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Picture Of 14 Foot Long Alligator

The picture you see with this post is of a 14 foot long alligator. You can’t quite tell it is 14 feet long, but it is indeed such a creature. It was huge like a pre-historic monster.

This beast lives, for the moment, at the Newport, Kentucky Aquarium. The alligator is named Mighty Mike and is 50 years old.

I’m sorry this alligator is a prisoner in a fish jail like an aquarium. But otherwise it was going to be shot as a safety risk to humans in Florida. And, frankly, nature is not such a nice place for animals. Animals die all the time out in nature. They are eaten by other animals and shot and poisoned by people.

Mighty Mike now tours various aquariums in the U.S.

If I were home now instead of on the road, I’d include some links to learn about alligators and reptiles. But I’m doing the blog on the fly for the moment.

I’d encourage you to take some time today to learn about alligators and reptiles and whatever it is you find of interest in life.

January 8, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. Mighty Mike is both mighty and massive. Ideally some lucky folks will get to see him lumber out of the water and onto the landing that’s part of his environs at the aquarium.

    Aquarium is a bit pricy – $22 for adults, no discount for seniors unlike Cincinnati’s Museum Center, but there is a Mighty Mike-related deal at the moment tied to free admission for kids accompanied by an adult.

    Comment by Newton | January 10, 2011

  2. “I’m sorry this alligator is a prisoner in a fish jail like an aquarium.”

    As a deeply interested amateur zoologist, I would remind you that a lot of animals would never be able to tell the difference between living in the wild and living in a cage. Their brains are just not that sophisticated.

    Most reptiles fall into that category. This doesn’t justify killing or torturing or experimenting on them, or trafficking in animals as a business, legal or not. I just want to remind people not to assume that some animals can process information like humans.

    A reptile in an enclosure that’s physically healthy and meets its needs is just fine. It isn’t interested in freedom or much else other than its next meal and the temperature/humidity of its surroundings. It isn’t in the animal’s best interests to anthropomorphize it. When they’re in good hands, they are just fine.

    Comment by Daddy-O | January 10, 2011

  3. Newton—Thanks for these extra details.

    Daddy-O— Thanks for this comment. I’m on road and can’t give it the full effort that you have been nice enough to make here, but do you think that these creatures feel or sense a lack of mobility from the confined setting?

    Comment by Neil Aquino | January 10, 2011


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