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Dec 16, 2005

Another fond (maybe not the right word) memory from my past filming expeditions!

A prey's eye view of an attacking Komodo Dragon. This huge male chased our cameraman along a beach on Komodo Island. He had laced the hood of the camera lens with a chicken carcass, so I guess it was his own fault. Camera was dropped in the sand while the crew ran like hell. The dragon then proceeded to leisurely fit the entire lens of the camera into its mouth. Irresponsible? On hindsight, perhaps - although the ranger had assured us that the dragon had just fed a couple of days before (dragons only feed once every week), and so would be sleeping off the meal - or else we would never have tried this, believe me. The ranger later assured us that the dragon was merely being curious... was never quite convinced by that.

Both cameraman, camera and dragon were unharmed during the making of this film. Although cameraman still has nightmares, and knows not try any funny business with raw meat around predators in the future - although an Asiatic Lion did mistake him for a buffalo once - but that's another story.

(WARNING: Please do not try this at home kids)
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Posted: Friday December 16, 2005, 10:17 am
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James Doherty III (15)
Friday December 16, 2005, 7:32 pm
well that is one heck of a close up. komodo dragons are awesome. is there any place to go to see that film or the pics?

Charith P. (165)
Friday December 16, 2005, 9:24 pm
The footage was used in a 3-part documentary for Nat Geo Asia called 'Indonesia: Beyond the Reefs' - was produced about 3 years ago. I've got more photos somewhere - will try to dig them up

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