Humans are generally wary of large predators like alligators and crocodiles – thanks to the numerous movies and video clips that depict them as savage, man-eating carnivores. That is why when a certain giant alligator nonchalantly sauntered around a wildlife reserve in Florida in the United States, many were inevitably awed.
Kim Joiner was able to capture the anxiety-inducing moment when Humpback walked right past her. Estimating its length at around 12-feet, she confirmed feeling a bit “nervous” as the large ‘gator passed by.
Meet “Humpback,” an unbelievably enormous alligator that was spotted strolling around Circle B Bar Reserve in Polk County, Florida.
Due to Humpback’s size, many thought that the video is a hoax. However, Joiner stood firm that she did not use any program to alter the video. Her claim was backed by Rick Shine, an evolutionary biologist from the University of Australia, who said that the video seemed to be genuine. He also added that alligators can grow bigger than what we actually think. In fact, the longest officially-measured alligator was caught in Alabama in 2014, measuring at an impressive 14 feet and 9.25 inches.
In an interview with ScienceAlert, Shine further added:
“The average male American alligator is around 4 metres (13 feet) long, and there are occasional records of them getting well over 5 metres (16.4 feet).
“You’re talking about an animal that’s going to weigh 500 kg (1,100 pounds) – this is a huge reptile.
“I think there’s no doubt that good old Humpback is male. But you can’t estimate actual size of the animal because it’s much closer to the camera than the tourists – you could make a small lizard look gigantic in this way.”
Watch the video here:
But we still wonder, aren’t alligators dangerous?
“The co-existence of alligators and people in the American southeast is just extraordinary. Every once in a while someone does get taken, but it’s a very rare occurrence. Alligators really do not seem to be very interested in people as food.”
He further mentioned that alligators prefer to eat smaller animals like fish and rats, and only occasionally feed on larger animals such as deer. Shine also mentioned that when alligators snag humans, it is often a mistake, or as dreadful as it may sound, maybe the human is just at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Alligators have long inhabited marshes, swamps, and rivers in Florida. And, with the massive increase in human population in the area, the frequency of interactions between man and alligators, and the potential conflict that might come along with it, also increased.
Scientists Use Robotic Baby Monkey to See How A Troop Of Monkeys React
A fake baby monkey with camera infiltrates a crew of Langur monkeys.
In a new BBC show called Spy in the Wild, the secret life of wild animals was captured using robotic animals fitted with ultra high definition cameras. The results give us amazing glimpse of the most intimate, thrilling and remarkable scenes ever witnessed in nature.
In this particular video, Spy in the Wild follows a fake baby monkey with camera eyes as it infiltrates a crew of Langur monkeys.
The curious monkeys take their turns inspecting the weird animal. Until one clumsy monkey drops the robot and then they all think it's dead. Then they gather around and have a little wake for the accidental death of the poor 'baby'....
Take a Selfie While Riding a Lion at the World’s Most Dangerous Zoo
Selfie with a lion and a bear, anyone?
If you're looking for adventure and adrenaline rush, you might want to check out the most dangerous zoo in the world where visitors are allowed to pet lions and take a selfie with a bear. Heck, you can even cuddle them if you want to!
The Lujan Zoo located near Buenos Aires allows tourists to pet wild animals like this one.
For about $50, you can walk into a cage of lions. Pat them, cuddle or take photos of them if you will. It’s all up to you. Have you been to any other zoo that will allow you to do this? Even the kids are allowed to be in the same cage with these wild animals. ...
Rare Footage of Ruby Seadragon in Its Natural Habitat
The elusive Ruby Seadragon has never been spotted alive in its natural habitat – until now, that is!
The Ruby Seadragon (Phyllopteryx dewysea) is a seahorse-like specie of fish that live in different locations off the coast of Western Australia. They live in the deeper waters of the ocean, which is mostly dominated by sponges.
The Ruby Seadragon can grow up to a length of 15cm and its most distinct characteristic is its bright red color and lack of elaborate appendages common to other species. Another less obvious characteristic of the Ruby Seadragon is its curled tail which can't be found in two other seadragon species.
This is what a Ruby Seadragon looks like. Notice how its appendages are less obvious as compared to other seadragon species?
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