Fishermen Forced To Fend Off Deadly Komodo Dragons With Sticks
One of the most legendary mythical creatures ever conceived is the dragon. While depictions of dragons vary from culture to culture, generally speaking, they are fearsome fire-breathing creatures who humans fare very poorly against. And despite the fact many people believe dragons are only confined to fairy tales, they are very real and are walking this Earth.
Case in point: the Komodo dragon. Sure, it's not as terrifying as the Hungarian Horntail Harry Potter had to fight off during the Triwizard Tournament, but they aren't a creature you'd want to get on the wrong side of - after all, they've killed humans before. So when a group of Indonesian fishermen got a bit too close for comfort, the knew they were in big trouble.
The fishermen were in the waters just off Rinca Island in the Komodo National Park when two wild Komodo dragons tried to board their vessel, and American cameraman Andy Lerner just so happened to be on board to film the shocking incident.
To see the fishermen fend off the dragons with nothing other than sticks, check out the video below:
It's worth noting that not only are Komodo dragons incredible strong reptiles with serrated teeth like steak knives, but they also possess a potent venom within their saliva that could be fatal to humans.
Recounting the incident, Lerner said, "Being close to apex predators is always a thrill; whether it's big cats, white sharks or these dragons. It's something most people don't get a chance to do, so I love sharing it."
"I really like the prehistoric look that these animals have," he continued. "I think we have a visceral reaction to something that connects us to dinosaurs. They really did look and move the way we think dinosaurs did. Maybe it's the fear, but it also triggers a kind of wonder."
The cameraman then explained why these dragons were so keen to get onto the fishermen's boat:
"These particular dragons are used to being fed by tourist boats and are have been conditioned from that to check out the boats for a meal as they come in close.
"This, of course, is unfortunate and is not natural behavior for the dragons as I would always prefer, but to safely take these photos it was my best choice. They are surprisingly fast and erratic swimmers, especially when hungry."
Unfortunately, however, as carnivorous predators, the dragons pose a risk to humans (especially as they can grow up to three meters long and weigh up to three stone), although the majority of their diet consists of carrion killed by other animals.
"The dragons are of course very dangerous - the absolute best you can hope for if bitten by a dragon is to just lose a limb," Lerner said.