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Scuba vs Alligators

Discussion in 'Public Safety Divers/Search and Rescue' started by BCSAR, Apr 25, 2010.

  1. CaptEsteban

    CaptEsteban Captain

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    There are a lot of " Lizzuds " in that river in the Summer.

    Contact someone who regularly dives " Black Water " rivers looking for fossils. Cooper River, in S.C. is very popular for this. I have made many, many dives in there & never had a problem with a gator. There are many websites about Cooper River diving.
     
  2. Siilverback

    Siilverback Solo Diver

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    We post someone on shore with a long rifle when we dive in case of alligators. If a gator was seen in the area or shows sign of aggression we call a trapper before we even get into the water.
     
  3. AdvancedAquarist

    AdvancedAquarist Angel Fish

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    You should just be extremely cautious with these animals. These may be the only animals that a person should dive with that will attack both offensively and defensively. This is why even if you most extreme caution it doesn't guarantee anything.
     
  4. pantheraba

    pantheraba Solo Diver

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    Animals? Reptiles. I understand your point, just checking terminology.
     
  5. Lee Taylor

    Lee Taylor Crusty old diver ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I have learned a bit about gator behavior while diving the Cooper River in Charleston SC. I have dove it about 100 times. Of course there is the exception to everything I am posting below.

    One of the first things I learned about gators is that they do not spend much time in the center/bottom of the rivers. There is nothing there for them. They prefer to hang around the edge of the river.

    Gators are ambush predators. As a general rule they lay in wait.

    Gators are scared of boats and it is hard to get near them.

    Gators are most active in the morning sun and at twilight

    Gators like tall grass or growth that hides them.

    Gators stay in their territory which appears to be about a 50 foot semi circle. I am sure it varies.

    If you go into a gators territory, he is likely to come investigate.

    Gators like sunning in the afternoon and laying under the edge of the water

    If you can, stay away from the edge of a river, especially where it supports tall grass.
     
  6. AdvancedAquarist

    AdvancedAquarist Angel Fish

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    Kingdom: Animalia
    Phylum: Chordata
    Class: Reptilia
    Order: Crocodilia
    Family: Alligatoridae
    Genus: Alligator

    There u go!

    And as lee said "they're likely to come and investigate.. they'll come to u no matter how careful you are"
     
  7. iztok

    iztok PADI Pro

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    Aren't reptiles animals?
     
  8. AdvancedAquarist

    AdvancedAquarist Angel Fish

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  9. iztok

    iztok PADI Pro

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    I know. Sorry I didn't see your post before I wrote mine. I guess next one will question that gators are 200 million year old species.
     
  10. pantheraba

    pantheraba Solo Diver

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    "WikiAnswers - Is a reptile an animal?
    Alligators and Crocodiles question: Is a reptile an animal? a reptile is an animal."

    Ha!! You be right...thanks for the clarification...I should have done more homework.
     

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