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Old 04-16-2010, 03:47 PM   #11
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Agreed 100%

We enter their turf and what happens happens. Gators on the other hand give me the willies. I used to be ok with them until we were at Silver Springs in FL. At Silver Springs those gators have the run of the park, which is fine, their habitat and all, I dig it. But when the park puts out benches that are shaped and painted to look like a gator, and an innocent 7 year old (yeah I was innocent at 7) goes to sit on what she thinks is a bench and it MOVES, I got issues. Scared the heck completely out of me and to this day I'm terrified of gators, except when I'm eating them. *Grins* Now sharks are different for me. I knew I was at risk every time I stepped into the water, which was acceptable. You know there's out there, you know they are swimming with you. But at a family park, you don't expect to sit on one.
Aw geez. Thats some definite grounds for trauma right there.
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Old 04-16-2010, 03:50 PM   #12
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gator is yummy, tastes like pork.

Killer wildlife is why I dont go to Australia.
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Hah! DF, I deleted that comment because I started rethinking the validity of my ranting, especially when I am dazed with a cold. I'm glad to know that it wasn't as out-there as I was fearing.

And yes, there is a vast, vast difference between swimming in the ocean & going to sit on a park bench. Designing the benches to look like the indigenous giant, ancient, carnivorous reptiles may not have been the wisest move.

Funny side-note: Florida is the region with the largest number of unprovoked shark-attacks, world-wide.
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Old 04-17-2010, 12:01 AM   #14
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lol, But think of the kind of sharks we have here compared to other places ALSO think about how many people you have that flock to the beaches down here. I mean we talk california for example in comparison in Florida (this is just a example and is not accurate). California has a million people flock to the beaches for surfing when we have 5 million people coming to the warm sunny tropical climate of florida. So us getting more people means (mixed with more sharks then other places) more shark attacks. I mean FL is a penninsula for gods sake, lol.
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Old 04-17-2010, 05:41 AM   #16
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But rivers and lakes? Heck no to the infinite power.
Seriously. I totally agree. I grew up in California and spent, heck, my whole life around the ocean. Unlike you, though, I never really felt comfortable in the ocean. I definitely was scared of what might be swimming below or alongside me. It was almost a phobia - just having seaweed brush against me was enough to make me freak out. I have a general phobia of water, especially water that is murky. I can swim in a pool without any problem, though. No effin' way would you ever get me to swim in a lake or river. BTDT, and it was scary and not worth it (although intertubing was kind of fun).
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I dont swim in lakes down here but what are you guys afraid of up north? When i went to Arizona there was a river running down the mountain and i swam in it for atleast a hour. Same in North and south Carolina, some awesome places to swim IMO. No gators so its a ok.
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I swim in Cave Run Lake all the time haha nothing ever happened *knock on wood*.
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I swim in Cave Run Lake all the time haha nothing ever happened *knock on wood*.

I have swam in Cave Run , Grayson and Greenbo lakes and never had anything swim up any *ahem* openings neither .
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Oceans don't scare me. We actually go to an island every once in a while that has a place that if you go there, you WILL get bitten, but a mile down the coast and you're fine. We see 2 or 3 foot sharks all the time, but they're probably more afraid of you then you are of them. We see dolphins more often than sharks though. We did see an alligator in the ocean once. Musta been trying to heal from somethin. Anyway, I don't think I've ever swam in a river. Mainly for this reason. I saw this on the discovery health channel once. I NEVER want to see or read it again. Guys, this will make you cringe.

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River Monsters : Candiru Catfish : Animal Planet
That is a... nice... link, and doesn't tell the whole story.

This one is... not fun to read. *Shutters* Oh, may or may not be SFW. No bad pictures, just lots of words your boss may not want to see on your screen.

EDIT: *Still shuddering*
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