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 (917)

Jack Clarke on November 14

Don't know how I missed this,Bassam. Terrific capture and fascinating information. YSL. Regards. Jack.

bassam jayousi on November 14

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


Best wishes, Bassam

GyurIca on November 18

Wanderers of the Desert. Excellent photo/


Best regards,


pcwong alice on December 8

Beautiful view in desert, nice composition, LIKE, Greetings, pcwong alice

bassam jayousi on December 9

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


Greetings, Bassam

Mone de Castro on February 16

Bela, muito bela.

Like + Foto favorita



Nelson Castrillon Ri… on February 20

Nice composition. LIKE + FAV

Algueró on February 25

Una foto maravillosa, amigo Bassam, me encanta (L+F). Cordiales saludos desde España, Algueró

crvzr on March 2

Vraiment un magnifique cliché, L

Lloret on March 3

Nice scene, wonderful view, LIKE, best wishes

Piotr Zdrowicki on March 5

Wspaniałe zdjęcie !!!

Bardzo ciekawa kompozycja obrazu, zabawa promykiem światła i czernią ?!

Skojarzenie z wycinanką

Pozdrawiam Piotr

Hélder Neves on March 8

So cute! I love it!


Friendly greetings.


Gunda Wolfgang on March 16

Like 2012/02/03 17:18:06

Fernand Metzger on March 22

very well done Bassam!

Claude THéVENAZ on March 27

Thanks a lot Bassam for this great shoot and especially for your comments Claude

rodema on March 27

Very beautiful shot, well done!! YSL!! My best regards, Rodema.

Valentin Lebrat 6 days ago

Oh, very nice picture !

Like and greetings from France, Val

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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