Wednesday, August 18, 2010

An Email …


I got this as an email…one of those chain things…

I don’t know if it’s true, who took the photos or anything about it…

but I don’t see how anyone could fake it!!! 

 These first 2 pictures were taken by a KTBS helicopter flying over Lake Thomas, Winter Haven, Florida.  The helicopter pilot and the game wardens on the ground were in communication via 2-way radios.

 

Here is a transcript of their conversation.

'Air1, have you a visual on the gator, Over'

'Approaching inlet now, Over'

'Roger Air1'!cid_4BA06055BC534DCE9EFA74986984525A@JustinPhillips

 

'Gator sighted. Looks like it has a small animal in its mouth....moving in, over'

'Roger Air1'

'Oh Crap it's a Deer!'

'Confirm Air1.. Did you say Deer?, Over'

'Roger.........a Deer in it's mouth...looks like a full sized buck....that's a big gator, boys.  We're gonna need more men, Over'

'Roger Air1.....can you give me a idea on size of animal, over'

'Its a big one.....25 feet at least, please advise, gator is heading to inlet....do I pursue?, over'

!cid_19FA9AF9B39A41DCBDC7B96E3E49BFCA@JustinPhillips

That has to be a HUGE gator to have a whole deer in its mouth!

The deer was later found to be a mature Stag.

If you ski at the west end of the lake ---- try not to fall overboard.

 

This alligator was found between Lakeland and Winter Haven Florida near the house of Anita and Charlie Rogers, who could hear the beast bellowing in the night.

Their neighbors had been telling them that they had seen a mammoth alligator in the waterway that runs behind their house, but they dismissed the stories as exaggerations.

'I didn't believe it,' Charles Rogers said, but after the alligator was killed, they realized the stories were, if anything, understated.

Game wardens were forced to shoot the alligator.  Joe Goff, a 6'5" tall game warden, shown below, walks past the 28-foot, 1-inch long alligator that he helped shoot and kill in the Rogers' back yard.

!cid_8DEE189CAAD34BAAAFE030CF6739876E@JustinPhillips

WOW

 

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Mrs B sent me the following link…you never know about these things!!!

http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/wcgator.asp

17 comments:

  1. OMG!!!! I am amazed...can you imagine? I will be sending your post to a few others...this is just too much. Reminded me of that movie..I think it was Lake Placid with the giant alligator. Great post.

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  2. WOW is the right word, sweetpea!!! Whooooooaaa, I didn't realize they came that big. Glad I don't live in Florida...
    xoxo,
    Connie

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  3. Wow! that is huge. wouldn't want to think that it was in my back yard! Shame it had to be killed but safer for sure!

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  4. No WAY!!!!!!!!! I am going to go look this up...I live on a lake...ooooo...scary! ;)

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  5. http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/wcgator.asp

    who knows?

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  6. Wowie-----I've never even seen a picture of one this big. I'm sure the homeowners are sleeping a little more peaceful.
    Ann

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  7. OMG, that's huge! imagine that walking into your backyard!:(

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  8. wow can you imagine if you were the home owner I don't want anything like that near my home that is for sure

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  9. This is unbelievable... I had not heard about this... Hope someone looks it up to see if it is true... That is amazing...

    Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  10. This truly is unbelievable. I'm very glad I don't live in Florida.

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  11. Not sure I'll be able to sleep tonight, for fear of being attacked by a giant alligator. That's so scary!!!!

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  12. Mrs. Becky,

    A couple of things tell me that the gator's size has been exagerated:
    - The largest gator documented in the US was slightly over 19 feet, not 28 feet.
    - If the photo hasn't been altered and the man is 6.5, then I'd guess the gator is about 18-19 feet. Granted that is using the very unscientific method of measuring the man & the gator in the photo on my screen with my fingers. But the gator's length is roughly 3 times the man's height, not 4-5 times the man's height.
    - The background of the photo doesn't look like FL. Perhaps LA or TX, but not FL.
    - The proportions for the gator in the water with the deer would put the gator at 12-15 feet, if the photo hasn't been doctored. So it is probably a different gator.
    - Radio stations east of the Mississippi River start with a "W," not a "K."
    - All that being said, I wouldn't want to mess with a probable 12-19 foot gator any more than I would want too tangle with a 28 foot gator. I can still remember my Uncle taking me canoeing down a river near Tampa, FL and seeing gators roughly the same length as the canoe. I developed a very healthy fear and respect for them in a matter of seconds. And resolved to keep as much distance as possible between me and them.

    Love,
    Francie

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  13. Thats really really huge and I will just add an extra ...WOW!

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  14. Wow,that thing was gigantic to say the least. Poor deer.

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  15. That is one amazing story! That thing is huge!

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