John Mayer's Real Estate Blog: Speechless Sundays - The Real Green Gator River

Speechless Sundays - The Real Green Gator River

My wife Marla took these 6mp shots of the waterway that surrounds Jungle Adventures near Titusville, Florida. The 200 gators ate all the fish who eat the vegetation and this is what you get. Green duckweed soup! Please note: This is NOT typical Florida water. It's an enclosed ecosystem in a Roadside Attraction.

The Real Green River

Notice not one bird is wading in the water? They must sense a gator under all that slop and don't want to become lunch.

The Real Green River

No swimming in the ole gator hole!

The Real Green River

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Comment balloon 22 commentsJohn Mayer • May 31 2010 12:06AM

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I hope no one tries to swim there. If so, they would be better to be removed from the gene pool. looks peaceful and dangerous. nice pics.

Posted by Bryan Watkins (LRA Real Estate Group) over 10 years ago

Thanks for sharing your Go Green picture with us today. No gators for me

Posted by Harry F. D'Elia III, Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR (RentVest) over 10 years ago

Bryan - It's all fenced off but you have to be vigilent. The gators are well fed and lazy for the most part.

Harry - Are you sure you don't want to feed a gator? :-)

Jungle Adventures

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 10 years ago

Yikes!!!

Posted by Samantha Davault, Fort Worth, TX (Alexander Chandler Realty) over 10 years ago

Samantha - Grizzly bears are scary too! :-) Isn't nature grand?

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 10 years ago

I assume gators are protected in Florida.  Maybe they should be "managed" instead.

I have come across them there on what I thought to be pretty dry land.  They are not just in ponds.

Posted by Jim Hale, Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website (ACTIONAGENTS.NET) over 10 years ago

There for a minute I thought you were having a late St. Patrick's Day celebration.

Posted by Jim Hale, Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website (ACTIONAGENTS.NET) over 10 years ago

John - There you go again promoting typical stereotypes of Florida to us Canadian snowbirds and tourists.  Are you going to be promoting swampland on your next post? :)

Posted by FN LN over 10 years ago

Jim - You're just thinking about green beer :-) We have an open season for gators in Florida and nuisance chompers end up as dinner in a local restaurant.

Marc - This water is not typical. It's in an enclosed roadside attraction called Jungle Adventures and they just have too many gators there for the tourists. That's a good idea for a post - "Florida Swampland - CHEAP!"

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 10 years ago

I am glad you explained that the water was not typical for Florida, as I was reading the post I was wondering how many areas looked like that. 

Posted by Diane Williams over 10 years ago

Diane - You're right, I should have explained. This is more typical. At least you can see them coming! :-)

Brevard Zoo, Florida

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 10 years ago

Smart birds, I'd say John! The first photo looks almost monochromatic with the green hue of the water.

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Red Rock Real Estate) over 10 years ago

John, great photo, and thanks for the explanation!  Absolutely love the sign!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) over 10 years ago

John,

Looks like slim pickings for the Ibis that are just standing around. It is green. :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 10 years ago

I love your gators and your birds.  Great photos!!

Posted by Marlene Hoffman - Naples Beach Condos (Downing-Frye Realty, Inc.) over 10 years ago

John, I think the most dangerous things I have to worry about here are a few coyotes and the occasional cottonmouth.  Those I can deal with...my cousin had a 4 foot gator living in the pond in his back yard in Florida that's a little more scary. 

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL) over 10 years ago

Wanda - I agree, those birds aren't birdbrains. The scene is unusual isn't it?

Tony and Darcy - You won't catch me swimming in there!

Steve - I think the birds do alright. There's plenty to eat in safer places.

Marlene - Gators are good. They taste like chicken! :-)

Nick - Heck, the "Florida Crackers" (locals) rassell those tiny 4 footers for fun!

Here's a shot of the park entrance. It's one of the last true Florida roadside attractions. That's me with "Swampy the Gator".

Jungle Adventures

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 10 years ago

LOL. Looks familiar... like my whole life!  he he. Would you believe we used to go swimming in a sulfur spring that was covered with that green stuff all the time? Thankfully the gators didn't like the sulfur. But they were certainly in the river when we ski'd!  Psh. Gators shmators! LOL!

Posted by Lisa Hill, Daytona Beach Real Estate (Florida Property Experts) over 10 years ago

Lisa - Gators are just a part of living here in Florida and as you know, they usually just go on about their business. Now that you mention it, I think there was sulpher in the water. You were a brave girl skiing with gators!

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 10 years ago

Thanks for the smile...I loved the photos, especially the one warning off the tourists!  lol

Cheron

Posted by Michael and Cheron Lange, Associate Broker, GRI (Solutions Real Estate) over 10 years ago

     Great photos John. I grew up on a big lake outside of Gainesville and east of 301 and Waldo. When I lived there (mostly late '40's to early '60's),  we lived in one of only 4 homes built on the lake. Our frame house was built out over the water on pilings and the wrap around deck was our back porch along with a dock.We had steps to go down into the water to swim. But first, Momma would go down the steps with her gun to see if there weer any snakes on the pilings. If so, she shot them.  And then, we would kick and splash to scare the gators away. This was the early '50's and they tended to shy away  And like all of Florida, the gators now know that noise means FOOD... maybe!, since there was so much else for them to do. They KNEW People = TROUBLE!. Times have changed. Now Lake Alto has a lot more residences as well as a park and canal.  We had french windows all around and never had or needed curtains in the early years, but that has changed too! We fished and boated, swam and skiied without concern and many times without adults.

Posted by Pat Argo, CRS (Keller Williams Realty of Brevard) over 10 years ago

Cheron - Glad I put a smile on your face :-)

Pat - You truly are a "Florida Cracker"! Things have definitely changed since then. You should create a post with some old photos. I know you would get a lot of visitors and comments.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) over 10 years ago

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