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Old 07-13-2010, 10:01 AM
 
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Really?

I guess I won't be going water skiing in Lake Tarpon anytime soon.

Man's hand found in gator's stomach, reattached
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Old 07-13-2010, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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Ah, why not? Alligator won't be able to swallow the ski.




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Really?

I guess I won't be going water skiing in Lake Tarpon anytime soon.

Man's hand found in gator's stomach, reattached
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Old 07-13-2010, 10:56 AM
 
Location: East Tennessee
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The article says the man was swimming in a canal in Naples at 9:30PM. Isn't it dark then? There are lots of freshwater lakes, streams, canals, etc. Why did you pinpoint Lake Tarpon?
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Old 07-13-2010, 12:22 PM
 
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cause there's alligators in there
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Old 07-13-2010, 12:25 PM
 
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Yep, it would be dark then. All I can say about this is....good job dumba$$!! So since they retrieved the hand from his stomach, I'm assuming the gator is now dead. I hope it was one helluva swim to warrant a dead animal and a trip to the hospital to reattach part of a limb..... some people are really bright.
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Old 07-13-2010, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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Yep. Pretty stupid to be swimming in fresh water AT NIGHT at this time of year. Surely he didn't choke up the hand, so yes, I am sure they gator is history.

I've heard it said that in FL, if there is a body of fresh water, there is at least one alligator therein.


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Yep, it would be dark then. All I can say about this is....good job dumba$$!! So since they retrieved the hand from his stomach, I'm assuming the gator is now dead. I hope it was one helluva swim to warrant a dead animal and a trip to the hospital to reattach part of a limb..... some people are really bright.
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Old 07-15-2010, 09:13 AM
 
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Agreed, you should assume there are alligators in every body of water, even if you can't see them they do travel from place to another. They warn ppl every year about not swimming in the early AM or in the evening.

Just like they tell ppl not to swim in the gulf or atlantic early in the AM especially with silvery jewelry on, sharks think it is bait fish.
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Old 07-15-2010, 01:37 PM
 
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As long as you're not swimming near the shore of Lake Tarpon, you're fine. The gators won't come out to the middle of the lake...there's nothing to eat there and it's too far to swim for them. I take my kids tubing in Lake Tarpon all the time.

That guy was an idiot...swimming in a canal that is known to have gators, after dark...duh...this is just the sort of thing that makes northerners ask "do I have to be afraid of gators?"

Yes, if you go swimming in canals after dark, you should be afraid of gators.
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Old 07-15-2010, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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Not to mention, its gator mating season. Females would defend nests, males defend their territory.





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As long as you're not swimming near the shore of Lake Tarpon, you're fine. The gators won't come out to the middle of the lake...there's nothing to eat there and it's too far to swim for them. I take my kids tubing in Lake Tarpon all the time.

That guy was an idiot...swimming in a canal that is known to have gators, after dark...duh...this is just the sort of thing that makes northerners ask "do I have to be afraid of gators?"

Yes, if you go swimming in canals after dark, you should be afraid of gators.
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Old 07-16-2010, 11:41 AM
 
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The vast majority of alligator problems can be avoided by common sense. Everytime I read about a gator being destroyed for eating someone's dog the article states the dog was off leash. Had the idiot obeyed leash laws it would not have happended. Alligators were meant to bite. Just respect them as you would any powerful animal. I see people walking right up to them to see how close they can get -- would they try that with a bear? Of course not.
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