named R.K. R.K reported that the kor were common and very dangerous to human, at least until early 1940s. When the Japanese came to Papua, they are attacked by these creature. The soldiers then shot and wounding them, then followed them to caves and blew up the entrances. To make sure the creatures were dead, the soldiers called their ships to fire to the hill in where the cave is and pounded them for several hours. This account was learned by R.K. from the elders of Manus Island.
The last recorded kor attack on human was from early 1960s. A kor attacked a fisherman, destroyed his canoe and forcing him to fight back using traditional fishing spear. The animal's tail and jaws took a heavy toll as it followed him to shore where a sea cave runs into a crevice. Badly wounded, he wedged the spear into a crevice and took the animal through the mouth with the spear, killing it. The fisherman crawled out and was found by villagers. He died three days later.
In 2010, R.K reported that there are lights swooping over fish shoals between Rambutyo and lou Baluan islands. Two years prior on a boating trip he could see the lights soaring over him and heard flapping of wings The creature did dive into the sea and then erupt out of it.
- The kor might be a relic pterosaur similar to Ropen and Solomon Islands Dragon Snake, due to it's similar description of bioluminescence, leathery wings, long tail, large size, and aggresiveness to humans. The behavior of fishing/diving to the sea with lights (to attract fish) and then surface again is similar between the three.
- Another theory that they are dragon-like cryptid. Although the Dragon Snake of Solomon Islands is able to breath fire, this cryptid isn't.
- They may be another giant flying primate like Ahool or Orang Bati.
- The creatures in 2008 movie "Warbirds" might be inspired by this cryptid.