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melproffit

Rinca Island, Indonesia 2019

 

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melproffit

Costa Rica 2016

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melproffit

Seychelles 2017

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jeffb

In November 2016 we visited Florida and made a few trips into the Everglades National Park. In the Shark Valley area we watched an American alligator who had a turtle (Florida red-bellied cooter, I believe) in his mouth. The turtle made several attempts to escape but never got quite free of the alligator's jaws. We watched for 10-15 minutes but the alligator made no attempt to actually eat the turtle before we had to leave.

 


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Dave Williams

@jeffb interesting shot. I guess the alligator has enough pressure with it's bite to crack open the terrapin's shell?

By coincidence, the Everglades NP was the place that rekindled my interest in wildlife as I stood and watched an Egret with a fish in it's bill. It too spent an age trying to turn the fish so it could be swallowed but after what seemed like forever it eventually lost the fish who lived to fight anther day. I'd love to go back one day but I read somewhere recently that the reduction in wildlife has been quite dramatic in the last 20 years since I visited.

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jeffb

@Dave Williams  I assume it does, or else I suppose it eventually gave up and let the turtle go.

 

I don't know what the Everglades were like 20 years ago, but the increased visitor traffic and loss of fresh water input has certainly had a major impact. Not to mention the burmese pythons which are devastating a number of mammalian species. Its still very interesting and definitely worth a visit if you're in Florida.

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