By KENDRA EVENSEN
It‚Äôs a bird! It‚Äôs a plane! No, it‚Äôs a pterodactyl?
Seeing a believed-to-be-extinct reptile flying over Boise may seem as unlikely as spotting Superman shooting through the sky, but at least some wonder if that‚Äôs what an individual may have captured on a YouTube video that‚Äôs gone viral.
‚ÄúAm I the only one who secretly wishes this was real?‚ÄĚ one person commented on the video.
Both The Inquisitr and Great Britain‚Äôs Daily Mail have written stories about the video that shows the pterodactyl-like creature flying through the sky, slowly flapping its wings and even dipping its head down at one point.
Dr. Leif Tapanila, a paleontologist and director of the Idaho Museum of Natural History, isn‚Äôt surprised that the film has captured attention.
‚ÄúEveryone loves monsters, and a giant flying reptile sure would be cool to see for real. ‚ÄėJurassic World‚Äô was a massive success because people are excited to imagine how we might interact with these amazing beasts,‚ÄĚ he said.
Still, he was far from convinced by the film.
‚ÄúThis video made me laugh out loud,‚ÄĚ he said.
Tapanila noted that it‚Äôs easy for anyone with basic skills and a computer to combine blurry images and make such a film.
‚ÄúThe Internet is full of outlandish videos,‚ÄĚ he stated.
Others who have watched the YouTube video believe the creature could be a drone or toy. There‚Äôs also a chance it could be some other kind of animal. For instance, the African shoebill is a large, prehistoric-looking bird with a slow wing flap. Of course, they aren‚Äôt typically found in Boise.
Tapanila doesn‚Äôt believe there‚Äôs any chance the creature in the film was a pterodactyl.
‚ÄúThe flying reptiles (pterosaurs) … disappeared over 65 million years ago, with zero evidence of them existing since that time,‚ÄĚ he said.
Although many seem to agree, not everyone does. The Inquisitr quoted one commenter named Kevin Thompson.
‚ÄúReferencing the Coelacanth and the Yeti Crab, he reminded people that extinct species are discovered all the time,‚ÄĚ The Inquisitr reported.
Still, Tapanila remains skeptical.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm a big fan of computer graphics and fantasy movies about monsters and dinosaurs,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúIf a video looks too good to be true, it is.‚ÄĚ
The video can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YreRe_vkTp4