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Old 05-21-2011, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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Today my hubby and I took a trip down the Myakka. We launched over at Snook Haven in south Venice. We only went a few miles this afternoon because I have to be back to go out with my girlfriends this evening to Visani in Port Charlotte. I'll let everyone know how it is.






Riverboat Tours down the Myakka


The waters were filled with gators. This one looks like it's about an 8-footer. We tried to get a little bit closer to it but it slipped into the water.








Osprey up on the tree


Got it flying away


Turtles!!
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Old 05-21-2011, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Lemon Bay, Englewood, FL
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Great pics!!! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 05-21-2011, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Anthem, AZ
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Very nice. At first I thought those turtles were riding a manatee.
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Old 05-21-2011, 05:06 PM
 
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Great Pics. We've been to Snook Haven but didn't do the river tour. Going to have to put that on our list!
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Old 05-21-2011, 06:37 PM
 
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Wow...nice... I would love to try Kayaking!!! Im putting that on my list
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Old 05-21-2011, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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Thanks everyone! I bet we saw 500 gators today! Every time we stuck ours paddles in the water there were gators dipping under the water.

Honestly, I'm not a big fan of gators so it's kind of creepy have them slink all around you. The only thing that creeps me out are gators, ear wigs and needles. I'm good with spiders, snakes or whatever.

Just being that close to something that large with teeth that big and the brain the size of a pea. Hmmm....
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Old 05-22-2011, 01:03 PM
 
Location: not where you are
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Thanks everyone! I bet we saw 500 gators today! Every time we stuck ours paddles in the water there were gators dipping under the water.

Honestly, I'm not a big fan of gators so it's kind of creepy have them slink all around you. The only thing that creeps me out are gators, ear wigs and needles. I'm good with spiders, snakes or whatever.

Just being that close to something that large with teeth that big and the brain the size of a pea. Hmmm....


Very nice pics. Better you than me,, I mean you are ten thousand times braver than I. I'm just freaking out looking at the pics of the gators and thinking of being in the water so near.


Someone told me they saw a gator at Nokomis beach once, I know it's a possibility, just hope it's beyond extremely rare.
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Old 05-22-2011, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Lakewood Ranch, FL
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I've never kayaked that close to gators before and I can't help thinking of that show called "Swamp People" about cajun gator hunters. Have you ever seen that show?
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Old 05-22-2011, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Palm Island and North Port
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No, I haven't seen it. I'll have to Google it. As soon as the gator ducked under where we couldn't see him, we were outta there. I didn't want him coming up under the boat or anything
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Old 05-22-2011, 04:07 PM
 
Location: SWFL
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Very nice pics. Better you than me,, I mean you are ten thousand times braver than I. I'm just freaking out looking at the pics of the gators and thinking of being in the water so near.


Someone told me they saw a gator at Nokomis beach once, I know it's a possibility, just hope it's beyond extremely rare.
Yikes! I too am freaking out looking at those gator pics and thinking about them "slinking" close by in the water. I think the only way I'm going on the water in FL is in a BIG, BIG boat!
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