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originally posted by: AugustusMasonicus
originally posted by: ladyvalkyrie
I figured something like that. Why have 'no swimming' then post a lifeguard?
The lifeguard was not posted at the lagoon, they were at a nearby pool.
originally posted by: veracity
a reply to: AugustusMasonicus
Rainforest Café has 2 marine biologist (this is much more than just a lifeguard) on their payroll per restaurant, for those of you who don't know what rainforest café is, its a mall restaurant (there is also one in Disney) surely Disney Resorts has these Marine Biologists as well.
What do they say about this?
Disney decided not to hire extra help for the safety of the guests or the safety of the animals?
Between 1948 and 1995, 218 people were attacked by alligators in Florida. Seven of these attacks ended in human fatality. One hundred and ten of these attacks occurred between 1990 and 1995; from 1940 to 1959, only one alligator attack was recorded (Conover and Dubow 1997). The recorded attacks occurred while the victims were swimming, snorkeling, wading, or walking near a body of water.
As urbanization and nuisance alligator complaints continue to increase, it becomes obvious that every complaint cannot be addressed. It is not possible or desirable to remove the alligator from the territory which it held before the urban encroachment.
Living With Alligators — Do’s and Dont’s
* Never feed alligators. It’s both dangerous and illegal. When fed, alligators can overcome their natural wariness and learn to associate people with food.
* Dispose of fish scraps in garbage cans at boat ramps and fish camps. Do not throw them in the water.
* Be aware of the possibility of alligators when you are near fresh or brackish water. Be aware of your surroundings.
* Do not swim outside of posted swimming areas or in waters that might be populated by large alligators.
* Alligators are most active between dusk and dawn. Avoid night swimming.
* Don’t swim with your dog. Dogs often attract an alligator’s interest. Dogs and cats are similar in size to an alligator’s natural prey. Don’t allow pets to swim, exercise or drink in or near waters that might contain alligators.
* Leave alligators alone. State law prohibits killing, harassing or possessing alligators. Observe and photograph alligators from a distance. Do not get close.
originally posted by: luthier
a reply to: Irishhaf
Nobody is even remotely saying you can make it gator proof.
You can obviously see a gator in your clean pool water right?
Answer this seriously.
If this was your back yard, you had kids and pets, would you lead a beach into a place people feed alligators without a steep embankment and even a four foot iron fence on a little brick ledge?
Come on. Thats silly. First off you put up beware of alligator signs if you know people are feeding them even after you told them at the desk.
You take precautions even when the risk is small.
Honestly I can't believe some drunk person hasn't wandered over from the bar by now at the wrong time.
You guys are making this sound like some eco tourism getaway. It's not. It's Disney a massive company with any resources available. They had enough to create the entire canal and lake system.
Of coarse they can't keep gators out.
They can make it much harder for them to hide in the water where any biologist knows is a number one possibility for an attack.
Let that sink in. Since you know these gators so well Disney has ignored the basic hunting and nesting aspect of this animal and creates an area where the two can interact.
If it is a wildlife feature then it should be extra obvious with signs and boundaries where the animals could be (obviously were if dumb people were feeding them)