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South Fla. Man Snaps Rare Pictures Of Gator In Ocean
WPBF ^ | April 30, 2010

Posted on 05/02/2010 4:42:22 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Photographer Says Gators Can't Tolerate Salt Water For Long

A South Florida photographer recently captured a rare sight on camera in the Atlantic Ocean off Palm Beach. Laz Ruda photographed an American alligator in a reef about a mile offshore.

Regularly found in freshwater lakes and rivers, alligators can tolerate salt water, but only for a short span of time. The salt glands on the American alligator are nonfunctional, unlike that of the American crocodile, according to Ruda's website, TheLivingSea.com.

Ruda said he was 60 feet below the ocean's surface when he saw the alligator.

"As I cruised along the sand, from the hazy distance I could see a dark shadow," Ruda writes. "Not being able to discern its shape too well, I thought to myself, 'Holy cow! That's a huge stingray.'"

Ruda said when he got closer, he couldn't believe his eyes.

"This creature was so out of place that I thought it was nothing more than a well-planned out hoax by my good friends," he said.

Ruda was able to switch between still shots to high-definition video.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was called out to investigate, but the alligator had swam away by then and could not be found.

Ruda said FWC officials told him that gators will sometimes make their way out to the ocean, but if they stay out too long, they will lose their sight due to the salt water and eventually starve to death.


TOPICS: Hobbies; Outdoors; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: alligator

1 posted on 05/02/2010 4:42:23 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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2 posted on 05/02/2010 4:43:31 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

there was a series of pictures in the Tampa Trib a half a lifetime ago showing a gator successfully scaling a 6’ chain-link fence.


3 posted on 05/02/2010 4:45:52 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (?)
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To: nickcarraway

I’ve seen them in the bay or in the surf several times but it isn’t common.


4 posted on 05/02/2010 4:46:30 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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To: nickcarraway

Interesting friends he must have if he thought they were pulling a joke on him.


5 posted on 05/02/2010 4:46:41 PM PDT by machogirl (First they came for my tagline.)
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To: nickcarraway


6 posted on 05/02/2010 4:46:43 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: nickcarraway

The poor Gator was probably blind and near death when photographed.


7 posted on 05/02/2010 4:48:36 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember ("Subtlety is not going to win this fight": NJ Governor Chris Christie)
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To: nickcarraway

If that’s the picture, that’s a crocodile, not an alligator. An alligator has a rounded broad snout. That animal has a longer, slender snout. I just double checked for confirmation. You can also notice the exposed fang.


8 posted on 05/02/2010 4:48:37 PM PDT by j.argese (Liberal thought process = oxymoron)
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To: j.argese; All

here’s the link:

http://crocdoc.ifas.ufl.edu/posters/croc_p1.htm


9 posted on 05/02/2010 4:51:27 PM PDT by j.argese (Liberal thought process = oxymoron)
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To: nickcarraway; SWAMPSNIPER
Remember when swampsniper posted a photo of one flying? Yep. They're around. You have to be patient and in the right place at the right time. Like Swampsniper with his camera.


10 posted on 05/02/2010 4:56:36 PM PDT by One_Upmanship
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To: FormerACLUmember

>>The poor Gator was probably blind and near death when photographed.

Uh, we’ve got more than enough ‘gators in Florida. Too bad a few thousand more don’t step off the beach and into the food chain.


11 posted on 05/02/2010 4:57:32 PM PDT by QBFimi2 (Ve are the New World Order; ve bring to the world dis-order. Spike Jones, 1943.)
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To: FormerACLUmember
The poor Gator was probably blind and near death when photographed.

Good.

12 posted on 05/02/2010 4:58:12 PM PDT by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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To: nickcarraway

I remember reading once that gators will go into the ocean to kill their parasites.


13 posted on 05/02/2010 5:04:14 PM PDT by jdub (A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.)
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To: QBFimi2

Why some GOM people tolerate gators when people go without boots and purses and pumps is beyond me.


14 posted on 05/02/2010 5:04:38 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: j.argese

They are debating that in the comments section.


