My Sunderbans Experience
Sunderbans, the National Park is a strange place! It is infested with several different species yet the chances are that you may see none. My Sunderbans experience was something similar.
Bengal Tigers of Sunderbans
The mangrove swamp home to Bengal Tiger behaves strangely. Animals usually attack humans if they are disturbed but in case of Sunderbans Tigers they attack humans without being provoked. Their food is humans. That is why it is said: If you see a tiger in Sunderbans, next thing you know is, you are inside its stomach.
There are some 250 odd tigers in these thick forests of Sunderbans. Even if the tiger disappears from everywhere else, it will survive in Sunderbans because humans are easy prey. They have been known to rocket out of the water onto the deck of an open boat and pull a sleeping crewman off by the back of his head.
Other Dangers of Sunderbans
Another danger that keeps lurking around are CROCODILES. Silent killers, in a flash of second they are off with their food, which sometimes is an unfortunate human.
And SHARKS! There are six varieties of them swimming around the various islands. They are content with schools of fish, but an absent minded, careless human too is welcome!
The inhabitants there are exposed to swarm of bees too. Our guide narrated the story of a SWARM OF BEES 20 ft. long, 10ft. wide advancing towards a steamer. The crew scampered into the cabin and stayed there till the sky was clear.
Ask me if I am happy I didn’t see any of these. Of course! I am! I look for simple joys in life and one of them is staying alive! I am content with the sight of a monitor lizard; some red crabs, a doe and fawn quenching their thirst and an egret basking in its reflected glory!
Sunderbans, the National Park, is less about seeing tiger but more about enjoying the biodiversity of the area. We were taken on several outings in the steamer there; we had food in the deck while scanning the bank for any possible adventurous sight. We were treated with many stories of the animals and human inhabitants of that place, at the end of each story I was glad I didn’t spot any of those dangerous animals.
The only exciting Sunderbans experience we had was when my husband’s shoe fell into the river. He decided to forget it but the crew turned the steamer back and netted the shoe.