A bizarre photograph showing dozens of alligators hiding in a Florida swamp with their eyes glowing in the dark has been captured by a wildlife photographer.
Bobby Wummer said Newsweek which he drove to a swamp in the Big Cypress National Preserve in South Florida to capture the photo.
“I drove there specifically to get this effect with the eyes of the alligator glowing using my high power flash on my Canon camera with a wide angle lens because there were so many gators in the hole “, did he declare. “When I arrived they were growling, bellowing, splashing all over each other and working to try and catch fish. I was on top of a berm and the alligator hole was tilted.”
The result is the strange photo, which Wummer posted on his Instagram account. Wummer said in a caption for the photo that there were so many in the lake that he was unable to get all of the reptiles at once.
“We definitely have a few alligators here in South Florida,” he said in the Instagram post.
Alligator eyes glow this way because they have a reflector system on the back of their eyes.
This means that their eyes reflect light back to their photoreceptor cells, so they can see better in the dark and in murky waters. Although this makes for a scary sight, it means predators are easily spotted at night.
There are approximately 1.3 million alligators in Florida. They prefer slow-moving freshwater rivers, swamps, marshes, and lakes. They can be found in every county in Florida and in most wilderness areas.
Big Cypress National Preserve neighbors the Everglades. In both areas, alligators are vital to the wetland ecosystem. Nesting female alligators, for example, are essential to the creation of peat in the region.
Wummer often captures snaps of native Florida alligators. His most recent post was a video of an alligator, also in the Big Cypress Swamp, latching onto his GoPro camera as he tried to get a close-up.
Although Wummer was out of harm’s way, as the camera was on a 12-foot extension, the video captured several shots of the alligator’s massive jaws.
“As you can see I got an extreme close up inside the alligator’s mouth. It wasn’t done intentionally, I didn’t think he would rush in and bite on the camera . I was lucky and didn’t play tug war which probably would have been the end of the closed door,” he said in an Instagram caption.
Eventually, the alligator realized the camera “wasn’t food” and let it go.