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Mark Seth Lender | Salt Marsh Diary

Alligators don’t need Waders

bull alligator bellowin smd 75f28404 Alligators dont need Waders

When a bull gator bellows, he creates 2 tones.  The first is the one we hear.  The one that’s making the water dance is subsonic.  Only male alligators have that double-tone bellow. Other alligators know, because they are hearing two tones, it’s a male who’s bellowing. In the bellow, they rise up out of the water, inhale deeply, and sing out.  One starts, and soon the others follow.  I shot this photo at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park.   The park was established in 1893, and in its current iteration is more a preserve than a park and was never a ‘farm.’  I was two to 10 feet away from these animals and they surprised me with the differences in personality. An unexpected intelligence lurks there.  And I say “lurk” with a reason…

Comments (1)

thewildmagnoliaMay 21st, 2011 at 11:11 am

Hello! You are in my Florida now! I love St. Augustine old souls live there.

I grew up in Venice Florida and used to swim at Oscar Shearer State Park,. and gators were sometimes in the pond. One summer a teenaged girl jumped off the wood float on top of a gator. It was horrible! I never swam there again, I never went to Oscar Shearer again.

Gators are a part of Florida and if you keep your distance it will be ok. Be safe…don’t tempt the gators! : )

Wishing you the best of everything. I pray the money for your project comes in quickly!

Blessings, magnolia

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