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Photographer Recovers DSLR Stolen by Alligator

By Anthony Thurston on August 25th 2013

We have seen videos of seagulls, lions, even sharks stealing cameras; so it should be no surprise that a photographer in Florida had his camera stolen by an alligator. During a holiday party towards the end of last year, at the Everglades Alligator Farm, budding wildlife photographer Mario Aldecoa was setting up his DSLR to capture a unique image.


Due to the number of alligators on the farm if you take a picture with a flash at night you can capture the reflections of all their eyes. This is what Aldecoa was attempting to do when, after a few shots, one of the alligators crawled up and grabbed onto his tripod and camera as if it was lunch. The next day Aldecoa spent some time wading in the pond looking for some of the gear. He says he was at least hoping to find the tripod – he didn’t find anything.

Fast forward 8 months; farm employees were out feeding the alligators on the farm when one of them noticed something odd wrapped around one of the alligators. This employee managed to get the odd looking thing off of the gator and was amazed to find that it was a DSLR – Aldecoa’s DSLR to be exact.


The camera was, of course, garbage after 8 months in a Florida swamp. It was not working, nor would anyone expect it to be. The neat part is, that after drying out the memory card, Aldecoa was pleased to find that his images had survived and he was able to get the photos from that night. Pretty neat stuff.

[via DP Review]


Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. Peter Nord

    Reminds me of a story in the Gainesville Sun, Florida, years ago. Woman who ran a worm farm was celebrating the one year anniversary of when an alligator bit off her arm while she was rinsing out her bucket in the creek. She was sorry they had to kill it, but was glad to get her rings back. Said it made it hard to open a bottle of beer.

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  2. Stefanie

    I’m so glad that he was able to end this story with some of the photos that he captured that night.

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  3. Black Z Eddie


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  4. Ben

    wow that is cool

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