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By John Keenan (keenan) on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 6:49 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
This happened on lake moltrie on Sun in charleston SC http://www.charleston.net/photos/galleries/2007/sep/17/alligator_attack/
 
By Adam Greer (premier135rider) on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 6:51 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
lol yeah how crazy is that, i saw it on the news, glad they haven't made it up this way yet.....
 
By John Keenan (keenan) on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 6:53 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
it is right by where we ride
 
By Tyler McCurdy (tyboarder03) on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 6:57 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
dang gnarly pics... thats scary
 
By taylos wakeboardkid (maliburider456) on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 7:06 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
dang man that one pic has the guys arm in its mouth. so crazy and scary. didnt they catch an 8 foot alligator in lake wylie a few years ago?
 
By Adam Greer (premier135rider) on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 7:08 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
haha it i don't think it was that big, but it was in the cove we usually ride in...and it had some little babies hanging around with it...
 
By nick farrell (nickdakoolkat) on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 8:08 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
thats why I'll stick to NorCal....
 
By nick farrell (nickdakoolkat) on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 8:09 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
....is it bad that this reminds me of good old Chubs (happy gilmore)...I hope that guy is ok
 
By Eric (mjfan23) on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 8:28 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
Adam why u laughin? Dont see the humor in this..

Hope the dude is ok tho.

 
By Adam Greer (premier135rider) on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 8:51 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
i was laughing b/c of how crazy the situation was, not because i think it is funny the guy got his arm bit off....def hope the guy wakes it ok....
 
By Josh (bassmanjoshis) on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - 8:59 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
see the bone sticking out of his arm in the jaws of the gator? that's crazy!
 
By 1boarder_kevin (1boarder_kevin) on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 4:19 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
They killed the gator and got his arm back and tried to reattach it, but I heard that it didn't work.
 
By scott firman (mucktoerider) on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 4:34 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
wife was right. I guess I will not go boarding in Florida after all. Tried to talk her into lessons this next Spring...she said no way she was going to get in the water with Gator's. Now there are killer amoeba's...whats next.
 
By benjamin (bendow) on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 5:08 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Ya, I remember the thread were all the Flordanian's were like gators don't bother you.
 
By Ted Dreaver (dreevs) on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 5:37 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Gators dont bother you. There does not seem to be any story for this? Was he feeding it? Have people in the area been feeding it?
 
By Byrd (byrd) on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 6:09 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Yes, please. Everyone should be afraid of gators. Dont ever come to Florida...
 
By Tim (srock) on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 6:26 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
It doesn't sound like this guy did anything wrong but snorkel in the wrong area. I guarantee this gator had been fed by others and was hanging near the picnic tables waiting for a handout.

Bears, sharks, lions, gators; nature requires a certain amount of respect and understanding to help avoid a lot of the horror stories we read.....Oh crap, Florida has all these critters, I'm not leaving the house.

 
By KaNi (j3t_m3ch) on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 6:49 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
that sucks - we've seen a couple gators since we've been here but hadn't had any problems with them. One was dead so he definately didn't bother us and the other was a baby......just makes you wonder where the parents are
 
By scott firman (mucktoerider) on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 7:08 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Just get a consealed weapons permit. Shoot the S.O.B if he attacks anyone in the water.
 
By doctor octagon (dococ) on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 7:29 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
"see the bone sticking out of his arm in the jaws of the gator? that's crazy!"

Serious bummer for that dude, but SWEET new wallpaper for my computer desktop!!

 
By MM (wakechica) on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 7:48 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
I just heard about this yesterday and couldn't believe it. You always here about the shark attacks at the beaches around here but this is the first gator attack I have heard about around here. I guess it doesn't matter where you go...If you go in saltwayer you have sharks and in freshwater you have the gators.
 
By Les D. (ldebbold) on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 9:55 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Oh, f...., looked at the photos. Bad idea. That totally blows. I feel for that man and his family.
 
By Ted Dreaver (dreevs) on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 10:56 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Im with Dococ - new wallpaper! AND - Im posting it at the boat ramp this weekend!!!!! All Points Bulliten - Be On The Look Out!!!
 
By Wakeman (wakeman7) on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 2:30 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
The gators wont bother you. If you love the sport enough you will just suck it up. I mean dont jump right in where you see one and try to pet it cause its not your dog{although your dog might be in it].
 
