Don't get me wrong, in my youth, if there was a show like GatorBoys on TV, I so woulda dropped out of college to go catch wild gators with my hands.
I have a kid now, so if there's something dangerous around, I'll be keeping my eyes on it (and any more that might sneak up on me) vs. looking through the viewfinder.
BTW, did you see the guy with the 7D when Paul got bit in the head by an Alligator?
Yes, that was interesting to see the guy with the 7D, and quite alarming to see the gator chomp down on Paul's head. And he just laughs it off...My rule is NOT to swim in any un-chlorinated body of fresh water in Florida, personally. On land you have a chance, but in the water, unless you're Paul, you're screwed.
LOL...i hear that as long as you stay to their side you're pretty safe...but next time try using an 8-15mm fisheye and get closer!!
I've never heard that one, but the last one I shot let me know he didn't like me being too close by letting out a loud hiss when I got about 20 feet away (see below):
He was a little guy - about 6-7 feet, which are by far the most dangerous because they are really fast and more than powerful enough to take off limbs, or otherwise maim and kill you. The big guys like the one in my post above are slower and don't consider you a threat. Here's the biggest one I've seen - the rangers say he's 14 feet long - and yes, that's a little 6-8 foot female next to him!