life in low country
alligator attacks rare
but not surprising
The body of an 88-year-old woman who was killed by an alligator was discovered on Monday in a pond in a gated community near Hilton Head Island, S.C., officials said. It was at least the fourth deadly alligator attack in the United States so far this year.
The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call at 11:15 a.m. on Monday from a Sun City Hilton Head resident who reported that a large alligator was guarding a human body. “When we got there that’s exactly what we found,” said Maj. Angela Viens, a public information officer with the Beaufort County sheriff’s office.
“Alligator attacks are rare but not surprising,” Major Viens said of the area.
Two more alligator deaths have been recorded this year in Florida. One a 47-year old man apparently searching for a frisbee on May 31 and another an elderly woman, 80, who fell into a pond near a golf course on July 15.
47-year-old Sean Thomas McGuinness’ body was found missing three limbs at the lake at the John S Taylor Park in Largo, Florida.
Investigators now believe he had gone into the 53-acre freshwater lake looking for UFOs when he was attacked.
I am not sure if the alligator attack and the search for UFO’s are connected.
Advice for living near alligators is to:
Never swim at night –
Never feed them –
Keep pets and children away from the water’s edge –
Stay alert when you are in territory where they may live –
I took this photo in a local park last year.
Like the Great White Shark, all they do is sleep, eat and make little alligators.
You get used to it.
Earlier this summer, my wife was up in Michigan visiting.
Seeing the new home of one her sisters and that the property had a large pond, my wife cautioned, “make sure you watch out for alligators!”
It comes with the territory.
As Mr. Tolkien wrote: ‘It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.’