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ALLIGATOR 20 MILES OUT TO SEA

Wednesday March 31st, 2010
ImageALLIGATOR FOUND 20 MILES OUT TO SEA

When a team of wildlife researchers studying whales 20miles out in the North Atlantic and spotted what they thought was a tire they got a real shock when it turned out to be a five foot long alligator. The freshwater reptile was busy diving for marine fish as it swam off the Georgia Coast in waters usually roamed by right whales.

The researchers said that seeing an alligator so far out to sea was unprecedented and certainly unintentional on behalf of the beast. They surmised it had more than likely been washed out from the mouth of the Altamaha River during recent heavy rainfall. Unfortunately the team weren’t in a position to rescue the ‘gator but did manage to take a few photos.

As whale observer heather Foley said, 'Considering that we were an in inflatable boat 20 miles offshore, we didn't want to risk having the gator inadvertently puncture the boat,'
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