An alligator sits on the banks of one of the pools created in hydrology restoration efforts in southern Golden Gate Estates. The animal could be a sign of the food chain working in the ponds, where it might not have worked as well with the canal systems.  For the alligator to survive, medium size fish are likely in the ponds, which eat smaller fish, which eat algae. There would have been less algae growth in canals due to water flow.

Photo by Tracy Boulian, Naples Daily News

An alligator sits on the banks of one of the pools created in hydrology restoration efforts in southern Golden Gate Estates. The animal could be a sign of the food chain working in the ponds, where it might not have worked as well with the canal systems. For the alligator to survive, medium size fish are likely in the ponds, which eat smaller fish, which eat algae. There would have been less algae growth in canals due to water flow.

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