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Komodo Island offers adventurers a look at the huge lizards

  • COURTESY C. RICHARD FASSLER

    An 8-foot long dragon, with tongue extended, rambled by in Komodo National Park on Komodo Island in Indonesia.

  • COURTESY C. RICHARD FASSLER

    Approaching Komodo Island, top, home of amazing dragons.

  • COURTESY C. RICHARD FASSLER

    Tour guide Hasan, left, prepared our group to search for dragons in Komodo National Park. His only weapon to ward off the treacherous dragons was a forked stick, not unlike a Komodo’s tongue.

  • COURTESY HONOLULU ZOO

    Doc, age 24, is the oldest of Honolulu Zoo’s three Komodo dragons.

  • COURTESY C. RICHARD FASSLER

    The author posed for a very quick shot with one of the dragons.

‘There’s one! On the beach!” I held tightly to my binoculars. I was on a cruise ship, which was slowly approaching a remote Indonesian island. Read more

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