Book review: American Alligator

Given that its brain weighs about 14 grams, the American alligator has done well. Starting out as “shieldcroc” – the last common ancestor of the modern alligator, caiman, crocodile and gharial – it has evolved into the keystone of the southern swamps, according to naturalist Kelby Ouchley. Read at the South China Morning Post..

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Most dangerous reptiles in the world

If you’re off adventuring around the world, these are reptiles and monster lizards you most definitely do not want to run into.

The creatures on this list are as close to modern-day dinosaurs as it gets. These dangerous reptiles pose a threat to all species of prey, humans and wildlife alike. Read at the Adrenalist..

 

 


Best wild swimming holes

For swimmers who appreciate nature, finding the best lake, river or coastal stretch is what life is all about. There are amazing wild swimming holes all over the world, tucked away, off the beaten path or past a lush jungle.


World’s craziest whirlpools

No matter how many insane rapids you’ve kayaked or massive swells you’ve surfed, there’s one watery obstacle you may not want to mess with: the whirlpool. To us, the very word conjures up images of mythical adventurers being sucked into a black, hole-like void. Though today’s most violent natural whirlpools, also known as maelstroms, may not actually be able to take down ships, they could pose a lot of danger to unaware swimmers or smaller boats.

Here are three of the world’s craziest natural whirlpools. Read at the Adrenalist..


Insider guide to Puerto Princesa’s Subterranean River

If the Philippines strike you as remote, here’s a reason to go there instead of Thailand or Laos: Puerto Princesa Subterranean River [www.puerto-undergroundriver.com]. A beguiling shade of aquamarine, the river is the main draw at the national park named after Palawan province’s capital, Puerto Princesa City, which lies 600 kilometres southwest of Manila.

Read more at Agoda.


Insider guide to Indonesia: Sumatran rhinos

Nobody could describe the Sumatran rhino as ‘a looker’. In fact, the stocky, stumpy monster mammal with reddish-brown skin is spectacularly ugly. One Sumatran rhino hallmark – shaggy hair sprouting from its ears – raises the specter of an ageing human male in need of ‘manscaping’.

Unfortunately, unless we wise up, the Sumatran Rhino could be doomed to go the way of the recently discovered Tibetan woolly rhino species [http://articles.latimes.com/2011/sep/02/science/la-sci-woolly-rhino-20110903]. Only some 270 Sumatran rhinos survive – speckling Indonesia, Malaysia, Burma, Thailand and Vietnam. Read more at Agoda


Bali: paradise within paradise – Bedugul gardens

Strawberry fields, cocoa plantations, honeyeaters – Bali’s mountainous Bedugul has it all.

Read more at the Star