Friday, October 22, 2004

"You really can't describe it."

Which is why I’m using the URL shown below that includes photographs, rather than the printable version of the article which doesn’t.

None of them were this big or even close, but they were large. Very large. Big enough for me! And the parking lot was filled with ‘em sunning themselves on the pavement.

Which is why years ago when he was small, instead of taking Da Kid on the Okeefenokee Swamp Tour, after one look I hit REVERSE and headed for a movie theater instead.

It’s one thing giving your child an appreciation of nature. It’s something else when with one look, you connect as completely as I did your place in nature’s food chain.

Their boat, an appropriately named, 'Psycho 16 footer' bears the scars of battle.. . . There are four large scrape on the underside of the hull, and a quarter-inch diameter puncture mark in the heavy aluminum deck.
All I was doing was looking up something about the Florida Gators.

Instead, I found this.



Blogger AT said...

Seems a shame to kill such a beautiful, majestic animal for sport. Perhaps things are just different down in Florida.

7:48 PM  
Blogger doyle said...

I find hunting anything simply for sport distasteful. There is, however, a rationale behind hunting gators I understand that perhaps you don't. After years of no one being allowed to hunt them, they came back so strongly and quickly that they began doing interesting things with people: eating them.

Part of it, of course, is caused by development of what used to be their natural habitat, but gators also began showing up in places where they'd never been before.

Limited, licensed hunting is now allowed. The downside of taking a big bull gator like that, is not so much what a majestic creature it is. The downside is the loss of natural control of the gator population it provided, because it's no longer around to eat a multitude of younger, smaller ones.

4:03 PM  

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