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Monday, May 3, 2010
A Salty Gator!
From the Sun Sentinel:
Diver has rare gator encounter -- on an ocean reef
Posted by Barbara Hijek on May 2, 2010 07:55 AM
Laz Ruda , a South Florida photographer, recently captured a rare sight on camera in the Atlantic Ocean off Palm Beach: an American alligator in a reef about a mile offshore.
Gators are routinely found in freshwater lakes and rivers, although they can tolerate salt water, but only for a short span of time, reports wpbf.com
Ruda said he was 60 feet below the ocean's surface when he saw the alligator. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was called out to investigate, but the alligator had swum away by then and could not be found, reports wpbf.com.
A University of Georgia website called EcoView states that alligators leave freshwater habitats to travel overland during droughts, in search of mates, and to avoid confrontations with larger male alligators. They will enter saltwater habitats on occasion and have even been found a mile or more out to sea. They do not live in the ocean but can tolerate saltwater for hours or maybe days without a problem.
Watch the salt water alligator video encounter on Ruda's website TheLivingSea.com.
Photo: Laz Ruda -- TheLivingSea.com