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Making a splash, the 60-year-old elephant going for his morning swim
Daily Mail ^ | 23rd May 2010

Posted on 05/26/2010 4:35:23 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Gliding gracefully beneath the crystal-clear waters this Asian bull elephant cuts a mystical figure.

Weighing 3.5 tons and standing at just under four metres, meet Rajan one of the last surviving elephants who helped with logging on the Andaman and Nicobar Island chain near the end of the Bay of Bengal.

Photographed by Cesare Naldi, these amazing images show the unique bond between 60-year-old Rajan and 58-year-old mahout (elephant driver), Nasru.

In one spectacular image Nasru is seen balancing on the animals tusks as the elephant took a breather on his morning swim.

This particular image and resulting series was enough to win Cesare first prize in National Geographic's International Photography contest in December of last year.

Renowned for his ability to swim, Rajan and Nasru have become something of a fixture at their home on Havelock Island, which is in the Indian Ocean. "I took the pictures during the early morning around 8am as Rajan crossed the short distance between beaches on Havelock Island," said U.S.-based Cesare.

"I had approached Nasru and Rajan's owners at the Barefoot resort on Havelock to see if they would let me spend time alone with Rajan, as he usually swims with groups of eight or so paying customers.

"I wanted to capture the intimacy of the relationship between Nasru and Rajan." Setting off from Radha Nagar beach, Cesare was around 300ft out in around 15ft of water when he observed the graceful swimming that Rajan has become known for.

'When Rajan stepped into the clear blue sea I was already into the water, with my scuba diving equipment,' said Cesare.

"He stayed for some time with his legs into the water, then he started to walk away from the shore. "At some point when his feet lost contact with the sand he started

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TOPICS: Local News; Pets/Animals; Travel
KEYWORDS: elephant; swimming; water

Weighing 3.5 tons and standing at just under four metres, 60-year-old Rajan dives with his 58-year-old mahout (elephant driver), Nasru

Renowned for his ability to swim, Rajan and Nasru have become something of a fixture at their home on Havelock Island, which is in the Indian Ocean

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/05/23/article-0-09B6D542000005DC-42_634x418.jpg

"I was really surprised by the speed of his legs and how he could actually swim,' said the photographer who took the images

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1280638/Making-splash-60-year-old-elephant-going-morning-swim.html?ito=feeds-newsxml#ixzz0p57ctqRy

1 posted on 05/26/2010 4:35:24 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

water displacement


2 posted on 05/26/2010 4:43:03 PM PDT by advertising guy (Consumer Of Confiscated Liquors Czar)
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To: nickcarraway

great pictures, thanks for posting.


3 posted on 05/26/2010 4:48:16 PM PDT by opentalk
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To: opentalk

No problem. They are great.


4 posted on 05/26/2010 4:49:11 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Wonderful pictures. My thanks also for posting!


5 posted on 05/26/2010 4:56:08 PM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: nickcarraway

Hey, fat floats.


6 posted on 05/26/2010 5:26:46 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (We'll remember in November!)
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To: nickcarraway

built in snorkel.


7 posted on 05/26/2010 5:38:22 PM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: Fast Moving Angel
Hey, fat floats.


8 posted on 05/26/2010 5:45:12 PM PDT by JRios1968 (The real first rule of Fight Club: don't invite Chuck Norris...EVER)
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To: JRios1968

LOL! So are you saying he’d never drown?


9 posted on 05/26/2010 6:01:46 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (We'll remember in November!)
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To: mamelukesabre

swimming cleans out the formerly flaming ducks...


10 posted on 05/26/2010 6:04:42 PM PDT by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: JRios1968

Yup, that’s definitely a floater.


11 posted on 05/26/2010 6:16:59 PM PDT by Boiling point (Beck / Palin 2012)
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To: nickcarraway

that’s a lot of piano keys!


12 posted on 05/26/2010 6:31:17 PM PDT by Gapplega
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To: nickcarraway

Nice!


13 posted on 05/26/2010 6:37:35 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: SunkenCiv

Nicer than a rhino.


14 posted on 05/26/2010 6:39:03 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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I wonder if rhinos (who don’t see all that well) enjoy swimming?


15 posted on 05/26/2010 8:13:54 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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