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Trying to Blend In

Baby alligators sitting on their mother's back

July's Pic of the Month was taken by Mark van Doren in the wilds of Florida. As you can see, these young alligators are clearly trying to look inconspicuous! Whether that's effective is debatable, but there's no safer place for young alligators to be than on their mother's back.

Mark has this to say about the photograph:

"The photo was taken at Chestnut Park, located about 15 miles from Tampa, Florida. I had just walked up to the edge of this small lake, really a swamp, and noticed the baby alligators along the shoreline. Sunning themselves I believe. When I approached the little ones they all started peeping, and took off towards their mother. When they reached their mother, they all climbed aboard. Where the lighting wasn't the best, but I got these shots. I got maybe 15 or so shots, before the mother moved on into a small cove where I could no longer get a shot. Later she came back to the shoreline where I got some shots of her. She was about 10 foot in length, and the little ones where about six inches. I counted six little ones in all."

If you look carefully, you might notice that even in the wilds of Florida, you cannot escape the influence of civilisation.


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