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Taken 7-Jun-15

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Keywords:Gharial, San Diego Zoo
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Dimensions4985 x 3561
Original file size9.56 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken7-Jun-15 11:04
Date modified21-Oct-15 18:55
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS 7D Mark II
Focal length300 mm
Max lens aperturef/6.2
Exposure1/500 at f/6.3
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias-1/3 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Shutter priority
ISO speedISO 250
Metering modePattern
A Gharial...or Is It a Dragon?

A Gharial...or Is It a Dragon?

The gharial is part of the order of crocodylia and the family of gavialidae. They are the longest and one of the largest of all crocodilian species. Males have been known to reach 20-23 feet.

Certain parts of the body of a gharial make my imagination soar with thoughts of DRAGONS!
The strong tail is laterally flattened with an impressive crest that begins as two rows at the top, becoming one toward the tip, making them excellent swimmers. But in my mind I see them whipping that tail as they prepare to open wings and fly!
They also have a crest on the outer edge of the forearm, leg and foot - precisely the ornamentation I see on the dragon in my mind.
Their skin has a dramatic texture, with patterns of scutes over their body and even their feet. That look of armor is just what I would expect on a dragon.
One of their most prominent characteristics is the extremely long, narrow jaw, with rows of about 50 teeth. So I admit, this is not how I picture a dragon at all, but still an awesome smile, and intriguing for sure. Perhaps the perfect cover for a transformation that occurs in the magic hours under a cloak of darkness?