26 October 2013 | Komodo Island, Indonesia
Lubuan Bajo & the Komodo Dragons –
I flew back into Labuan Bajo with festivities in full swing for the rally. The President of Indonesia was to appear for Sail Komodo. He did – and security was very tight. There were traditional dances, festivities, free tours and a parade of military boats, followed by all the sailing yachts for the President and all it’s dignitaries.
One of the tours was to see the Komodo Dragons. These lizards are only found in two islands in Indonesia. Nowhere else in the world, are they found. Rumors have it that the original Chinese dragons came from the Komodo. These dragons has so many different kinds of bacteria in their salvia that whatever they bite, it kills they prey within days. A water buffalo can take up to 2 weeks to die. Their bodies are massive, powerful 5-clawed toes, thick tails and incredibly strong jaws. They have a keen sense of smell and devour the entire animal - bones and all except horns. They are one of the few mammals in the animal kingdom that will eat their young after an incubation period of 9 months. They are ugly but fascinating. Several have bitten the rangers. For humans, there is antibiotics but the physiological ramifications are much more dangerous. Unfortunately, my friend Jeannie from South Africa fell as we were hiking down a hill and broke her ankle. They ended up carrying her out on a stretcher. We all felt so bad for her – especially because this would affect the rest of the sailing season for them while she was in a cast, then a boot.
The pictures are on the right of the dragons. We hope you enjoy them –
Colleen & Tom