After boy's death at Disney, alligators are still in the water near resort

It was the tragedy that stunned America when an alligator snatched 2-year-old Lane Graves at a Disney World resort in June.

Read: Another Boy Photographed Playing in the Same Spot at Lane Graves 30 Minutes Prior to Alligator Attack

Now, three months later, Disney has taken steps to make sure something like Graves' death can never happen again.

Signs have been posted warning of the presence of gators at all Disney World waterways and public beaches. Fences have also been erected.

But what happened to the alligators that roamed the moats and some of the bodies of water around the park?

Social reactions to the fatal incident:

Social reaction to death of 2-year-old boy killed by alligator at Disney resort
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Lane Graves, 2 Rest In Peace, little man.
This is so tragic. And in Orlando too! 😓
That poor baby at Disney :(
3rd tragedy in #Orlando. #Disney resort, Alligator snatches child, persumed dead. #God be with those mourning. #Tragic .
My prayers go out to the family that lost their baby to the Alligator in Disney World. That's so traumatizing 😪.
A 2 year old was dragged into the lakes at walt Disney world by a alligator in Orlando . So heartbreaking omg😢💔
I couldn't even begin imagine... -Alligator grabs toddler, drags him into lagoon at Disney hotel, police say
My heart goes out to the British family at Disney resort, who's two year old baby has been grabbed by a alligator.. Shocking #DisneyOrlando
that little boy in disney noooo 😢
If ANYONE wants to blame those poor parents in the alligator incident at Disney, talk to me.They did the same thing I've done w/my kids.
Woke up to the news about that poor 2 yearold at Disney and the comments from the horrible soulless people saying the patents deserve it WTF
Orlando cannot seem to catch a break. 😔 Praying for the family who just lost their 2yr old to an alligator at Disney. 💔

To find out, Inside Edition searched with alligator expert Daniel Marchand.

We boarded a pontoon boat at the Seven Seas Lagoon — the same body of water where Lane lost his life.

The Graves family was staying at the Grand Floridian Hotel when the boy was snatched as he waded in ankle-deep water on the hotel's beach.

Inside Edition's Lisa Guerrero asked Marchand, "The hotel behind us is where the attack took place. What do you think was going on when that little boy was taken?"

"Well the conditions were right in that the sun had gone down, and the small boy was in the water," he replied. "To an alligator that just looks like a raccoon or a possum. A small prey. So unfortunately the alligator made a mistake and grabbed that child."

Marchand says no matter what steps Disney World takes, there is always a risk that gators will be in their waterways.

RELATED: Check out the deadliest animals in the world in the gallery below

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The world's deadliest animals

15. Sharks - 6 deaths a year

Shark attacks are pretty rare. In 2014, there were just three deaths globally related to shark attacks, and in 2015, there were six, which is about the average. 

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14. Wolves - 10 deaths a year

Wolf attacks are not common in many parts of the world where wolves live. A review of wolf attacks found that very few happened in the 50 years leading up to 2002 in Europe and North America, though there were a few hundred reported over the course of two decades in some regions of India, averaging out to close to 10 per year.

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13. Lions - 22+ deaths a year

Estimates for lion-related deaths also vary year-to-year. A 2005 study found that since 1990, lions have killed 563 people in Tanzania alone, an average of about 22 a year. Additional deaths likely occur outside of Tanzania, but it's difficult to find a concrete global number. 

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12. Elephants - 500 deaths a year

Elephants are also responsible for a number of deaths per year — a 2005 National Geographic article said that 500 people a year are killed in elephant attacks. Far more elephants have been killed by people.

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11. Hippopotamuses - 500 deaths a year

For a long time, hippos were considered the most deadly animal in Africa. Hippos are known for being aggressive toward humans, including tipping over boats.

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10. Crocodiles - 1,000 deaths a year

Crocodiles are now considered the large animal responsible for the most human deaths in Africa, according to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, though concrete numbers are tricky to gather.

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9. Tapeworms - 700 deaths a year

Moving to parasites, the tapeworm is responsible for an infection called cysticerosis that kills an estimated 700 people a year. 

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8. Ascaris roundworms - 4,500 deaths a year

The Ascaris roundworm leads to an infection called aschariasis that kills an estimated 4,500 people a year, according to a 2013 study. The WHO notes that the infection takes place in people's small intestine, and it's a disease that affects more children than adults.

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7. Freshwater snails - 20,000+ deaths a year

The freshwater snail carries parasitic worms that infect people with a disease called schistosomiasis that can cause intense abdominal pain and blood in the stool or urine, depending on the area that's affected. Millions of people contract the infection, and the WHO estimates that anywhere between 20,000 and 200,000 deaths can be attributed to schistosomiasis. 

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6. Assassin bugs - 12,000 deaths a year

The assassin bug, also called the kissing bug, is responsible for carrying Chagas disease, which  kills about 12,000 people a year on average. Chagas disease is a parasitic infection passed by the bug, which got its nickname by biting people on the face.


5. Tsetse flies - 10,000 deaths a year

The tsetse fly transmits a disease called sleeping sickness, a parasitic infection that at first can lead to headaches, fever, joint pain, and itchiness, but later can lead to some serious neurological problems. The number of deaths has been decreasing. With about 10,000 new cases now reported each year, the estimated number of annual deaths is likely on the decline as well.

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4. Dogs - 35,000 deaths a year

Dogs — specifically dogs infected by the rabies virus — are one of the deadliest animals out there, though the virus can be prevented using vaccines. About 35,000 deaths can be attributed to rabies, and of those cases, 99% are caused by dogs, according to WHO.

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3. Snakes - 100,000 deaths a year

Snake bites kill more than 100,000 people a year as of 2015. Worse still, there's a troubling shortage of an essential antivenom.

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2. Humans: 437,000 deaths a year

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, there were about 437,000 homicides in 2012, making humans the second most deadly animal (and the deadliest mammal) to humans. We are not quite our own worst enemy — but we're pretty close.

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1. Mosquitoes: 750,000 deaths a year

 Mosquitoes — the pesky bugs that suck blood and transmit viruses from person to person — are responsible for the most animal-related deaths.

Malaria by itself is responsible for more than half of mosquito-related deaths, predominantly in sub-Saharan Africa, though it's on the decline: The incidence of malaria fell by 37% between 2000 and 2015, according to the World Health Organization.

Dengue fever, another mosquito-borne disease, has become a leading cause ofhospitalization and death among children in some Asian and Latin-American countries.

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"I'm guaranteeing you that we could find an alligator in this water," Marchand said. "This is Florida."

They explored the waterways inside the Magic Kingdom near the famous Splash Mountain ride. Disney guests have spotted gators here before the Lane Graves tragedy and posted the videos online.

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As night fell, Marchand began using a process called spotlighting where you use a light that reflects off gators eyes.

That's when he discovered a number of juvenile alligators ranging in length from two to three feet. The reptiles were living in a canal just behind the Grand Floridian Resort, and in a direct link to the Seven Seas Lagoon.

"If we have several in this canal, there's at least a few in that body of water, that main lake, currently right now at the Grand Floridian Hotel," he said.

Earlier in September, mourners came together on what would have been his third birthday.

His heartbroken mother addressed the crowd: "You'll always be mommy's loving, sweet, baby boy. We miss you, buddy, and we miss those hugs and kisses."

Disney World has not responded to our requests for comment.

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