1996 Photo Contest, Nature, 1st prize

Olivier Blaise

01 January, 1995

An elephant on his way to work between two of the Andaman Islands. Elephants can swim up to 32km a day. Their trunks are ideally suited to be used as snorkels. This elephant is employed in the timber trade, carrying logs along tracks in the jungle. Since local residents discovered the pachyderm's talent to travel through water, it has been put to good use. This elephant was born in captivity and belongs to a landowner on the island of Havelock. When he is about 60 years old, he will be retired and given the freedom to roam his owner's estate or a special reservation.

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Olivier Blaise

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