6 June 2012
Komodo national park, Rinca and Komodo islands.
Komodo national park is the only place in the world to see Komodo dragons in the wild. Wikipedia has a nice write-up about the species. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Komodo_dragon
Westerners didn't even know they existed until 1910.
The teeth, tail, and claws are all deadly. Even with the protections in place, a tourist or local gets attacked/killed occasionally.
What makes them so deadly (beyond the obvious) is the vicious bacteria in their mouths. All they have to do is bite a water buffalo then wait a few days for the infection to kill.
Thhhhhhhhese touristssss look very tathhhhhty
In case you survive the claws and teeth, the tale is a big powerful smashing machine.
If that's outside my house, I'm staying inside!
Tale a trois.
Buffalo soup for dinner. How convenient!
Canoe fisherman frying up his small catch for sale.
Dragons aren't the only interesting things here.
Some budget live aboards. Scary in bad water.