Tech Meets Predator: Alligator Snaps at Underwater Drone

When it comes to 's most notorious predator, the alligator, it seems nothing is off-limits – not even the drones operated by the local sheriff's marine unit. These powerful reptiles have long been feared for their unpredictable attacks, with humans and topping their list of prey.

The alligator's habitat extends from slow-moving rivers, marshes, swamps, and lakes, to occasional visits to human doorsteps and even brief jaunts into saltwater beaches, despite their lack of salt glands.

In a peculiar turn of events last week in Lee County, an alligator's target was neither human nor animal, but an . Yes, you read it right. It was an unexpected showdown between nature and technology – Alligator versus Drone.

As documented by the Lee County Sheriff's Office in a Facebook post on June 9, one of the drones operated by their Marine Unit fell victim to an alligator's attack. While the specifics of the incident, such as the location and time, were not provided, the encounter was captured in a thrilling few seconds of video footage.

The footage revealed a surprising sight: the alligator swimming towards the yellow drone floating on the water, seemingly undeterred by the alien object in its territory. The alligator snapped at the intruding device in a quick, determined motion.

This unusual confrontation undoubtedly earns a spot in the Alligator Attack Hall of Fame, serving as a reminder of the unpredictable nature of alligators. It also offers a valuable lesson to drone operators everywhere – beware of alligators when flying low over or in Florida waters!

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ or @hayekesteloo.

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