15 posted on 05/02/2010 5:15:18 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: One_Upmanship; Chieftain

Now THAT is the worst thing Michelle has ever worn!!!

Someone get the FLOTUS a fashon designer!


16 posted on 05/02/2010 5:19:12 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (Ok, joke's over....Bring back Bush !)
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To: jdub

Fascinating. And likely in my opinion, being a student of salt.


17 posted on 05/02/2010 5:19:16 PM PDT by Liberty Ship ("Lord, make me fast and accurate.")
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Saw one just off the beach at Hilton Head years ago....it caused quite a sensation and even got written up in the local paper.


18 posted on 05/02/2010 5:25:22 PM PDT by northwinds
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To: j.argese

That is a gator.


19 posted on 05/02/2010 5:34:35 PM PDT by FlJoePa
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To: QBFimi2
Uh, we’ve got more than enough ‘gators in Florida.

Go Gators!

20 posted on 05/02/2010 5:37:49 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

This is a rather common occurrence, here in Australia. We have the salties instead. They’re the biggest.


21 posted on 05/02/2010 5:42:39 PM PDT by James C. Bennett
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To: FlJoePa

That it would be the pointiest snout, exposed fang, croc costume wearing gator I’ve ever seen.


22 posted on 05/02/2010 5:47:07 PM PDT by j.argese (Liberal thought process = oxymoron)
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To: FormerACLUmember

The only good gator is the one on the barbee. Or the one with a stomach full of Python meat.


23 posted on 05/02/2010 5:48:59 PM PDT by muleskinner ("You know the Germans always make good stuff')
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24 posted on 05/02/2010 5:55:12 PM PDT by One_Upmanship
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To: One_Upmanship

LOL!!


25 posted on 05/02/2010 5:57:03 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (Ok, joke's over....Bring back Bush !)
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To: j.argese

The angle of the picture may be making the snout look pointier than it is.


26 posted on 05/02/2010 6:00:25 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: j.argese

Thats a blind gator. If it was a croc, the picture taker might be getting fitted for a prosthetic right about now.


27 posted on 05/02/2010 6:03:23 PM PDT by FlJoePa
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To: nickcarraway

“See you later alligator!’’’ “In awhile crocodile!’’


28 posted on 05/02/2010 6:38:08 PM PDT by John-Irish ("Shame of him who thinks of it''.)
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To: dfwgator

Go Tigers!


29 posted on 05/02/2010 6:41:20 PM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: nickcarraway

It’s not just the shape of the snout from the top, crocs have a knot or knob at the end of the snout. Without additional information, it’s really impossible to tell. Did I also read correctly this was supposedly 60 feet down?


30 posted on 05/02/2010 6:42:21 PM PDT by j.argese (Liberal thought process = oxymoron)
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To: nickcarraway

That looks like a croc.


31 posted on 05/02/2010 7:07:38 PM PDT by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck.)
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To: FormerACLUmember

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They go in the ocean occasionally it’s not lethal to them.


32 posted on 05/02/2010 7:11:30 PM PDT by NYCslicker
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To: JoeProBono
duval Pictures, Images and Photos

Gator's don't surf!

33 posted on 05/02/2010 7:21:55 PM PDT by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: One_Upmanship; dfwgator

Ahhh, the rocked lobster

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2ytn66X4ZI


34 posted on 05/02/2010 7:33:38 PM PDT by Canedawg (I'm not digging this tyranny thing.)
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To: nickcarraway
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35 posted on 05/02/2010 7:37:18 PM PDT by Old Seadog (Always do a little more than is expected, and someday .....it will be expected.)
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To: Tallguy


36 posted on 05/02/2010 7:38:48 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Old Seadog

Caiman


37 posted on 05/03/2010 12:35:39 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Judas Iscariot - the first social justice advocate. John 12:3-6)
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To: Old Seadog

Thanks, now I can tell them apart! Crocs are on sand, alligators are in water!


38 posted on 05/03/2010 10:27:11 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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