Komodo Island, Indonesia

Thursday 28th February 2013

Hey Ugly

Hey Ugly

The Komodo Dragon also known as the Komodo Monitor is a large species of lizard found in the Indonesian Islands especially Komodo Island. It is the largest species of lizard growing to a maximum length of three metres (ten foot) and can weigh up to one hundred and fifty kilograms (330 pounds)

Their unusual size has been attributed to island gigantism since no other carnivorous animals fill the niche on the islands where they live.

The diet of the big dragons mainly consist of deer although they also eat carrion. Young Komodo dragons are vulnerable so dwell in trees safe from predators and cannibalistic adults. Some Komodo dragons live up to thirty years.

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Fresh from his success at last night’s Open Mike event Vance thought we could still get up at 6am…I soon put him straight as I didn’t get to bed until twelve midnight and I still needed my seven plus hours sleep.

We went ashore on our tour at 10:30am and…we saw dragons…lots of dragons!! During our trek through the rainforest we were caught in a downpour and everyone was given brightly coloured ponchos to wear. We were offered a  choice of blue, green or red ( a real M&M moment)

Unfortunately the guide had just told one of the guests not to let his red anorak hang down around his legs (he had tied it around his waist) as the dragons might be attracted to the colour…needless to say no one wanted the red ponchos…we chose green!!

Luckily the rain didn’t last long as the ponchos were hot and claustrophobic so I quickly took mine off. I think I’d rather have got wet than put it on again.

On returning from the rainforest we went through a covered market where locals were selling wooden carved Komodo dragons and other local trinkets. Vance treated me to a string of freshwater pearls and I bought a small wooden dragon as a memento of this fascinating island.

We finally returned to the ship at 2:30pm after dodging more downpours and after washing and changing it was up to The Colonnade for cold Coronas and lunch.

Sail away was at 5pm but hardly anyone came up for drinks as I think most people were exhausted from the trek and the hot and humid weather.

At 7pm Seabourn threw a barbeque dinner in The Spa Villa for all Grand Voyager guests – people like us who are on for two segments or more but not for the whole world cruise.

We were really tired so instead of going to the show with our friends we had a drink on the back deck outside of The Club on deck five then it was off to bed…it was only 10:30pm…zzzzz

Techie bits: On the 28th of February 7:20am we were:
9° south and 119° east
Travelling on a compass course 318°
Speed = 13 knots
Wind speed = 23 knots from north
Air temperature = 28°c (82°f)
Total nautical miles sailed = 14522
Depth = 830 metres
Humidity 67%
Sunrise = 6:05am  Sunset = 6:22pm