Many people enjoy zip lines for the thrill and endorphin rush that they get flying through the air suspended only by a line and pulley. One woman in Florida though got more than she bargained for when she zip lined over a waterway populated by alligators.
All seemed to be going as planned when the woman strapped her self in the harness. Then she gives a little push and takes off. All is smooth sailing until she gets to the end of the ride. Watch the video as the alligator leaps out and tries to bite at her.
The instructors on the other side cheer and laugh after the alligator leaps as if she scored a 10. The woman seems to be trying to make sure her pulley doesn’t stop and go back as she kicks to help the momentum. As she propels forward, she is safe on the landing deck. She will have a story to tell the rest of her life about this zip lining experience.
Alligators are numerous in Florida. In fact, roughly 1.25 million of these reptiles roam Florida waterways. Though alligators have attacked and eaten humans, it is rare. Their main diet consists of fish, turtles, various mammals, birds and other reptiles.
Alligators can be found in freshwater environments, such as ponds, marshes, wetlands, rivers, and swamps, as well as brackish environments. They can grow to a length of 18 feet. Females are smaller than the males. Males can weigh up to 600 pounds while females are smaller. Alligators can live up to 35 to 50 years in the wild. In captivity, they can live up to 80 years. Alligators can run fast over short distances. 11 miles per hour is about their maximum speed on land. However, in the water, these reptiles can swim up to speeds of 20 miles per hour.
If you zip line in Florida over waterways you might want to reconsider if the line is low. And I’d keep those feet tucked up or you might be in for a big surprise like this woman’s experience.