Apparently scientists may have stumbled upon a new plot point for Sharknado 12. Mainly, throw a few alligators in the mix. A scientist has been studying what alligators eat, and made a shocking discovery.
The American alligator has long been known as a fierce apex predator, easily capable of taking down its typical freshwater prey — fish, crustaceans, wading birds — and very occasionally going after humans.
But its diet may extend further than previously thought. When given the chance, these gators will travel into saltwater environments and feed on marine animals such as stingrays and sharks, according to a new study published in the journal Southeastern Naturalist.
Sharks. Alligators are eating sharks now. What’s the itinerary on the sweet meteor of death? Let’s put a rush on that.
Researchers documented evidence that the alligators had consumed three new species of sharks and one new species of stingray, Nifong said. He estimated that the largest sharks eaten were three to four feet long, while the largest stingrays consumed were probably two to three feet long.
First, because I’m an oldhead, anytime I hear “shark” I have to post this:
A classic moment in history, and not for a good reason. Just like alligators evolving to eat sharks.
No word on if global change climate warning is to blame (see Video: Gisele Bundchen Cries Over Climate Change. Still Lives in Giant Mansion… and Leftists Falsely Blame Traffic Fatalities on Climate Change…), but give the left an hour or two to have their coffee.
The main takeaway here though is not even the ocean, with its high salt content, will protect you from the gators. Now saltwater swimmers have to contend with SHARKS and GATORS. It’s like being stuck on a flight between Lena Dunham and Amy Schumer. My God.
Never leave the bathtub.