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We made a big six day boattrip by PeramaTours from Bali to Lombok west, by bus to east Lombok and from there by boat to Sumbawa, Satonda, Donggo, Moyo, Komodo, Rinca, Flores. Real nice passengers group, loads of fun and great group of sailor/boatsmen. Filmed (most) in 25P with new Sony HDR-FX1000 + Formatt 4x4 Polarizer in Vocas MatteBox. Underwater with Sanyo Xacti HD1010 in Epoque underwaterhousing + Wide angle. Music specially composed by Vimian Herman Steyn (Johannesburg)
We sure were lucky regarding this latest news!
BREAKING NEWS by CNN:
An Indonesian fisherman has been killed by Komodo dragons March 24 2009 (just a week after our visit). He was attacked while trespassing in search of fruit, officials said. Muhamad Anwar, 32, bled to death on his way to hospital after being mauled by the reptiles at Loh Sriaya, in eastern Indonesia's Komodo National Park, the park's general manager Fransiskus Harum told CNN. "The fisherman was inside the park when he went looking for sugar-apples. Other fisherman took Anwar to a clinic on nearby Flores Island, east of Bali, but he was declared dead on arrival, he added. Komodo dragons, the world's heaviest lizards, can grow up to 3 meters (10 feet) in length and have a toxic bite that they use to kill prey such as buffalo, returning to feast when the animal succumbs to the poison.
Despite their ungainly appearance, the carnivorous reptiles can run as fast as a dog in short bursts, jump up on their hind legs, and kill animals with a blow of their powerful tails.
Attacks on humans are rare, but this incident is the latest in a series in which the monster lizards -- which have forked tongues and fearsome claws --have killed or injured people.
Last month a park ranger survived after a Komodo dragon climbed the ladder into his hut and savaged his hand and foot. In 2007 an eight-year-old boy died after being mauled.
Conservationists have run into criticism by some local villagers who accuse environmentalists of protecting Komodo dragons at the expense of human safety!