Spent much time in the forests and jungles in my day.
I suppose I'd need a campfire and some smoke to explain some of the more interesting 'natural' experiences.
'Here' just doesn't seem the right medium of Xchange.
As far as the most unusual.
Spent much time around alligators here in FlArida.
I often would go fishing in the swamps day and/or night.
I've seen 1000s of alligators close up, grabbed a few by the tail.
Was once chased by a large alligator that had crawled up on the road between myself and my truck.
It was getting sun and in the later hours of the evening as it's 'flat' in the swamp an alligator can get sun till just before dark. Anyhow, I waited
for two hours for the alligator to make it's way back in the water. It had just crawled out from it's waterhole where there is a large culvert that
allows the water to pass under the road. This is where the biggies hang out at night with their mouths open waiting for fish to swim on by and
(((SNAP))), you can hear/feel the sound reverberate through the tunneling culvert. So the alligator refused to leave and didn't seem to fear my
approach. Rather it seemed to encourage it. It turned it's body parallel to mine and knew what that meant. Adrenaline started to kick in. It was
starting to get dark and I was deep in the swamp on the Scenic Byway, Everglades Loop Road off of highway 41 (Tamiami trail). The actual alligator
is at 4:20 minutes into this clip
though I wasn't author, this alligator has
defended it's hole for years and they each have their unique features which differentiate one from the other. Lucky to have found this clip on the
It wouldn't leave
after attempting to stomp my boot on the ground. Didn't even flinch. Threw a
few rocks at it's tail. Still didn't move. Approached it's rear to the side of the road. Didn't budge. Attempted to grab it's tail. It swooped
around and jumped at me. I jumped from the side to the front of the road. It then aligned itself at me as if ready to chase. I paused. Then the
fun began. It started hard charging at me. Alligators can run 'fast'. Best thing one can do is run diagonally since they can't turn well. Problem
was I was on a slim dirt road with swamp on both sides. It chased me about 200 feet and then stopped as it instinctively knew to save it's energy for
later. I suppose I was lucky!
Three other occasions where alligators chased me though that was due to me picking up their babies, inspecting the health. I can mimic the babies
noise as heard HERE
. The babies are often attracted, though so are the mommies! Was holding a
baby on the edge of a birm and it was calling out for Momma and all the sudden the Mother jUmped out at me and I had to roll over, jump up and run
like hell. It stopped chase after about 6 feet. Once you let the baby go, the Mother usually stops chase.
I like to spearfish in the ocean and every once in a while a shark will get scent of the fish/lobster in my bag. It fortunately tugs on the net, not
my flipper though you could imagine the shOck when your 20 feet off the bottom, feel a tug, (knowing your far off the bottom from the coral beds), and
turn around and see the eyes of shark close up tugging on your net
Very cold eyes my friends, very Cold. Anyhow, if you poke them gently on the
edge of their nose with the spear they usually back off. Had 3 occasions where the sharks pulled at my net. One time an octopus had grabbed one of
my fish I had just speared and when I went to grab it, it stuck on wrapped it's arms around my hand, spear gun and while I'm trying to get it off with
the other hand, it suctions my Other hand, lOl, then a shark came, saw I was having some 'difficulty' and took advantage by grabbing my net of fish on
the seabed and started thrashing it around side to side. I freed one hand from the octopus and swam toward the shark poking it in the top of the
nose. It was persistent, I had to poke him again a lil harder. He finally backed off though followed me all the way back to the shore. I usually
spearfish alone from the shoreline 300 meters off the coast so I had a long trip back with a shark on my arse. Whooeee, that was something else. Oh
yeah, couldn't get the octopus off my hand/spear which had wrapped around them both so I had to swim back with the octopus wrapped around my
hand/spear with the shark on my tail. hahaha
Was once scube diving off the coast of Sur de Baja Mexico at the island of
and was swimming amongst a glimmering school of sardines when a family of sea lions began swarming around myself and the school. Just
prior to this, I had snuck up from the water and touched one of the babies and the alpha male had seen me. That's when I slowly submerged back in the
depths. The alpha male had followed me along with the rest of the family of 6 or 7. So yes, another adrenaline moment especially as it began
swimming in circles around me in artful liquidic motion until it turned directly at me and jolted straight AT me, roared within an inches of my face
where I could see all it's huge canine teeth though only for a brief moment in a flash it went turned and passed just past me causing me to swirl in
the water a half turn from the velocity. From then on, I knew first hand why they call it the Lion of the Sea. It looked just like a lion when it
roared. After the dive, I rejoined the other divers on the boat and we headed back to shor and came upon a family of 4 pilot whales. We got inline
with them and a few of us were able to jump in just ahead of them and swim with them for around a minute as they can mooove deceptively fast while
appearing in slow motion. That would have to be the most intense dive ever though there were many, many others.
Most odd experience was witnessing what appeared to be a comet or meteor shooting down in to the jungle just ahead of me though there was no noise.
You know what that means. It was more of a 10 foot round objectt of which I saw during the day.....as an orb.....though most orbs are seen.....as a
glow in the night.
I prefer the jungle on land for many reasons as it's full of extra
Looking forward to the next campfire, With the smoke.
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