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Asmat Art - part 6

Posted by
Stephen (Canberra, Australia) on 8 June 2012 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

The big croc you see here is a real mounted crocodile. It measures over 18 feet. In its mouth, you can see offerings made by villagers.

One of our tour party, George (who is like a genuine "Crocodile Dundee") was interested in the size of this beauty. He took out a tape measure and ran it over the display - much to the puzzlement of our guides!

The Guinness Book of Records lists George as keeping the world's largest (living) crocodile. It is an 18 foot, 100 year-old Croc called Cassius!

More than a tourist stop over, the Museum will help Asmat youth to preserve their identity. My thanks go to the staff there for allowing me to take the photos.

This shot concludes my tour of the Asmat region of Papua. Hope you enjoyed the trip around the boardwalks of Syuru and Agats.

On my holiday cruise, our next trip onshore was on the edge of the Banda Sea in the Tanimbar Islands. All this and more in future series!

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Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

That could already be called wide smile.

8 Jun 2012 5:17am

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

the jaws - excellent composition

8 Jun 2012 5:52am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

bel accueil ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

8 Jun 2012 7:28am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Really impressive this crocodile, his teeth are huge, thank you for this magnificent series. Good day.

8 Jun 2012 8:13am

@Tede: Merci, Tede. Glad you enjoyed the series!

Thierry Pouleur from anseremme, Belgium

impressionnant ce crocodile

8 Jun 2012 8:46am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Oh man, can you imagine how much straw and other stuff the taxidermist used??

8 Jun 2012 9:00am

Leigh from Northallerton, United Kingdom

Wow great shot

8 Jun 2012 9:16am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Would this be a salt water one? Nice series

8 Jun 2012 9:21am

@grouser: Thanks, grouser. Yes - the salty - big and mean in northern Australia as well. They live in estuaries and rivers - both fresh and salt water.

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Just noticed the wooden version on the other side. Great stuff :)

8 Jun 2012 9:22am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel crocodiel avec ces belles dents sueprbe compo e tiamge.
Belle journée

8 Jun 2012 9:24am

amir from mashhad, Iran

oh!!nice alligator

8 Jun 2012 9:29am

Sam from Chennai, India

Great capture of this crocodile. Very impressive. His teeth are huge. And great details of the museum.
Wonderful series, Stephen. Love it. :)

8 Jun 2012 9:34am

@Sam: Thank you, Sam. Glad you enjoyed the series!

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Beautiful collection. I'a afraid by this crocodile

8 Jun 2012 10:44am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Holy *&%#$, it's freakin' huge! What an amazing specimen . . . I can't imagine seeing him when he was living. Great series of the Asmat region, Stephen!

8 Jun 2012 11:09am

@Jason Politte: Thanks, Jason. It was good to have you along for the tour!

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

Superb image -an incredible beast

8 Jun 2012 11:24am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

What a shot, and what a croc! George's beast is amazing, and so was this tour. Well done, Stephen, and thank you!

8 Jun 2012 11:38am

@Rick: Thanks for jumping onboard for the tour, Rick!

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

Super frame .

8 Jun 2012 11:51am

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

A great finale of a beautiful and interesting series Stephen !

8 Jun 2012 12:00pm

@Thea: Thanks, Thea. Glad you enjoyed it!

tataray from france, France

Oupssssssss..... le crocodile, pas pour moi !... :))

8 Jun 2012 12:20pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Good Lord... Look at those teeth !!! Very impressive... Great capture ! Have a lovely day :)

8 Jun 2012 12:36pm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

That's a huge croc!

8 Jun 2012 12:47pm

arvin from sari, Iran

Very beautiful
So spectacular

8 Jun 2012 1:02pm

Martine from bousval, Belgium

Oupsssssssssss impressionnant cette bestiole!!!!! bien vu bien prit!! bisousssssssss

8 Jun 2012 1:35pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

An impressive looking beast Stephen! Glad I didn't meet him while he was alive! ;-)

8 Jun 2012 1:55pm

Z from Shanghai, China

Oh what a collection !! Great composition from the low angle !

