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Old 09-24-04, 11:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Talking Pics from my trip to Komodo

Well I just got back from Komodo on the weekend. Was there with Ravi and Shaggy helping out San Diego Zoo with their research. Some pics for you guys. Hope you like them


Weighing a dragon


Sunset on Gili Motang Island


My home on Gili Motang. Tent on the beach.


View from the tent.


The team.


Star trail on Gili Motang


Here I am inserting a PIT tag so we can electronically identify the dragon.


A little dragon we caught



A bigger dragon


8ft dragon in one of our traps


I wanna hold your hand! 6ft dragon









Carrying 1/3 of the trap to its location on a dried up river bed on Komodo Island. This is week 2 and Im tanned like anything now.





Eye of a 8ft dragon. Check out the reflection of my camera in its eye.


Komodo Nest


Measuring the 8 footer


Dragon claws


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Old 09-25-04, 12:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Awesome man! You definitely lead a life to be envied!
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WOW "/$?!/$%!/%!/$%! !!!! Now those are amazing pics!!!! The pic you took from the 8 footer is amazing! How did you manage to take such a front pic?!?! And how did you manage to get on such an expedition with the San Diego Zoo????

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NICE! Great pics!~ Looks like you had a very fun time. How many did you capture? It looks like a lot, i expected them to be incredibly hard to find let alone catch. Good stuff. Take care.

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Dude that eye one is the best!! I love it. Your so lucky do be able to do those things, I envy you man.
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Awesome! you guys had fun..

With a bit of cash i'd be out there with you too man lol

I envy you guys .. . show me the pics next time u are at the zoo

Take care baz... See you shaggy when you get back...
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Old 09-25-04, 05:20 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Baz that is so cool. How is your are always going on these adventures? I thought you had a regular joe job job? I must have been wrong. So let's hear it, shoot us a little Baz herp resumee.lol
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Oh the pic of the 8 ft komodo was taken by placing the lens of the digital camera in a hole at the front of the trap.

I think we caught around 15 to 20 dragons while we were there but a lot of them were recaptures. We caught the 8 footer in the same trap twice.

The dragons were not that hard to find. Some of them hang out near the ranger stations. I literally bumped into at least 3 while we were walking to check the traps. Saw one basking on the rocks near the sea on Gili Motang. Saw a huge one which was 9 or 10 feet up on the bank of the dry river and he ran when he saw us coming and hid in this big hole. We tried to lure him out with bait but no luck... he just wouldnt come out.

I guess I managed to hook up with San Diego on this expedition by having the right contacts. Trevor, Im always going on these adventures coz its what I love doing. I do have a regular Joe graphic design job but I do work at a reptile zoo on the side and my passion is in working with reptiles and educating the public (aswell as myself) on these amazing animals. I think my next trip is going to be to go back to India and work with the Crocodile Bank again. Ill have to wait a couple of years for that though.
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I think everyone here would love to go on trips like you lol its just most of us dont have contacts, time, or money. Nice pics although I can only see a few because most dont work for me

How long did you stay?

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unbelievable, thats amazing!
looks like a great time!
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Hey Hooter, right click on the red x where the pic doesnt show up and click on "Show picture". That should work coz I get the same thing too. We were on the islands for about 2 weeks and there was a week of travel time (spent a few days in Flores, Bali, Singapore and Taiwan). Bali was amazing. Been to Singapore before and always loved that place.
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Amazing pics! What an experience that must have been.

Did you keep a journal while you were there?
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Im no good with journals. I tried doing that while working with crocs in India but after the first page I just said "sod it" and didnt bother.
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LOL! Me too... but I was hoping you would have so you could post some stories!
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wow, those are some awesome pics. Sounds like you had a wicked trip. *insert a pic of me looking in envy here*
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