Dragon Quest in Postojna Cave

Published: 24.6.2016

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Dragon Quest in Postojna Cave

Postojna Cave released an amazing and unique video of the baby olms’ historical hatching. An infra-red camera was used to observe the baby dragons‬ in the cave’s aquarium.

Dragon Quest in Postojna Cave

Postojna Cave released an amazing and unique video of the baby olms’ historical hatching. An infra-red camera was used to observe the baby dragons‬ in the cave’s aquarium. This footage reveals some extraordinary moments and gives the scientists an inside look into the development of the baby olms.

Ever since January 2016, Postojna Cave, Slovenia, and the world have been following the reproduction of the olm – an animal endemic to the karst and underground world. Because of its strange looks, some like to call them the human fish or the baby dragons. They reproduce every 5 to 10 years. The process and development is happening in the aquarium in front of both scientists and the general public, since for the first time in history the phenomenon is being filmed and monitored up close. The first baby dragon emerged from its egg at the beginning of June and many others followed. We are happy to share the video Baby Dragons in Postojna Cave with you, showing the first egg to hatch of the first 13 eggs: “Board the 140-year old cave train and come face to face with the proud mum and her babies!”

Slovenia has approximately 10,000 caves, but the one at Postojna is the largest. It has been a tourist attraction for 200 years, with around 5km of underground halls and tunnels open to the public. Postojna cave is around 24km long and much of the underground territory is still unexplored. A new 3.5-kilometre section was discovered in 2015.

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