With an estimated 1.3 million alligators in FL, the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is warning folks to be aware of heightened alligator activity this time of year (due to nesting + mating) and the possibilities of encountering them.
From gator wrestle-mania + to a bull shark’s best friend, we rounded up 6of the snappiest stories this spring involving our favorite lizard-like leviathans for you to enjoy. ⤵️
• Grappling gators | One Lakewood Ranch man got quite the surprise when he found two gators getting rowdy in his backyard.
• Hungry fella’ | A Florida man who spent his life painting marine life found himself between the pearly white teeth of a hungry gator. 60 stitches later, he tells the tale + says he plans to paint his memory of the gator’s green eyes.
• #NoBigDeal | Watch this Florida Man wrestle his dog free of an alligator’s jaws in the water. If that’s not cool enough, he does it without dropping his cigar.
•They see me rollin’ | Usually, when you hear about a gator’s death roll, it’s not in the context of them evading police capture. The escape plan didn’t pan out, but we give this reptile an A for effort and an A+ for choreography.
•Unlikely pals | If this isn’t the most Florida thing you’ve ever seen, what is? Watch this video of a bull shark + analligator swimming side-by-side.
• Won’t you be my Neighbor?| A Tampa family was greeted at their front door by an 8-ft gatorwith 2 remaining limbs, likely from past fights with gator aggressors.
Do you have an interesting gator tale to tell? Share it with us. 🐊
Community ○ The Flight to Honortakes off today. The flight is a one-day event for veterans to fly to Washington D.C. and back to visit the memorials of the wars in which they fought. Priority was given to World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans.
Coronavirus ○ Teenage volunteers between the ages of 12 + 17 are being requested for a clinical trial of the COVID-19 Novavax Inc. vaccine beginning on May 3. Lakeland will be one of 80-90 sites participating. (The Ledger) ○On Monday, the Florida Department of Health announced 3,513 new cases of COVID-19 and 64 deaths in Florida. That bringsFL’s total number of cases to 2,212,097 + the total deaths to 34,912. See Lakeland + Polk numbers here. ○ Monitor the Florida Department of Health in Polk’s website for the latest information regarding vaccines.
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TryThis ○ Yoga Pain Relief| Tues., Apr. 27 | 6-7 p.m. | Soul Tree Yoga Studio, 330 Doris Dr. | $10 | Virtual attendance is available for this yoga class focused on getting rid of body pain. 🧘
Family ○ Surprise Storytime| Tues., Apr. 27 | 10-11 a.m. | Enchanted Fairytale Hollow, 214 Trader’s Alley | $3+ | Storytime and a meet + greet with a surprise fictional character.
Cause ○ Mobile Food Pantry| Tues., Apr. 27 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine, 600 W. Peachtree St. | Free | Registration begins at 11 a.m. 🥫
PlanAhead ○ Downsizing for the Senior Move| Wed., May 26 | 2-3 p.m. | 771 Carpenters Way | Free |Lake Gibson Village is hosting a downsizing seminar hosted by Nicole Ramer of Organized Haven. Nicole is a Professional Organizer and Certified Senior Move Manager who specializes in moving, downsizing, and clearing estates for seniors and their families. Ⓟ
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
Answered: If you participated in today’s quiz and you guessed “D, All these facts are true”, then you’re correct. Alligators participate in a “sophisticated courtship”, contain up to 80 teeth in their jaws, and display both a “high” and “low” walk.
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