But what about alligators?
This is the number one question
we're asked at Canoe Escape by visitors to Florida.
Alligators are a real curiosity to see. They are a reclusive
reptile. Usually you see them sunning on a log or on the bank.
Occasionally you see them swimming. If you paddle too close
to them, their instinct is to go under the water to hide. Under
ordinary circumstances alligators don't attack canoes or kayaks.
In fact in the over eighteen years Canoe Escape has been in
business, this has not happened. You should always respect the
ecosystem you are in however. The Wilderness Park is a cypress
swamp and the alligator's home. Therefore, this is not a swimming-type
canoe trip. It is a wildlife observation trip. We like to tell
our paddlers that after they see their first half-dozen alligators
it's no big deal. All joking aside though, anytime you are entering
any wilderness area whether it's to paddle, hike, bike, or horseback
ride, it's important to understand the risks, weigh them against
the potential rewards, and make an informed decision. We are
fortunate that so many folks choose Canoe Escape to get a closeup
view of Florida's unique wildlife.
Alligators are a protected species in Florida. It is against the law to feed or
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