When one Georgia fisherman took to the water, he didn’t expect to encounter hundreds of hungry gators on a rarely-seen feeding frenzy.
“I ain’t never seen so many gators in my life.”
Georgia angler Rick Ray Cason couldn’t believe his eyes when he set off on a fishing excursion in the Okefenokee Swamp. The ten-foot wide canal was filled with what Cason estimates to be 300 ravenous alligators, fighting for food and even attacking each other.
Watch the video to see the amazing gator feeding frenzy:
Known to biologists as a “feeding frenzy,” the phenomenon is one so rare, humans almost never witness it. According to experts, gator feeding frenzies only occur when the water level is low, food is present and it’s the time of day alligators normally feed.
“I’ve never seen footage like that before,” state wildlife biologist Greg Nelms told CNN, adding that this rare “cooperative feeding” happens once every three or four years.
Determined to proceed with his fishing trip, Cason managed to push his aluminum boat through the madness, videoing the wonder for posterity, and cast his line into calmer waters. That’s one dedicated angler!
As mysteriously as the alligators had converged for their massive hunt, they were gone by the next morning, according to Stephen C. Foster park manager Travis Griffin. The 80-acre park is a small portion of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, which is home to about 11,000 alligators.