What Kind of Creatures are Lurking in the Chattahoochee? - WRBL

What Kind of Creatures are Lurking in the Chattahoochee?

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

Experts say if you were in the jaws of an alligator and trying to get out, it would be like trying to lift a pickup truck off of yourself. With alligator sightings as close as 2 miles from the Whitewater course, these deadly creatures have some people concerned about Whitewater rafting, but officials say there isn't much people should worry about.

"We rarely see gators up this far," said Cpl. Mitch Oliver of the Department of Natural Resources. "They're going to stay south on the river."

Taylor says gators don't prefer all the noise that comes with Whitewater rafting. Dr. George Stanton, the Executive Director of Oxbow Meadows, agrees with Oliver, but says that doesn't mean you won't see any.

"If alligators came into the area, they would be down at the bottom seeing what comes up out of Whitewater."

And what comes up at the bottom of Whitewater is people, but Stanton says as long as you don't bother them, they won't bother you.

"If you don't come up and surprise them or try and grab them, then you'd be fine."

There are also signs directing people not to feed the alligators. Officials say if you feed the alligators, they'll start to move farther north toward Whitewater because they'll start to view people as a source of their food.

Stanton says another dangerous creatures residing in the Chattahoochee River is water moccasins, but like alligators, they tend to avoid people and stay away from swift waters.

Officials say if you see an alligator near the Whitewater course, call the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

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