Florida is a special place.
There’s beautiful beaches, the Daytona 500, Disney World, a dude on bath salts eating people’s faces… and gators… LOTS of gators.
In fact, Florida is packed with wildlife from the oceans and swamps, to the inlands lake and forests. In addition to alligators, you can find dolphins, manatees, snakes, turtles, panthers, black bears and countless bird species like flamingos.
Of course, the alligators are really the bread and butter of the state, with estimates of over a million present in the Sunshine State.
And this one will make you think twice about getting in the water…
Kayla Jane of Kayla Jane’s Crystal Kayaks shared some footage to Facebook from Florida’s Silver Springs, a popular tourist attraction in Central Florida.
In the video, we can a gator affectionately named Big Head Fred, who just so happens to be chomping on a smaller gator.
It looks like it might be all over for this poor fella, but any doubts are immediately quashed when Fred lifts him high up into the air and viscously slams him down on the shores of the bank.
Like a WWE finishing move, this sucker was absolutely wrecked… all I could think about was getting rag dolled by a water dinosaur.
“Big head Fred is back at it again, eating another alligator.”
And later, Kayla and company stumbled upon the aftermath.
Meet No Head Ted…
“The aftermath of my last video, Big Head Fred made a No Head Ted.”
Alligator Picks Drone Out Of Mid Air
You can’t make this stuff up…
Alligators are known to eat the odd strange thing. Anytime they slice one open they inevitably find a wild amount of stuff inside. We’re talking dog collars, car parts, bullets, thousand-year-old arrow heads and sometimes, even human remains…
They also indulge in the odd bit of garbage eating. That should be enough to scare you off of these creatures. Anything that can swallow trash is definitely capable of chewing up a human.
Gators are incredible predators that strike with speed in short bursts trying to use the element of surprise.
This fella found that out the hard way when he flew his drone in trying to get some good shots.
Out of nowhere the gator leaps up and grabs the drone flying above him in the air. Onlookers watched as the gator tries to scarf the drone down, but after a few good chomps the drone starts smoking very badly as everyone yells at the gator to stop.
The gator just doesn’t care though, it keeps on chewing with the smoke coming out like there’s a fire lit in his stomach. I mean, it looked like a literal fire breathing dragon…
Yup, that’s how tough these prehistoric beasts are… they will swallow a drone that’s nearly on fire and not think twice about it.
What’s Found Inside An Alligator?
Alligators are one of those animals that will eat just about anything.
Like I’ve said before, if it’s edible they’ll eat it. If its not edible, they still might eat it.
That theory was proved correct by the stomach contents of two real big alligators recently taken by a hunters in Mississippi. Fortunately this time, the gators list of previous meals did not include a photography drone or any spark-plugs or disappearing dogs.
The big reptiles did have some interesting artifacts hidden deep inside their guts though.
According to the Mississippi Clarion Ledger, Shane Smith, the owner of Red Antler Processing in Yazoo, City Mississippi had heard legends of the biggest gators usually having unusual items in their stomachs so he decided to take a closer look.
“We have been cutting into a few big gators to see what was in their stomach, everyone so far has had something cool in it. The 13 foot 5 inch gator brought in by John Hamilton today, produced the shock of the year!”
Inside of the first 13-foot 5-inch, 750-pound gator, he wound up finding a few objects he knew seemed unnatural, but he was unable to identify exactly what they were so he took photos and sought consultation with an expert.
He was shocked when he learned what he had found.
The Mississippi Department of Mapping and Environmental Quality determined that the broken stone arrowhead he discovered was actually a dart point from an atlatl. The relic dates back to 5,000 and 6,000 BC.
Atlatls are primitive weapons that launch spears with more velocity than humans can normally throw them otherwise.
The cupped shape on the upper end of point acts a lever to increase the speed of the spear is a telltale sign of arrowhead for an atlatl spear.
Inside of the gator was also another ancient artifact known as a plummet. Researchers have been unable to determine exactly what plummets were used for but they are made from iron oxide and closely resemble lead weights. The particular plummet inside of this gator is estimated to be about 3,800 years old.
Smith also examined the stomach contents of the second big gator.
The 13-foot 2-inch, 787-pound gator had an unused bullet inside of its gut.
“We found a bullet in it, and it had not been fired from a gun.
I don’t know how it got in there.”
Ricky Flynt, the Alligator Program Coordinator with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks confirmed that that gators oftentimes incidentally ingest random items off the bottom of rivers, ponds, and sloughs while they take in small rocks and other objects to line their stomachs and aid in digestion.
“Alligators, like other animals such as birds and other reptiles, are known for ingesting grit and rocks to help with digestion. We know alligators and crocodiles do that.
Sticks, wood, things they can’t digest get into their stomachs. I found a piece of cypress in an alligator’s stomach that was 15 inches long.”
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Kayaker Charged By Alligator In North Carolina
Oh, hell no…
Look, I don’t spend much time out kayaking through the coastal rivers of North Carolina, but after this, I don’t really plan to.
Experienced kayaker Peter Joyce was out paddling down the Waccamaw River recently when out of nowhere, his kayak was charged by a hungry gator.
The gator hit so hard that it knocked the kayak over, except Joyce was able to grab hold of a branch to keep it from completely tipping upside down.
He shared his experience with WECT:
“I thought I heard a fish jump to my left, turned out not to be a fish. About three feet from the kayak I made out the head of the gator and that was it, I had no time to react.
My mind was playing catch-up at that point. Basically, when I made out the head of the gator towards the front end of the kayak it was kind of just a state of shock.
As soon as it hit the kayak and I went what just happened? If it hit and there was nothing to grab on the right side of me, I would have inverted… It could’ve been a lot worse.”
Just the eerie calm of the river prior to the attack was enough to give me the willies.
And props to Joyce for having the stone to paddle his way into the gator’s kitchen.
As for me, I’m gonna stay over here on dry land…