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A Florida took an unusual decision to take a dive with a 13ft alligator, the fun however got to a sudden end when the predator bit his shoulder.

Footage revealed the large alligator moving towards John Braje who was swimming in Miami Lakes in the Florida Everglades.

Mr Braje explained that the alligator is called Elvis and called him his buddy claiming that he meant no harm.

The adrenaline junkie, explained that the alligator did not mean him any harm as the beast could have killed him if it wanted to.

Though, despite his certainty, he mounted out of the water before asserting that he would swim again with the alligator.

The diver said: ‘I’m a recreational scuba diver, snorkeler and free diver. I’m kind of an adrenaline junkie and I love animals . So, I swim and dive with sharks, alligators, and all sorts of marine life for fun.’

After sharing the video on Facebook, Mr Braje said: ‘So, I got nibbled on by a 13 ft gator today.

‘Thinks just because he’s bigger than me, that he could bully me.

‘No hard feelings though. He was just displaying dominance or maybe even just curious. If he wanted a bite, I wouldn’t be on FB right now.’

‘He’s still my buddy & I’ll be back in with him soon.

He added: ‘I’ve had plenty of interaction with him in the past. I think maybe because there were a lot of people around, he felt he needed to display dominance but normally he’s really chill. If he wanted more, he could have got it. That’s my buddy.’

A second man, known as a fifth-generation gladesman stayed in the water despite the threat presented by the alligator.

Mr Braje’s friends were of the opinion that he could have been killed or seriously injured by the alligator.

Mark Aziz wrote: ‘Not your smartest moment… if he wanted to rip your arm off, he would have.’

Another friend made a remark at the composure of the second man who stayed in the water despite the danger.

Mr Braje replied: ‘He’s a pro. He’s a fifth-generation gladesman.

‘He grew up in that water. I’m way better with sharks. He’s the gator man but I’m trying.’

Jeff Charles claimed: ‘You no longer have a chip on your shoulder.’

Other viewers were of the opinion that he was ‘crazy’ for getting into the water that has a large alligator in it.


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