Alligator in Red Water

An American alligator suns in shallow, tannin-rich waters of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia.<br />
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An adult alligator can reach 8-12 feet long weighing 400 to 500 pounds. The primitive reptile was nearly hunted to extinction for sport and for it's leathery hide which is used for shoes and purses. <br />
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Established in 1937, the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge protects the waters, wilderness and wildlife of the 438,000-acre Okefenokee Swamp. <br />
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The red hue of the water which when reflective looks like black coffee, is caused by the acid released from decaying vegetation.