My love of the extremes of
nature brought me to Komodo National Park where the largest lizards
in the word, the Komodo Dragons, live. They can grow to 3 meters
in length (10 feet) and their bite packs a punch with a mouthful
of virulent, bacteria laden saliva.
While photographing them, I
crouched down about 2 meters away from a large male and got low
to the ground to take a photo . While I was standing up the dragon
paid no attention to me, but as soon as I got down low and appeared
like a small, moving object, it suddenly decided that I was on
the menu and charged straight for me. I was with a park ranger
at the time and the two of us used long poles to keep the lizard
away. There is no hospital close by so a bite would've been undesirable,
to say the least.
Later on, another incident
occurred where we had to quickly get off a trail when two large
males who were fighting, came charging down the path at full
speed. It 's surprising how fast they can run and we had no interest
in getting in their way. They are truly fascinating creatures
and it was a great privilege to spend time amongst them.