Fish that live on land, tigers feasting on crabs, white crocodiles and trees that posses human intelligence; the Sunderbans are one of the weirdest regions in the world.
The Sunderbans are the largest block of tidal/littoral/mangrove forests in the world. It covers 10,000 sq.km of which, about 6,000 are in
Every thing that survives in these conditions does so by freaky adaptations. Plants have the same waxy leaves and spines as cactus in the desert. They grow pneumatophores or aerial roots to breathe through waterlogged soil. Procreation is so precarious that the trees produce seedlings in a sealed pod that floats around till it finds somewhere to anchor. Now imagine walking on this slippery soil criss-crossed by sharp thick roots, let alone hunt.
Which is why we had a ‘no walking’ rule, which suited just fine as by Day 2 the forest around me had taken a more sinister look.
It was a living, scheming thing, filled with even more cunning, intelligent wildlife struggling to survive. I felt it was a huge Human Venus Flytrap that would suck me in and spit me out.