Ship of the Desert. ....{by Bassam}

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The camel is a unique beast; some feel it is beautiful, while others, perhaps more lucidly, see it as being rather less kissable! There are many interesting facts about camels, here is a list of some of the most interesting!:

  1. The name comes from the Arabic ǧamal meaning "beauty".

  2. A camel's hump does not store water. It stores fat, lessening heat-trapping insulation around the rest of the body.

  3. One reason camels can go long periods without water is the shape of their red blood cells. These are oval and so will flow when they are dehydrated rather than clumping, as ours do. The camel is the only mammal to have oval red blood cells.

  4. Camels can drink up to 40 gallons of water in one go.

  5. Their temperature ranges from 34 degrees Celsius at night to 41 degrees during the day. They don't begin to sweat until they are over 41 degrees

  6. Camels lie down to rest and sleep (and good luck getting them up if they decide they don't want to).

  7. Camels lips are split to help them graze.

  8. They can eat anything, including thorny twigs, without injuring their mouths.

  9. Camels can kick in all four directions with each of their legs.

  10. Camels can close their nostrils against wind and sand when necessary.

  11. The shape of their nostrils allows them to retain water vapor and return it to the body as fluid.

  12. They can lose 25% of their body fluids without getting dehydrated. Most mammals can only lose 15%.

  13. Camels are ruminants like cows and goats.

  14. Eating green plants gives them the moisture they need without drinking.

  15. Their coats reflect sunlight and insulate them from the desert heat.

  16. One of the camel's defenses is 'spitting' – where they essentially throw up a foul smelling greenish fluid from their stomach all over you if provoked. For those who have experienced it, it seems never ending and is never forgotten.

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Comments (937)

Begoña CL on April 29, 2014

It's wonderful!!


Best wishes,


Bassam Jayousi on April 30, 2014

Dear Panoramio Friends, thank you very much for visit, kind words and for the Like &/ Ys.


Best wishes, Bassam

Abhijit Chatterjee on May 2, 2014


Tiberius Gallus Phot… on May 4, 2014

Dear Basssam, thank you for the description, as well. It's very interesting! Have a nice day! Tiberius

Michael Bilodeau on May 19, 2014

Beautiful silhouette, there's always been something likable about camels anyway, F-391 Michael :)

Eduardo Ortin on August 5, 2014

Preciosa fotografía...con esas siluetas. Like. Saludos de Eduardo.

Oigres Angab NO VIEW… on August 11, 2014

Super!! Like

malikengur on August 12, 2014

Great photo. LIKE. Greetings malikengur

Klaus Richter on August 12, 2014

Excellent composed photo!
❤ FAV 392
Best wishes from Cologne, Klaus

Spaniel 33 on August 12, 2014

Very nice picture! YSL! Greetings, Spaniel.

MicoRS on August 13, 2014

Ein überwältigender Anblick!

Gruß, Mico

Bassam Jayousi on August 14, 2014

Dear Panoramio Friends, thank you very much for visit, kind words and for the Like &/ Fav.

Best wishes, Bassam

Andrey Pohilko on September 5, 2014

Nice shot and great story! Thank you! Like

Piero Genova on September 24, 2014


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Warner Athey on February 1

Wonderful photo.

Sirka on February 12

Fine scene!L911

Bassam Jayousi on February 12

Dear Panoramio Friends, thank you very much for visit, kind words and for the Like &/ Fav.

Best wishes, Bassam

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on February 4, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Bassam Jayousi
    • Camera: SONY DSC-T70
    • Taken on 2012/02/03 17:18:06
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 19.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/7.100
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash