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Old 05-08-2019, 09:30 PM   #21
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This guy hangs around our marina. That's my boat Gumbo in the background
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Old 05-08-2019, 11:35 PM   #22
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and you scrub the bottom of your boat how????
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This is the guy to get to scrub the bottom of your boat. Did I mention hes nuts?
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Our marina wildlife is a bit less confronting.
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Wow that Manny Pig guy is a real adrenaline junkie. I don't remember Steve Irwin or Crocodile Dundee playing like that. Unfortunately it only takes one bad incident to make your entire life go sideways.

BTW, you guys have all the fun. The most exciting thing swimming in our marinas is a cuttlefish, squirting black ink in your face when you try to tickle his chin
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For anchored folks that shine a light to see the wildlife at night , a simple rule of thumb is every inch between the eyes is about a foot of LOA.
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Old 05-09-2019, 05:56 AM   #27
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Next time I'm diving and croczilla approaches me, I'll ask him to sit still while I take my measuring tape

Reminds me of the traditional way of measuring a lion. Stretch him out tight by the tail and nose and drive two wood sticks into the ground at those point. Then measure the distance between them....

... by the way, it is generally recommended that the lion be dead before you do this.
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This is the guy to get to scrub the bottom of your boat. Did I mention he’s nuts?

That guy is pretty darn dumb and video was fun to watch, but like most of its kind, greatly exaggerated. Except for perhaps right in the beginning, that gator wasn't remotely interested in attacking, if it wanted to it would have, no matter what the guy in the water did. The gator clearly just wanted to be left alone.


Also, no way it is close to 1,000 pounds. More like 350 or 400. A lot of the length is in the tail, which is not that heavy, his body is perhaps 5 feet long. Compare the size of that gator to this 1,000 pound marlin. Not even close.


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Here's a 500 pound gator. The one in the video is perhaps this size.


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Unless, of course, the guy messing with the gator is 8 feet tall and weighs 400 pounds.


In my experience it's really easy to overestimate the size of a wild animal in the water. When I was tarpon guiding we had a hammerhead that used to hang around the flats and occasionally eat a hooked tarpon. All the guides (who are very used to seeing 150 lb tarpon) saw it, and we estimated it to be about 14 feet and 800 pounds. I had a marine biologist who did a lot of shark work fishing with me one day when the shark swam right next to my boat. He said more like 9 feet and 400.



All that said, that gator is still plenty big to do damage and pretty crazy to see somebody mess with one like that. Thanks for posting, Parks.
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I would name him sauce picant
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Our marina wildlife is a bit less confronting.
This would make me much happier!
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This guy hangs around our marina. That's my boat Gumbo in the background
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