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American Alligator

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First Place - Other Wildlife - Amateur, National Wildlife Awards

AMERICAN ALLIGATOR

Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida, USA

by Cyrinda Hoffman

Anchorage, Alaska, USA

“Following a dive trip to the Bahamas to photograph sharks, the group I was traveling with decided to take a side trip to Florida to try our luck photographing alligators. After braving the waters with sharks, three hurricanes, Miami traffic, and voracious mosquitoes, why fear alligators?” The largest alligator ever recorded in Florida was 17 feet 5 inches long (5.3 meters).

Canon EOS D60; 17-35mm lens; digital capture; Sea & Sea underwater housing; twin Ikelite strobes.

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