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Tide was no good so we went up to the Everglades with the Kayaks (first time in the kayaks this year), and had a fun 7 mile paddle on the Nine mile Pond canoe trail. We had an interesting happening near the end of the trip when we came around a corner where the width of the trail was only about eight feet wide and there was an eight foot long gator directly across it blocking our way. Normally they sink down and hide in the depths but the depth was only about two feet and the water was crystal clear. We sat there, about six feet behind it waiting for it to move, but it just looked at us and stayed right where it was. I finally decided to force it's hand, (or mouth) and very slowly paddled forward. It got the message and turned in the same direction we were going and slowly lead the way. It would have made a neat video with the gator leading us with it's tail touching the bow of my kayak. Finally after about fifty feet it pulled over to the side, stopped and submerged so that we could go by. As I passed I was close enough to reach over and touch it's back, but naturally didn't. Then as Nanci came up and as she was passing over it, it raised it's head up and either hissed or got some air. -Probably letting us know we disturbed it's siesta.
All and all it was a fun day

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Sounds like a nice trip. I don't kayak or even paddle any thing,but if I saw a gator blocking my way I would of turned around and been back the 7 miles in about a minute and a half.


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jetboater454 wrote:

Sounds like a nice trip. I don't kayak or even paddle any thing,but if I saw a gator blocking my way I would of turned around and been back the 7 miles in about a minute and a half.


I we have paddled in and around them for the past thirty years and I have
had a lot of experience with them. Any that are larger than eight feet I give them them the complete right of way and will keep a safe distance. Especially the ten and twelve foot males. If they are eight feet and smaller I'll make them move unless it is a mother with babies in which case I'll keep a safe distance.
Also at any length even the smaller ones will defend themselves if they get cornered and don't have an escape route

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I ain’t messin with a garter of any size

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