Upon looking the scaly and monstrous Komodo Dragons in TV or encyclopaedia, one would instantly think of dinosaurs. And as they are declared as the last dragons on earth, once again one mind’s would wander into the possibilities of humanity saving the last dinosaur. Located far in the corner of the world and totally secluded from modern developments, people start imagine the Komodo island as the Lost World, an archipelago that just frozen in time. But what is Komodo, really? And what makes this island seems so mythical?
Dragons on Komodo Island: Not Daeneries Babies
People love to called this ancient giant reptile as dragon. Not that they are related to the mythical creature, albeit being just as majestic, but because of the description made by Alan Cobham, an English aviation pioneer, back in 1962. In his description the pilot were telling “Story of Dragons” where he saw “two on Komodo Island (which) resembled fabled monster slain by St. George”. The saint referred there was an English patron saint that was depicted killing a man-eating dragon. Cobham claimed that the Komodo he saw was similar to the dragon killed by St. George and were apparently “direct descendants of the prehistoric monsters of legend”.
So now you know why does the resident of Komodo Island were called dragons. Hyperbolic description and mythifying exotic animals might plays huge factor on this. However, now it’s clear that the dragons has nothing in common with the mythical winged lizard. And they are definitely not the babies of Game of Thrones’ Mother of Dragons, Deaneries Targaryen.
It’s As Dangerous As A Walk to Jurassic Park
Have you saw the Jurassic Park movies? What was started as scientific experiments and curious expedition ended in tragic disaster, much due to human’s carelessness. Similarly, walking to the Komodo national park, home of the dragon, is just as dangerous as an adventure to the Jurassic Park. It’s safe as long as you followed the protocols and get accompanied by the park ranger. Once you wander off by your own, you are bound to be a delicious snack for the dragons.
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Komodo Island: A Fantasy Meet Reality
The dragons is not the only thing that seems like fantasy in Komodo Island. This little archipelago in the tip of Indonesia is dominated with Jurassic-esque landscape; high volcanic island rising from bright azure sea, jagged islands covered with golden savannah grass, and absolutely empty lands from any kind of civilisation. The islands within Komodo National Park truly inspires the land-before-time kind of vibe.