Wildlife photographer Mario Aldecoa had his camera setup a foot from the waters edge to photograph glowing eyes of the of at least 100 alligators at the Everglade Alligator Farm. When suddenly an aggressive alligator lunged out coming within inches of Aldecoa and chomped down on his camera. He tried to save his camera by grabbing the tripod but could not compete with the power of the gators massive jaws.
The next day Aldecoa and others came back to wade through the pond attempting to find any remains of his equipment. With no luck his camera, flash, and tripod were not found.
On Friday Aug 23rd (8 months later) during the alligator feeding one of the keepers noticed a gator dragging a camera around its foot. The keeper managed to retrieve the camera and notified Aldecoa that his camera had resurfaced.
After inspecting the waterlogged camera he pulled the memory card, cleaned it the best he could and popped it into a card reader. To his disbelief it worked immediately and had 6 long exposures including the last photo taken before the gator snatched his camera.
Since this experience Aldecoa has bought a new camera and is back to taking photos with a more cautious approach.
You can view Mario’s photography at http://www.marioaldecoa.smugmug.com/