Here’s a good rule of thumb: If you’re near the water anywhere in the Florida Everglades and you hear a big splash, it’s a good idea to head the other way. Unless you want to risk ending up as the snack of a lurking swamp monster.
Crazy stuff can go down in Florida’s swamps no doubt, and back in December 2016, Joe Capozzi got to witness an example of that craziness up close and personal. The Palm Beach Post reporter was out for a bike ride at the Big Cypress National Preserve in South Florida when he decided to investigate a loud noise coming from the river. What he stumbled upon was an epic battle of nature between a Burmese python and a Florida gator. Something you definitely don’t see every day. Unless, of course, you happen to live in Florida.
After about two minutes, Capozzi thought the fight was finished, so he cut off the camera and headed back to his bike. Then, he heard another splash. Ding, ding! Round 2! He turned the camera back on and ran down to the water and watched the two mighty reptiles battle it out for nearly 10 minutes.
Would you have stayed to watch the whole thing? As a reporter, Capozzi has that investigator’s instinct to get to the bottom of things, so it’s probably not all that surprising that he stuck around to film the show. But, I can’t imagine that most people would be all that inclined to be that close to a alligator vs. python throwdown, especially since they’re two apex predators that could kill you dead without breaking a sweat. Who knows though? Maybe most people are crazier than I think.