Look, I don’t spend much time out kayaking through the coastal rivers of North Carolina, but after this, I don’t really plan to.
Experienced kayaker Peter Joyce was out paddling down the Waccamaw River recently when out of nowhere, his kayak was charged by a hungry gator. The gator hit so hard that it knocked the kayak over, except Joyce was able to grab hold of a branch to keep it from completely tipping upside down.
“I thought I heard a fish jump to my left, turned out not to be a fish. About three feet from the kayak I made out the head of the gator and that was it, I had no time to react… My mind was playing catch-up at that point. Basically, when I made out the head of the gator towards the front end of the kayak it was kind of just a state of shock. As soon as it hit the kayak and I went what just happened? If it hit and there was nothing to grab on the right side of me, I would have inverted… It could’ve been a lot worse.”
Just the eerie calm of the river prior to the attack was enough to give me the willies.
And props to Joyce for having the stone to paddle his way into the gator’s kitchen. As for me, I’m gonna stay over here on dry land…