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`SAIL INDONESIA RALLY – 2007’ … 16 of 24 … `Komodo Dragon’ Visit.

***   FIRST HALF OF RALLY … DARWIN, AUSTRALIA TO BALI, INDONESIA   ***

Komodo Island … (Lat: 08º 30 S … Long: 119º 42 E)

Komodo Island … a MUST for wild life lovers as it’s the home of the wild Komodo Dragons.

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*** `ARNIE’ THE KOMODO DRAGON … ON THE RIGHT! ***

What to expect for your first sighting of a Dragon? I hadn’t assigned an expectation to the Dragon … I’d seen a few big lizards in the Northwest of Australia … at least 1.2 metres in length … and they were pretty dramatic.

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*** THIS WAS `SARAH’ THE SOOK KOMODO DRAGON … NOT TO BE TRIFLED WITH JUST THE SAME! ***

… you’re allowed to berth your dinghy … and guarding the Island at this point … was a Komodo dragon as big as I wanted to see that day. It’s a female and the legend goes she can be very cranky toward those she takes a dislike to.

We crept past and at a vigilant, hurried walking pace; made the one kilometre walk to the Administration Office … and camp for the Guides.

Our Komodo dragon education started before we were even allotted a Guide … there was a massive male Dragon right there at the cookhouse (for the guides). The males are physically much bigger than the females and this sucker was a gigantic male … looking to be at least three-and-a-half (3.5) metres long. Apparently they come to the cookhouse each morning looking for scraps thrown out by the Cook the night before. And he was there … waiting!

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*** `ARNIE!’ ***

The first Dragon had a very healthy respect for him, as he cowered back when `Arnold’ hissed and spat at him. `Arnold’ found a fish head skeleton, crunched it down and then acted out a range of ‘photo poses for us, with great profiles and lashing pink tongue movements. He had done this many times before.

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*** THE TREKKING ROUTE AROUND A SMALL PART OF THE ISLAND. ***

We did however, have an amusing guide … he had a good grasp of English and a great sense of humour.

Half way through our walk he proposed marriage to Rina to join him away from the rat-race of sailing.

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*** OUR VERY HAPPY GUIDE! ***

Rina didn’t leave Tom!

 

 

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*** RINA SOON AFTER THE MARRIAGE PROPOSAL! ***

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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