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On the morning of our airboat tour of Myakka River State Park in Florida, the question on everyone’s mind was “are we going to see any alligators?”
No matter how many different kinds of wildlife there would be, what we really wanted to see was alligators. And you know what? We certainly weren’t disappointed.
We hadn’t even parked the car when we spotted these alligators chilling out in the sun:
It was an incredibly hot day, but when we boarded the Gator Gal for our airboat ride, I wanted the best view possible so I could set up my tripod and shoot some video. Instead of opting for the shaded seats under the canopy, I sat right up at the front of the boat.
Suddenly I wondered if this was the right decision- not only did I have these strange bugs landing on me, but I was in the perfect position to become an alligator’s lunch!
However as the boat leisurely glided over the waters of the Upper Myakka Lake, the breeze was welcoming and the bugs disappeared. Instantly we saw alligators swimming in the shallow waters between the lily pads. Every so often a fish would jump out of the water.
All of a sudden there was a giant thud, and an alligator appeared right in front of my eyes at the front of the boat… what a perfect photo opportunity! Except I wasn’t quite fast enough.
We saw a wild pig, vultures, cranes and herons, plus an eagle in a tree in the distance. Again another large thump as an alligator banged against the side of the boat.
If you want to see alligators, this was definitely the tour to be on. Whilst it’s not always guaranteed (in hot weather the alligators tend to submerge under the water), we saw lots of them!