About 20 years ago, I was lying out near the lagoon in Matheson Hammock, on the grass. It was a weekday, I thought I was alone. A couple came up to me and said, "We don't want to bother you, but you're in his spot." I looked up and a 10 foot alligator was staring at me from the water, a few feet away. I was actually in a dug out sandy spot under a palm tree, among all the grass, which he must have dug out as his spot. I got up and ran. Luckily those people were there to warn me. There were signs that said, "Do not feed the alligators," but I thought it was a fun sign for tourists, didn't realize they were living in the main lagoon. So even if there were warning signs at Disney, I wonder if people would have thought it was a cute Disney sign warning them about alligators, just as a fun thing and not as a real danger.
I went back the next day with two friends to look for him, I was told his name was "Big Joe." He was there and one of my friends would go back often to feed him bread, which is a stupid thing to do because then they get used to humans and rely on them for food.
There are still gators in the lagoon.
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