SEAPHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST • WEEK 136 • SEA and ANIMALS.

An couple of weeks ago I was walking around Lennox Head beach which is about 20 km from my Byron Bay home town, even though this beach is really not that far from me I never really get a chance to visit this beautiful beach but that weekend a couple weeks ago, I just wanted to get away for a walk to to a different beach. While walking around amongst these cluster of rocks and while standing on a rock looking out to the ocean taking a photo of the cloud formation, I noticed and sensed from the corner of my eye something moving around from behind the rocks as I snapped the photo I turned around and saw, well what I saw scared the shit out of me at first, I thought it was a Crocodile coming for his breakfast but then made out it wasn't but still this what ever it was could still probably eat me like a Crocodile, I figured let me get on some higher rocks so I legged it onto some higher rocks in hope that it wouldn't be able to climb these higher rocks and I just stood there keeping eye contact with this long huge Lizard, evidently it looked a quite awesome looking Lizard with it's orange and black band stripes, never had I seen just a huge Lizard, this looked like something out of the prehistoric dinosaur movies.

As it got closer still walking towards me and me still in fear standing on this tall rock and still keeping eye contact with this reptile lizard, I noticed it had a huge fish in it's mouth this gave me a sign of relief this guy had just been fishing and had caught his breakfast so I figured he didn't need me for breakfast, it was then when he was getting closer to me, that he made a shape left turn with this big fish wobbling and flapping around in his mouth the fish was obviously on his last few breaths and was then that I pointed the camera at this huge lizard I had just witness and in a instant he had disappeared in what looked like his cave hide out which I wasn't going to go near.


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I have seen many lizards in our outbacks of Australia, but never one this size and on a beach although I was in fear it left me in awe. When I got home I tried to find this particular lizard on google but no luck to what I could determine and understand from google this was a species from the Monitor Lizards family which can grow up to 2 or 3 meters long they are good swimmers and fish hunters but are quite harmless to humans unless provoked they just go by there our business. This will be one experience that will stay with me forever almost eaten by a prehistoric reptile, one story that will be told to the Grandkids 😂

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#seaphotography by @marc-allaria

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