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  • 2,000 Pounds of Pressure Per Bite

    David Miller at dotWorld5 mths ago

    It’s an 80-degree day in Homestead, Florida and we’re on an air-boat in the Florida Everglades looking for alligators. Moving slowly over the shallow and murky water, our guide Luke is confident that wild alligators don’t attack, but fears have a tendency to blur reality.

    “These wild gators don’t know what we are and we’re too big,” he says. That’s comforting except that there are only a few inches of fiberglass preventing us from becoming the exception to a gator's jaws. These guys have a 2,000 pound per square inch bite, that's the weight of a small car.

    We’re at the Everglades Alligator Farm, south Florida’s oldest alligator farm. It’s 250 acres of wetlands that butts up to the Everglades National Forest where visitors come to see alligators, snakes and birds in their natural habitat.

    It was our first time on an air-boat and flying smoothly over the tall grass at high speeds was thrilling as we braced for bumps and chops that never came. Without warning, Luke would make sweeping turns, sloshing up old brown water into our shoes (Note: don’t wear leather).

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