The Calls of the Wild
The dangers of land and water on Komodo Island, Indonesia
How to Avoid the Komodo Dragon
Komodo Island is named for the Komodo dragon, a very large lizard, which inhabits the island. Komodo dragons have shark-like teeth and poisonous venom that can kill a person within hours of a bite. The following steps can be taken to avoid an altercation with the Komodo Dragon.
- Always travel with a knowledgable tour guide.
- Carry a weapon at all times, like a sizable knife or dagger.
- Komodo dragons don't see well at night, so travel is safer after dark.
- Komodo dragons are excellent swimmers, so don't seek water to escape.
- Komodo dragons are very fast movers, so don't attempt to run to escape.
- If attacked by a Komodo Dragon, punch it in the snout or stab the animal until it releases you.
- If bitten, get medical attention right away. The bite of a Komodo Dragon is poisonous, and can kill humans quickly.
How to Avoid the Great White Shark
The Great White Shark lives near the shore. It is capable of short bursts of speed while in pursuit of prey. It can breach (launch itself clear out of the water) if necessary. The following steps can be taken to avoid an altercation with the Great White Shark.
- Remain in water that is less than 10 feet deep
- Never swim alone
- Carry protection, such as a harpoon
- Don't enter water of any kind when bleeding