Mario Aldecoa was attempting to get a nighttime photo showing the shining eyes of 100 alligators at the Everglades Alligator Farm when suddenly one aggressive gator came within inches of taking a bite out of him.
Aldecoa, who works at the farm putting on alligator shows, is an amateur wildlife photographer specializing in reptiles. During a holiday party for employees at the farm, he set up his camera on a tripod a foot from the water and started shooting.
“Gators started getting closer and closer and one of them lunged out and grabbed the camera,” he told GrindTV Outdoor in a phone interview. “I responded by grabbing the tripod real quick, but he jerked it out of my hands. Bye bye camera.”
Eight months later, as the alligators were being feed in front of tourists at the Everglades Alligator Farm, a keeper noticed that one gator came out of the water dragging the camera around its foot.