Tuesday, January 9, 2018

See Ya' Later, Gator

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Biological Evolution
Environmental and Science Education
Edward Hessler

I was amazed to learn this.

Alligators became iced-in at Swamp Park an alligator preserve in North Carolina. It is currently at the edge of their northern range.

Alligators can survive for about 24 hours submerged but this period was longer.The first response to cold is to slow down their metabolism (e.g., their breathing rate). However, when the surface of the ice begins to freeze the stick their noses out of the water and let ice form around them.

And after, all is well. All 10 of them survived.

Pictures and videos as welll as the story here from the Washington Post.

What a great paper.

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