Tuesday, August 20, 2013


One of the fun things about Hilton Head, at least for my family, is the alligators.  You don't see them in Virginia. Or at least, not in our part of Virginia.  And I don't really know their prevalence in South Carolina, but we always see them here in Hilton Head.  Last year the kids started fishing in the little lagoon (? do you call it a lagoon?) off the back of the house. (The Unit we stay in in the Shipyard is a single house, really nice; 3 bedrooms, laundry, kitchen, bike storage...) which is something of a challenge when there are alligators roaming the water as well.

Dragon in particular has been chomping at the bit to get out there and fish.  Last night he was trying to fish and the alligator swam by... problem was... Dragon had just caught something. (I do not know fish, feel free to identify)  He fishes catch and release for several reasons; 1. he doesn't have a fishing license, 2. I am pretty sure you shouldn't eat anything that close to a golf course: pesticide and fertilizer 3. we are (mostly) vegan so even if there were edible fish in there his dad wouldn't let him eat it.

So the fish is flopping around after having been de-hooked and Dragon is trying to decide what to do with it with an alligator in proximity and went ahead an threw it in.  Pretty sure the gator snatched it up.  Feeding the gators is illegal.  But as Tim said, "if you are throwing a fish back in and the gator just happens to be there..." yeah. Okay.

it was hard to get close, the alligator was definitely keeping an eye on me!

gator in the water

releasing the catch


Michelle said...

I think we would have just run at the sight of the gator!

Ann said...

That gator looks mighty close!! This past summer my kids went on a swamp boat in Louisiana where the gators were within touching distance. WHOA. I enjoyed your comment about the 1.00 jeans.

Sylvia said...

Don't care of gator's, not my choice of fun. Enjoyed your outdoor post.

troutbirder said...

Not experienced with alligator's I'm with Michelle's strategy on this one...:)

Noel Morata said...

gater yikes run....i'm sure he was happy with a little fishy snack!