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 (515)

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.


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

brian gillman 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.

Beatrice Danelin on September 23, 2013

Is very beautiful!

Ovidiu Anca on September 24, 2013

Splendid image! LIKE. All the best!

Nikolai Karaneschev on October 2, 2013

Beautiful shot L+F, best wishes Nikolai

Bassam Jayousi on October 2, 2013

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

Greetings, Bassam

BLONCKA (Iveta) on October 2, 2013

Very nice shot. Like. Greetings, Iveta

Leif Fielstrup Guldb… on October 3, 2013

Like461. Excellent image, very interesting place.

Greetings from Sweden, Leif.

Arthur Jürisson-Mr. … on October 3, 2013

Great composition is very beautiful photo.

Perfect shot. LIKE!!! Best regards, Arthur

aggeliki.k on October 4, 2013

Very impressive picture!Very nice shot!


many greetings and have a nice weekend

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on April 19, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    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