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Alligator Kills Man Swimming in Florida Waterway (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on Jul, 17 2005 @ 12:26 AM
Increasing rains filling waterways have been a factor blamed for the death of a Florida Man, Kevin Albert Murray, 41, who was attacked as he swam in the Apollo Waterway, Port Charlotte on Friday evening. The increasing rains have filled waterways, giving access to the alligators to freely roam the neighborhoods and populated areas. His death takes the total number to 17 fatal alligator attacks in the state in fifty years of recorded data.
PORT CHARLOTTE -- A lawn worker who jumped into a canal near the Myakka River to cool off was attacked and killed by a 12-foot, 1,200-pound alligator Friday night.

Witnesses said Kevin Albert Murray, 41, of North Port, routinely took a swim after doing yard work for the residents whose homes are along the Apollo Waterway, in a sparsely populated area near the Sarasota County line.

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The state has an increased number of alligators, estimated at around one million, with the reptiles coming into more and more contact with humans as both populations increase.

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posted on Jul, 17 2005 @ 12:48 AM
Too bad for the guy, good for the alligator. I like stories like this, they help to remind people that without technology we're just an ambulatory pillar of wet meat.

I read this the other day. Golden Retriever takes on a monster alligator and gets away with its life. The dog suffered some pretty severe injuries, but the alligator let go and swam off after repeated deep bites to its nose. The dog's bites were so vicious, it damaged its own teeth in the attack.

And there are many cases where people have fought off an alligator attack. We're mostly insulated from survival of the fittest, but some times in our lives we have to live by the laws of nature, and many modern humans are woefully unprepared for that eventuality.

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