By ellis scott (ellis269) on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 3:00 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
i ride in several areas with gators. i always heard that they will not bother you unless they have young or you are around their nest. i may not be as brave as i was!
 
By justin sebnick (jsebnick) on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 6:24 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
I ride at Lake Murray all the time, not gonna sweat it.
 
By Jared (lfs56) on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 6:45 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
sorry, but if i saw a gator in the lake i ride in...ever...i wouldn't be riding there anymore, just like the ocean, i don't plan on evvver goin in!
 
By Jason Shehan (norcalbordr) on Friday, September 28, 2007 - 9:46 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
holy crap, thats insane. I wouldnt be in the water if they were on the West coast. We just have to worry about seals in the delta now, I'll take that over a gator anyday.
 
By Joe Umali (dakid) on Friday, September 28, 2007 - 9:54 pm:    Edit Post Delete Post
they're actually sea lions at the delta. and yeah, there's a gator or two at the delta.

as for the story above, it looks like the arm was completely ripped out of its socket. any updates to the story? i read above that reattachment wasn't successful. any stories online to back that up? (not that i'm doubting...just wanna read about it)

 
By nick farrell (nickdakoolkat) on Saturday, September 29, 2007 - 12:03 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
and at one point there were whales in the dirty d...and soon there could be pike if they escape from lake davis, not sure if they attack people but they will kill pretty much all other fish.
 
By David Hair (kneeboarddad) on Saturday, September 29, 2007 - 6:28 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
OK- I have always said I don't worry about gators. I lived in Florida for years and they are just part of the ecosystem. Attacks are rare, stay away from the shore and nest, etc. Then i read this letter to the editor after the attack:

"I was sorry to read in The Post and Courier of the gentleman who lost his arm to an alligator. This prompted me to write and offer precautions to avoiding alligators.

As a member of the Crowfield Country Club, I play golf frequently. One day on the sixth hole, I noted that a female alligator had seven young ones. As I stood there watching them swim, the female came out of the water toward me. Needless to say, I ran as fast as I could. My partner remarked, "I never saw an old man run so fast."

Another day on the 15th hole, I saw an alligator that chomped through the enter front section of a dog leaving the rear end for his future meal.

My friend informed me that a deer attempted to cross Crowfield Lakes, only to be attacked by two alligators that devoured the carcass.

Please, fellow golfers and others, where there are alligators, proceed with caution."

PAUL M. BORICK, M.D.
Lt. Col., U.S. Air Force Reserve (Retired)
100 S. Gateshead Xing
Goose Creek

 
By Jason Shehan (norcalbordr) on Saturday, September 29, 2007 - 6:33 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Joe, are you serious that there are a few gators at the Delta? I've been a Delta rat my entire life (27 years) and thats the first I've heard of that. You ever hear of any stories or sightings? Im curious now.
 
By David Hair (kneeboarddad) on Saturday, September 29, 2007 - 6:35 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
The part that got my attention was the two gators that attacked a dear. I always thought their diet was fish and other small critters. I know that the dear attack has not been verified and doesn't sound like something gators do but that is a little creepy. Sounds more like a croc attack than a gator.

You have to be careful not to be part of "gator mania" and blow this out of proportion. The odds are tremendously in your favor not to be attacked by gators, or amoeba. If you want to be safe stay off the roads. The odds are definitely more in your favor with a gator than a speeding automobile.

 
By Billy (woreout) on Saturday, September 29, 2007 - 7:37 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
I cant believe someone didnt jump in and help the guy or try and grab the gator.
Down here gators stay away usually, but theres always a chance. Hell your dog might turn on you one day. Not going to worry about it though. I grew up with gators and amoebas and I'm still here. Heres a pic of a gator at my dock Labor day this year.
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By Matt (nowake) on Saturday, September 29, 2007 - 7:56 am:    Edit Post Delete Post
Florida native here. In my experience gators don't normally hunt people for lunch, but they can be extremely aggressive if it's mating season, if there's little ones around, if you're near the nest or if there hasn't been food for them for a while. Everyone knows they're stealthy in the water, but most people don't realize how fast they are on land. It's like sharks; people aren't on their regular menu, but you won't catch me turning my back on one or getting in the water with one.
 

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