Everglades Airboat Tours Highlight Alligator Gar
With Everglades Holiday Park, an airboat tour is much more than just gliding across the waters of the ‘glades. South Florida is home to plenty of exotic and endangered wildlife species that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Our captains are Everglades experts that have been cruising these waters for years. Many of our captains grew up exploring Everglades National Park for fun, and know when and where to find the most interesting wildlife that call the Everglades home.
Depending on the time of year you embark on an outdoor adventure at Everglades Holiday Park, you are likely to see snakes, fish, foxes, peacocks, vultures, skunks, turtles, and of course the American Alligator. Many people who embark on our Everglades airboat tours are also excited for the possibility of catching a glimpse of an Alligator Gar, an extremely unique and adaptable fish. The Alligator Gar is commonly sought after by famous Animal Planet shows such as River Monsters; so many people have heard of this infamous fish, but haven’t been able to track it down.
Different from the American Alligator, which can also be found during our airboat tour, the Alligator Gar is a ray-finned euryhaline fish with fossil traces from over a hundred million years ago. Alligator Gar is a mega fish that earned its name from its crocodilian head and rows of sharp teeth. There are seven known gar species and the Alligator Gar is the largest. It is the only species of gar that uses a row of extremely sharp teeth in the upper jaw. The Alligator Gar is known to be an aggressive, stalking, ambush style predator. