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Scuba vs Alligators

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

  1. iztok

    iztok PADI Pro

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    Did you even have to doubt? Seriously? Pretty much organisms of this size are either plants or animals. If they move they are animals :)
     
  2. goonsquad

    goonsquad Solo Diver

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    In the wild, gators may be afraid of boats, but there is very little "wild" left where gators and divers may converge. Every damn guide boat I've been on in LA or FL fed gators and they came right up to them with their engines running.
    Gators/crocs are about the only animal I really have a cautious fear of being around. Not sure if its justified but I just can't bring myself to accept that they won't be quite happy to bite my leg and take me down for a roll or two.
     
  3. Lucy's Diver

    Lucy's Diver Barracuda

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    Its not the gators I'd be worried about, its the snapping turtles. Big ones could probably remove a hand and in a dark water search, especially for a weapon, you'll be sticking your hand into all kinds of holes that could be their home.
     
  4. Wildbill

    Wildbill Public Safety Diver

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    Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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    Here in FL if there is a body of water of any significant size there will most likely have a gator in it or nearby. We post a safety person on shore with a .223 rifle and he will stand watch (his only job) At night we will use spot lights to look for there eyes. Our team has also been told by our local paid trappers that a gator can't attack while submerged, only on top of water. So, should we encounter one, head for the bottom. This has never been proved by our team and I don't want to be the one to test this theory
     
  5. ZenDiver.3D

    ZenDiver.3D Rejecting Reality ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Nice!


    Yes they are. I have dived the the Cooper River my share, as well as some of the Georgia swamps. They will come over and check out an SMB popping up damn near every time. They don't seem to like my bubbles though, and are usually swimming away by the time I break surface.
     
  6. BladesRobinson

    BladesRobinson ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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  7. Splitlip

    Splitlip Great White

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  8. Wildbill

    Wildbill Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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  9. Desert_Pirate

    Desert_Pirate Public Safety Diver

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    I just got back from diving the cooper river, great fun! We saw plenty of alligators for this Idaho boy, and dove within 30-50 feet of them. My girl friend asked the captain of the boat what is the alligator conditions on the cooper river? his reply was "Plentyful" :rofl3: a diver on our boat told me one followed my bubbles across the surface to about mid river before swimming off. i was told to just stay toward the bottom and surface in the middle of the river near the boat, they have little reason for being there. found some great shark teeth though, and I would dive with them again to get in a little more search time :D
     
  10. Wildbill

    Wildbill Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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    Pirate's comments sort of goes along with my mine, in that he was advised to stay near the bottom. It leads me to believe that the golf ball collector was somewhere other than there. Like surfacing or near shore. I'd like to read that article..... I'll search for it and see.

    Thanks Pirate,
     

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