Caution: Komodo dragon

May 15, 2017

Komodo-dragonI had no idea what a Komodo dragon was until I read a story way back in 2001 about the then-husband of actress Sharon Stone getting attacked by one. Who knew? A 10 foot one. It severely damaged his foot, too. Apparently those critters are aggressive. That one was at the L.A. Zoo. Of course, one must wonder how a smart journalist like her husband found himself attacked at the Zoo. I guess it’s true what Paul Simon wrote: It’s all happening at the zoo.

Oh. You don’t know who he is because you are too young? Paul Simon. Songwriter. Poet. Performer with Simon and Garfunkel. Short guy once married to the late Carrie Fisher.

But I digress. Back to the Komodo dragon. 10 feet long. Which is big. And ugly. And aggressive.

Enter my friend Tam, an adventuress extraordinaire. She travels all over the world diving and blogging about it. But it was this story that sent chills down my spine because it reminded me of that attack.

Why I Didn’t Get Eaten by a Komodo Dragon

19 comments on “Caution: Komodo dragon
  1. hillsmom says:

    Good Grief! What a tale. Thanks for the pictures because I’m never going there. I don’t scuba dive anymore, anyway. Snorkeling is more fun…but not with crocodiles. Wow!
    BTW, there was an interesting find of a huge prehistoric fossil of some sort of crocodile. I think it was in a mine in Canada. It was unusual in that it was a perfectly preserved fossil
    of the head and torso…not crushed or scavenged before becoming fossilized. =^..^=

  2. Robin rue says:

    I saw one somewhere, I think it was the San Diego zoo, They ARE ugly!

  3. Wow, that is quite the tale!I’m so happy to live where I live, we only have bear and coyotes to worry about. I would hate to have to worry about getting attacked by a komodo dragon too!

  4. I didn’t even know what they were until I saw a special on them a couple of years ago. When someone said they were dragons, I was thinking of flying, fire-breathing monsters like you see in the movies. I had no idea they were just lizards.

  5. Tara Pittman says:

    That must have been terrifying for her. That is a place that I would not visit as they are scarry creatures.

  6. blair villanueva says:

    They are dangerous especially when they felt that they are being threaten. I think the komodo dragons are getting into extinction.

  7. kelly reci says:

    waa.. that looks so dangerous! i dont think that i will like it seeing this creatures in person! i hope not!

  8. Elizabeth O. says:

    It’s a scary experience and one that you can’t easily forget. I’m glad she wasn’t attacked and was safe behind the guide! That trek is tiring!

  9. Czjai says:

    Whoa, these Komodo dragons are pretty scare even in pictures. I sure don’t want to encounter one at random!

  10. Marcie W. says:

    Wow, that is an intense story to say the least. While they look scary, I had no idea Komodo dragons were actually dangerous! Thankfully, I have no problem staying far away!

  11. Courtneylynne says:

    Omg is it bad that I had no idea that these were even still around lol…. they sure are crazy looking lol

  12. Rebecca M. says:

    I would never want to meet a Komodo dragon up close and personal! Wow!! What an experience for her that you have shared here.

  13. Echo says:

    Oh man, what a story! I know about komodo dragons, but only because I am an animal enthusiast!

  14. Jennifer says:

    I know if I saw a Komodo Dragon in person, I’d run away as fast as I can! I’d be so scared! What a story!

  15. bel says:

    I haven’t done either of scuba diving or snorkelling but I want to do both. This makes it a little scary though.

  16. Ave says:

    I once saw a documentary about Komodo dragons and I was impressed. They are amazing creatures. I would love to visit Rinca Island in the future!

  17. Dana says:

    As a major reptile geek, Im embarrassed to admit that I never even knew this kind of creature existed! Are they only found in Indonesia? And your story is fascinating, Im not sure I would have had the courage to stay still while they approach me like you did….knowing myself I’d probably instinctively run away (even though like you mentioned, that would have just made the dragon chase me)….amazing!

  18. Jessica says:

    I have heard of these before, but never that they were this aggressive. It’s the first time I’m hearing of this incident too. It’s kind of crazy to me that attacks like that happen in zoos.

  19. wendy says:

    I have seen them in the zoo’s or on the television. Like most wildlife, you have to respect them and their space.

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