Spotting the Camouflaged Kings of the Everglades, Florida
Your earplugs are snugly inserted, yet the airboat's whirring fan is deafening. You must rely on your other senses to seek out the prehistoric-looking creatures that draw a million visitors to the Everglades each year. The water whips away from the boat, providing a welcome mist as you peer through the tall, straw-like stalks at Gator Park, searching for imperceptible movement, a subtle splash—anything to indicate life lurking just out of sight. Then, low to the ground, you glimpse an alligator, its sharp teeth sheathed, its scaly, crackled back strategically positioned to absorb the toasty Florida sun. Soon you spy another, and another. The massive reptiles seem disinclined to move but lock their alert, gleaming eyes with yours, an enduring reminder of who still rules these riverbeds.