Every spring, there is a deluge of inquiries from kayakers on what steps to take in case of an attack from a shark or an encounter with an alligator or other dangerous animals. This write-up is an informed response to these concerns. Here, you will learn about predators to look out for while kayaking.
Of course, you already know these are hazardous animals. Crocodiles can be seen in certain parts of Florida, Central, and South America, Mexico, Southeast Asia, Africa and Australia. American species of these predators are endangered; thus they are small and few in population.
The rest of the crocodile species currently face the risk going extinct. In this article, the crocodile of most importance is the one with unique glands in their tongues, which have the ability to filter excess salt. This ability allows them to live in brackish water or saltwater habitats — that are also enjoyable destinations explored by kayak. It is pertinent to note that crocodiles do not pursue their prey. But they launch their attack very quickly from a stationary start. Because they have glands that can filter salt, they travel live in various habitats and travel by sea.
These predators also possess special glands; however, they do not work optimally.For this reason, gators can be found majorly in slow-moving rivers, in grassy swamps.They live in the southern regions of the US and the eastern part of China. It is a rare sight to come across a female alligator —called a cow — to grow up to nine feet. 14 feet is the record height of one of the biggest males (bulls) of these animals. In the past, alligators had faced the risk of extinction; however, in modern they now have stable populations.The wide mouth of the predators see to it that their prey is stupefied; the animal then jockeys it about, in a bid to eat it efficiently. Crocodiles and Alligators alike possess amazing hearing; this is why one may hear a splash off into the water before one sees the predator.
Indeed, these are saltwater creatures. The ocean is the habitat of four hundred shark species all around the world. But there is an exception: the Bull shark. Thirty species of this powerful predator have been known to launch attacks on humans; however, it is difficult identifying the majority of them. The reality is that any shark that is powerful and big enough can inflict a wound on an individual.
Top aggressive offenders here are a Great White shark (that grows within 10 feet – 14 feet at maturity, with a maximum height of 22.3 feet), Tiger shark (10 feet – 14 feet) and Bull shark (average height of 7.3 feet in males and 7.8 feet in females). In a number of reported attacks on humans, the tiger shark only trails behind the white shark.
These are few of the animals to look out for while kayaking. You can gather further information about these animals and others not mentioned so that you can kayak with confidence.