Jun 25, 2011

Gators drop down rung of food chain

It's not often you see a gator this big ...

Or come to think of it  any size at all  on Naples Beach.

I was a scavenger of this sand sculpture ...
Let alone with a fish in his mouth!

Gators of course are freshwater creatures.

Somebody else carved it,
but I came in afterwards to take the photo.
Downstream in the brackish waters of the mangroves you'll find crocodiles, or a few of them at least. I recently saw my first one on a tidal portion of the Tamiami Trail Canal. It caused quite a crowd, as many passing motorists had stopped to take a look.

By the time I got there all I head was a splash:

It had just attacked and killed a four foot gator.


swampbuggy said...

Every now and then they stroll into salt water.
Here is a link to a beach gator in Marco.

Ciss B said...

Cool sand sculpture! The fish is quite the addition!

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Interesting article, and good explanation how it happened in spring. I vaguely remember a similar situation with an alligator floating just off the beach up in Naples, but that was many years ago.