Camels at home! - Sharjah 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 (508)

Bassam Jayousi on June 7, 2012

Justine, thank you!

Wish you all the best, Bassam

Bassam Jayousi on June 7, 2012

Raul, thank you very much for visit, kind words and for the Like404+Fav162.

Wish you all the best, Bassam

Sarah-tlm on June 21, 2012

wow i love desert

cusocom on August 14, 2012

WOW!
beautiful, 1 like.
Like 414 + Favorite170

Bassam Jayousi on August 14, 2012

Sarah, thank you very much for visit, kind words and for the Like+Fav.

Wish you all the best, Bassam

Bassam Jayousi on August 14, 2012

cusocom, thank you very much for visit, kind words and for the Like+Fav.

You are very kind!

Wish you all the best, Bassam

Brigitte Uras on August 28, 2012

jolie photo -like brigitte

Natmara on August 30, 2012

Bonjour Bassam. J'aime beaucoup votre superbe image. Like and favorite

Bassam Jayousi on August 30, 2012

Brigitte, thank you very much for visit, kind words and for the Like.

Best wishes from Dubai, Bassam


Bassam Jayousi on August 30, 2012

Natmara, thank you very much for visit, kind words and for the Like+Fav.

Best wishes from Dubai, Bassam


Eloiz on September 12, 2012

You prepared very beautiful pictures from the desert! Congratulations!

Greetings, Erika

Bartolome Muñoz on September 17, 2012

Like precioso paisaje, detalle y bella foto. ¡Felicidades!

Norbert “bergfreund2… on December 19, 2012

Wunderbares Foto.

      !Like441+Fav192!

Grüße aus Österreich, Norbert

Bassam Jayousi on December 19, 2012

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

Greetings, Bassam


Reiner Vogeley on January 22, 2013

Spectacular view and beautiful photo! ♡ & ★

With a best wishes, Reiner

Farhat Hussain Shah on June 3, 2013

Great shot! I like it! best wishes to you dear Bassam!

brian01 on August 22, 2013

The reddish-brown contrasts beautifully aginst the light-blue sky. Incredible clarity. I feel I can almost count the grains of sand! Y*. (Read your facts about the camel with great interest. I've also heard that they are wonderfully adapted to walking on sand; have an 'ungainly' gait that is very disconcerting to people who have never ridden a camel before).

Best wishes, Brian.

Klaus Richter on September 23, 2013

A beautiful place and excellent photo!
♥FAV 198 + LIKE 455
Best wishes from Cologne, Klaus

Bassam Jayousi on September 23, 2013

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

Greetings, Bassam


Maurice Haddad on September 23, 2013

Beautiful and interesting shot, Bassam.
F-199 + L-456.
Best regards.
Maurice

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on April 19, 2012
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    by Bassam Jayousi
    • Camera: SONY DSC-T70
    • Taken on 2012/02/03 17:12:09
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 19.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/7.100
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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