Saturday, September 14, 2013

That's One Big Gator!



Captain Mark Robinson is a fishing guide.  He delivered some
really delicious fresh caught flounder to our house
a couple of weeks ago.  

But Mark does not only cast his bait for fish ~ he
also baits and traps alligators.  He caught this one
in Calhoun County Texas just a couple of days ago.
Wow 13 feet 4 inches and approximately 780 pounds.
He is hoping to win the gator fest this year.  

I for one would hate to have to tangle with this
bad boy!  Bentley and I will not be visiting any of the
nearby lakes or bayous any time soon.   I have no
desire to get up close and personal with any of
these gators.  Scary stuff.  But I can't help but
wonder how many pairs of boots will be made from
the hide of this poor creature.



Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley




22 comments:

  1. Scary to think this critter was living in Texas. I suspect this one just might win!

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  2. Wow that is one scary critter! How on earth do you "catch" one without being pulled overboard?

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  3. Sadly, I think that they bait it and then when it's trapped they shoot it in the head.

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  4. Oh good grief, that thing is frightening!!!! Can you imagine running up on a creature that big and scary???

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  5. I was thinking it was a joke when I saw the first photo. That thing is tremendous - his head alone! I cannot imagine living anywhere near one of those. Our poor dogs would be a mere appetizer. Can't help but say, I'm happy he's captured.

    Looking forward to seeing more beautiful photos of you settling into your new home.

    - The Tablescaper

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  6. Oh my, that one would give me nightmares!
    Brenda

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  7. I hate them almost as much as snakes. I would NEVER go in the back yard if they were close by. You and Bentley be careful.
    Mary

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  8. oh my that is one reason I love New England nothing like that walking around, it is safe to let your children and animals go swimming in our beautiful lakes. Oh that scares me!
    Cathy

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  9. Welcome back to the gulf coast of Texas! ;)

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  10. Good GRIEF I would not want to encounter one of those!

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  11. Susan, if Texas is like Florida, they can be found in ANY body of water including fenced retaining ponds. Please don't take any chances with Bentley. Our neighbors lost a little Ausie Terrier to one. He was sitting a foot from the canal's edge and when the gator swooped out and grabbed him. There was nothing they could do. Our grandchildren (now 4 teens) have been raised with a terror of water down here. Once I took them to NH and they were all horrified that I dove into a lake. I was raised up there and had to convince them that gators can't survive northern winters.

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  12. Sweet Jesus. Look at the size of that! I will take the flounder thank you - not the Gator ;-)

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  13. I hope I never see one of those up close and personal!

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  14. Holy SMOKKKESSS! Where can I get some shoes and a purse made? :)

    Have a blessed day!

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  15. I though Alligator bags and shoes where a no no ...a long time ago...

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  16. I'm with you. Stay out of the bayous. That is one heck of a scary welcome to Texas, my friend. xo Laura

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  17. That is one very large gator! My dad lives on a lake in Florida and we see gators all the time. There was a huge one close to shore just today. You do have to be careful, especially with pets and children.

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  18. I just don't think I could handle having those things around!

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  19. I don't blame you and Bentley I would not do well if I ran into one.
    Denise

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  20. Oh my heavens!

    That thing is HUGE! The head alone is so large ---
    comparing it to the size of the men in the photo.
    I did not realize TX had those giant creatures!
    Whoa. Please be careful and keep little Bentley close.
    :)
    xoxox
    Alison

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