'The first 20 feet off the road and into the strand is the most dangerous,' says biologist Mike Owen. Deeper water found in ditches next to the road is a prime spot for alligators, some of which reach over 9 feet in length. Owen uses a wooden shovel handle with a metal tip to fend off any attacks.

Photo by MICHEL FORTIER, Daily News

"The first 20 feet off the road and into the strand is the most dangerous," says biologist Mike Owen. Deeper water found in ditches next to the road is a prime spot for alligators, some of which reach over 9 feet in length. Owen uses a wooden shovel handle with a metal tip to fend off any attacks.

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