“Rajan” – Andaman Islands – Jody MacDonald – Featured Photographer
My first thought of the Andaman Islands was always giant tortoises like those of the Galapagos Islands. Now I will associate them with underwater elephants. As Jody describes below, it is a very cruel reason why this big guy was taught to swim, but I still find the image captivating and fascinating as well. Since visiting her website I will also associate Jody MacDonald with being world class explorer and adventure photographer. She is living the life that many of us dream about living. Check out her website and follow her on Facebook for her latest adventure.
Rajan is one of the few salt water swimming elephants on Earth. Initially trained using very cruel methods to log the islands of the Andamans, he was forced to swim with massive loads. At 60 years he is the last of the group to survive. Now retired, he spends his time with his caretaker and now enjoys swimming and walking through the forests he once logged. He is truly the last of his kind.
Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Focal Length 20mm
Shutter Speed 1/250 sec
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