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Old 01-10-2009, 02:41 PM
 
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Any problem with gators in Clearwater Beach area ? Will be moving there in 90 days and someone told me there is no breeze from the ocean. Is that true ?
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Old 01-10-2009, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Hudson Florida
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Gators are mostly in swampland ponds and lakes and not on the beach. I have lived in rural area of Pasco for 15 years and have never seen a real gator in the wild. Yes, there is a nice breeze off the Gulf of Mexico but the waves are puny compared to the Atlantic side of Florida.
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Old 01-10-2009, 04:14 PM
 
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Gators are in freshwater not saltwater. As far as a breeze, there isn't a constant breeze off of the gulf, but you will have more of a breeze there than inland. Having sailed a hobby cat around Clearwater for years there is often a light breeze except around noon during the summer when it seems the breeze dies down.
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Old 01-10-2009, 05:32 PM
 
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There not a "problem" but they are in almost in ever single lake....
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Old 01-10-2009, 10:48 PM
 
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Thanks for the responses !
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Old 01-11-2009, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Katy, Texas (via Clearwater, Florida)
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Yes sir, there are plenty of Gators on Clearwater Beach. However, these Gators are harmless for the most part and have few teeth. They tend to be loud, obnoxious, and highly intoxicated. Their communication skills seem to be below average, only able to make a chomping expression with their arms and few words such as "Gator Bait!". Most of them can be found incoherent laying under a picnic table or face first in a uranal. Beware of these types of Gators!

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Old 01-11-2009, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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For safety you should always assume that any body of fresh water has gators. Even if it didn't have any yesterday there may be one there today, they move around. Keep toddlers and dogs away from the water's edge, especially during mating season. During droughts they sometimes enter swimming pools. I have seen them sunning themselves on the side of the road within the city of Tampa, but not often. Sometimes they do go in saltwater but this is rare. Call animal control if you see one and they will trap it and release it elsewhere.

Just use some common sense, keep an eye out for them and keep your distance. Never, ever feed them. If you see one, just leave it alone and it will return the favor.

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Old 01-11-2009, 06:37 PM
 
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On this "gator" topic, I have a black lab that loves swimming, jumping off docks, retrieving balls, etc, when we finally make the move down there I have thought about the possiblities of problems with gators and dogs. Question: Is it really that common to hear about dogs getting attacked by gators while swimming????
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Old 01-11-2009, 07:16 PM
 
Location: N.H Gods Country
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On this "gator" topic, I have a black lab that loves swimming, jumping off docks, retrieving balls, etc, when we finally make the move down there I have thought about the possiblities of problems with gators and dogs. Question: Is it really that common to hear about dogs getting attacked by gators while swimming????
Yes
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Old 01-11-2009, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Katy, Texas (via Clearwater, Florida)
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On this "gator" topic, I have a black lab that loves swimming, jumping off docks, retrieving balls, etc, when we finally make the move down there I have thought about the possiblities of problems with gators and dogs. Question: Is it really that common to hear about dogs getting attacked by gators while swimming????
Usually, if I human approaches a gator, the gator will take off. However, gators don't fear dogs. Gators are more likely to attack an animal.
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