Woman witnessing gruesome alligator cannibalism while paddling Florida state park

Violent splashing sounds at Florida’s Silver Springs State Park led a woman on a paddleboard to discover that a large alligator was in the process of eating one of its own.

Tammy Shaw shared photos and video of the horrifying moment on the Florida Alligators Facebook group, showing the giant alligator slamming its prey against the water — ripping its meal into bite-sized pieces. can be divided into

It happened around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4, and Shaw says she wasn’t sure what was in the alligator’s mouth at first.

Then he saw the crocodile slowly come out of the water and start tossing the body like a rag doll.

“Kind of intense, but super cool to witness,” Shaw said.

“My (inflatable) paddleboard is 11 feet and he was close to that (in size) if not taller. The gator he was eating would have been 5 to 7 feet. The video got shorter because he put it down. After taking off I felt a little too close for comfort.

According to the Florida Guidebook, Silver Springs State Park is considered home to “many” alligators, and they thrive in the water and along the banks of the Silver River. The park is about 85 miles northwest of Orlando.

The video shows the crocodile trying to cut its prey into bite-sized pieces.

Shaw makes a frequent visit and says the gators in the park “just do their job and aren’t really looking for trouble.”

It’s unclear how the little gator became a victim, but Shaw’s video shows it was missing its head.

Cannibalism is not uncommon for gators, including older alligators eating the young. As Live Science reports, one study found that “6 percent to 7 percent of young alligators suffer the cruel end of cannibalism.”

Another Facebook video shared by Kayla Green on Aug. 6 shows the same alligator — named “Big Head Fred” — resorting to slapping the dead gator on a muddy riverbank to It can be softened.

There have been hundreds of reactions to Shaw’s post, with many wondering what drove the elderly alligator to “poison” another gator. Some speculated that it was intense hunger, while others suspected a territorial dispute.

Many agreed that Shaw was brave for staying long enough to record the video.

“This is the most prehistoric thing I’ve ever seen,” one person wrote on Facebook.

“If King Kong and Godzilla had a baby I think it would do something similar,” posted another.

“He doesn’t care what it is: fish, gators or humans,” someone said.

“This is why I love my little chlorinated water. It’s not fancy, but I don’t have any gator mma going on in there,” one user wrote.

American alligators are native. According to the state report, all 67 of Florida’s counties and “wherever there is standing water.”

Florida officials say a knife appears to be stuck between the alligator’s eyes.

See Florida golfer refuses to let alligator ruin his concentration.

In the Florida Everglades, an alligator was spotted throwing a football and catching it with its teeth.

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