Florida Woman Bit On Face By Gator While Snorkeling
A Florida woman was bit on the face by a gator while she was snorkeling. This happened at the Alexander Springs recreation area in Ocala. A 9 foot alligator attacked the Florida woman and bit her on the forehead. It was all captured by a photographer who was in the area and was able to take photos of the event. It shows the snorkeler right after being bit and also shows the alligator swimming in the waters behind the snorkeler.
The woman told FOX 35 Orlando, “It didn’t hurt bad in the moment. And then like, as I was running back and like, I saw what it was, that’s when it started hurting,” she said. ‘I was like, my forehead hurts really bad and my neck isn’t like so much pain.” The woman credits, her full face snorkel mask for saving her. She wasn’t wearing just swimming goggles, and she thinks that that snorkel mask may saved her for more serious injuries.
A trapper was able to find the gator that bit the Florida woman and removed it. This is the second incident involving an alligator to happen at Alexander Springs in Ocala in the last week.
Where Alligators Are Found
If you are wondering, alligators live in all 67 counties in Florida. There are an estimated 1.25 million alligators in Florida and there is 5 million in the southeast United States. You can find alligators in any body of water including lakes, ponds, rivers, marshes, swamps and man-made canals. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says, “Remember, never feed an alligator and keep your distance if you see one. Swim only in designated swimming areas during daylight hours. And keep pets on a leash and away from the water.”
Alligator attacks are rare, but they do occur. From 1948 to 2021, there was only 442 alligator attacks with only 26 of those being fatal. Crocodiles are also found in Florida although they primarily are found in south and southeast Florida. There are over 2,000 adult crocodiles in the wild.