An Underwater Ballet: Up close with Florida alligators in the Everglades

Andrew West
The News-Press
An American alligator rests at Tear Island in the historic Florida Everglades last week. This is a screen shot from a GOPRO 4. It was shot using the camera attached to the end of long PVC pipe. Get an up close and personal view of several alligators in a video shot and produced by News-Press photographer Andrew West

While on assignment last week about the impacts of Hurricane Irma on the residents of the Florida Everglades, News-Press photographer Andrew West found himself eye to eye with one of Florida's largest predators, the Florida alligator. 

He wasn't face to face with it, but his GoPro video camera was. He used the camera attached to a long PVC pipe to get close up video of a couple of alligators that make their home at Tear Island in the historic Everglades. He was able to shoot from different angles without disturbing the large female reptiles. 

As a wildlife photographer, the idea is to be unobtrusive as possible and let the animals be themselves. It lets the animal show more of its personality. 

The video shows the level of clarity in the high waters that are still impacting the river of grass weeks after the storm. Get a close up view of one of Florida's apex predators.  

Alligators are generally harmless, but have been known to attack. This photographer says shoot at your own risk.  

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