Breathtaking video shows group of alligators surviving frozen NC river

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Alligators can hold their breath for up to 24 hours, according to the Swamp Park.

Shallotte River Swamp Park in Ocean Isle Beach shared a breathtaking video showing the park's alligators with their nostrils poking through the ice. Are these alligators in frozen water alive or not? 'Pretty wonderful. ... Look at those teeth.

The cold snap may be over in North Carolina but have you ever wondered how alligators breathe when ponds and lakes are frozen over? "They are trying to conserve energy to maintain body temperature".

Experts also believe if someone mistakenly steps on these creatures, while they are frozen, the animals are most likely not going to react.

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They'll stick their nose above the surface at just the right moment and allow the water to freeze around it.

"They didn't care. They're just doing their thing", said Howard.

The ice in finally beginning to melt away, and soon these guys will be saying "see ya later alligator" to hibernation and the cold temps. He just wants to make them more comfortable while they wait out the cold. According to experts, it's not likely the animal will react in such a situation, at least not while the water was still frozen around it. The residents of a North Carolina city have had the change of witnessing a breathtaking display of biological prestidigitation - frozen alligators.

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