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Old 06-28-2009, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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As mentioned above, protozoa are just one of many dangers in Florida fresh water. The amoeba danger has been well known for decades, I heard about it from my parents since I was very young. Larger dangers like alligators are far more common than anyone believes. And since mating season is now, anyone swimming in canals or lakes in the summer in Florida is an idiot. Salt water is your best bet as sodium chloride destroys amoeba and gators don't live in the ocean. Many people from the north and midwest are used to swimming holes but us Floridians know better. If you are going to swim in fresh water here do it in the "winter" if you dare. I always wondered if there was a way to get those amoeba into the brains of developers and financiers. That would make the amoeba a beneficial Florida resource.
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Old 06-29-2009, 07:45 AM
 
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As mentioned above, protozoa are just one of many dangers in Florida fresh water. The amoeba danger has been well known for decades, I heard about it from my parents since I was very young. Larger dangers like alligators are far more common than anyone believes. And since mating season is now, anyone swimming in canals or lakes in the summer in Florida is an idiot. Salt water is your best bet as sodium chloride destroys amoeba and gators don't live in the ocean. Many people from the north and midwest are used to swimming holes but us Floridians know better. If you are going to swim in fresh water here do it in the "winter" if you dare. I always wondered if there was a way to get those amoeba into the brains of developers and financiers. That would make the amoeba a beneficial Florida resource.

I was once face to face with a 6' gator at Alexander Springs...we were both about 10' under water at the time. He just looked at me and cruised off.
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