8 Jun 2012 2:02pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

You've left me impressed ... beautiful image and shocking ... Thanks for all these days of extensive and very interesting information... Best regards, Adela

8 Jun 2012 2:48pm

@Adela Fonts: Thanks for joining the tour, Adela - glad you enjoyed it!

Irene from San Francisco, United States

I enjoyed you're series very much ! I'm very impressed how long this croc is.

8 Jun 2012 3:11pm

@Irene: Thank you, Irene! Glad you enjoyed the series.

Mhelene from Paris, France

Wow ..Impressiv !

8 Jun 2012 3:42pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

WHOA! That is some scary thought thinking of people this guy had eaten! Quite an impressive display you captured here. As always great detail from the angle of your shot.

8 Jun 2012 4:57pm

Sterre from Utrecht, Netherlands

A great closing the photo of the crocodile.

8 Jun 2012 5:06pm

@Sterre: Thank you, Sterre!

London Caller from United Kingdom

That's a huge croc. S!
Should place someone in this shot so we can get a sense of scale.

8 Jun 2012 5:13pm

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

A huge beast, and a really terrific series Stephen

8 Jun 2012 5:21pm

@Doug: Many thanks, Doug! Glad you enjoyed it.

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Oh wow! A great PoV captured here as the alligator seems to be charging forward. Great displays that surround you as well.

8 Jun 2012 5:24pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Wow, that beast was huge! I'm sure he terrorized people in the area.

8 Jun 2012 5:43pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Fantastic photo ... and frame !!!

8 Jun 2012 6:36pm

franz from Baden, Austria

wow, this is amazing and frightening at the same time! glad they finally caught him!
love the way you managed to fit it into the frame ...

8 Jun 2012 6:57pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fabulous capture

8 Jun 2012 8:39pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

Beautiful, and your guide and tourists have really disappeared fast from this photo, and
I am glad you made it out alive, looks too hungry after 100 years to trust ! I love this
place, like a museum should be for any country, with a relevant and beautiful background!~

8 Jun 2012 10:22pm

Jip (Raven) from Hengelo, Netherlands

The angle is giving the photo an extra touch. It is a nice dramatic scene. Well done!

8 Jun 2012 10:58pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Wow! That is some croc! This is another wonderful view of these amazing sculptures. Great POV!

8 Jun 2012 11:40pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Not so sure I like this crocodile- he looks scary.

9 Jun 2012 7:24am

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

Imagine the terror if this monster was after you...:0 It's been a really interesting series Stephen.

9 Jun 2012 6:30pm

@Michael Fresh: Thanks, Michael - good to have you along for the series!

maximage from Mase, Switzerland

Great capture of this crocodile, very impressive !

9 Jun 2012 9:22pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

I could stay long in a store like this poking around !!! Very interesting story and link about Cassius ... Beautiful photo !!

10 Jun 2012 12:27am

Lewis from Ljouwert, Netherlands

Beautiful arrangement again!

10 Jun 2012 5:52am

JMS* from CHONBURI, Thailand

De quoi contenter tous les touristes de passage.

10 Jun 2012 7:49am

fereshteh. from Iran

Fantastic photo..

10 Jun 2012 8:21am

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

it was really a great National Geographic series, very informative ending with such a huge monster which I'm so scared of !!

10 Jun 2012 12:13pm

@Othersideblue: Thank you - I am glad you enjoyed the series - and the scary ending!

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Wonderful details of this huge croc! Excellent series!
I also enjoyed the article you wrote, in the theme section, about your visit to Asmat.
Well done Stephen!

11 Jun 2012 12:14pm

@Don Levesque: Thanks, Don - great to have you on the tour and I'm glad you enjoyed my theme piece as well!

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Just dropping back in to say it is so great that this most recent expedition has been given its own theme on Aminus! Well done, Stephen.

11 Jun 2012 2:49pm

@Rick: Thanks again, Rick!

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