Thursday, August 20, 2009

Do not, I repeat, do not feed the gators!


We have spent many hours in Lake Sumter Landing walking the boardwalk and taking photos. We had never seen any gators. Until our last visit. Then, suddenly one appeared, maybe 20 yards out, casually gliding through the water, just the top of its head and part of its body visible.

I took a few photos, but it was too dark.

We did not feed it.

19 comments:

Tash said...

What's the world coming to when even gators cannot be fed! (I keep seeing signs like that everywhere I go - no feeding ducks, geese, rabbits, squirrels ...) this one is certainly the most unique and I love the pink/lavender lighting of the photo.

Vogon Poet said...

In this beloved place of mine there are real hungry gators? This is quite annoying...

Cezar and Léia said...

oh nice to know that you not feed it! LOL
Cool shot and crasy bilboard!
Léia

joo said...

I promise I won't!!!
However the idea of feeding aligators is really interesting - I imagine someone sitting in the pier and feeding aligators like swans or ducks:)
Have a great day

Leif Hagen said...

Fun foto! What would one feed to an alligator? Animal crackers? Bananas? Peanuts? Bread crumbs? Just wondering ...

Jacob said...

@ Safe Leif - Little kids!

Jacob said...

@ Joo - Actually, people do just that! In fact, we've done it. Stupid! Alligators can become very aggressive, very fast.

Jacob said...

@ VP - You are sooo funny. Actually, it's no big deal, there are gators everywhere in Florida! Just have to keep your eye out and avoid them.

cieldequimper said...

All of a sudden I think I might not venture too near the sides of the boardwalk... You never know, some psycho might push me over. He'd get fined and I'd provide a nice meal.

Jacob said...

@ Tash - The fear is that gators come too close to people...they are very fast. And they will attack if they are hungry and if they identify people with food, well...

Every year a couple of folks are killed by gators in our lakes and rivers...

Tricia said...

I promise to the good LORD above, I WON"T FEED THEM! I WON"T DO NOTHING TO KEEP THEM COMING AROUND! hehehe They're so creepy looking

Asta said...

Hi Jacob,
Oj. I can promise you I will obey this sign and never ever feed any gators.

They're as creepy as snakes. Ufffff-:)

Best regards
Asta

Tricia said...

Hi Jacob - You asked if I used a flash to bring out the fence. No, I didn't have to - It was so weird the evening I shot that pic, because the glow of the sunset seemed to brighten everything. The pic doesn't do the scene justice - It was really pretty out

Thanks so much for visiting!

m_m said...

It must be exciting watching such animals:)

Jim K said...

These are live real gators out in the open? Who wants to go for a swim?

Jacob said...

@ Jim - No, you do not want to swim in this lake!

Clueless in Boston said...

I agree, don't feed them and don't even look at them.

Hyde DP said...

This is one sign not to be ignored

JM said...

COOL!!! :-)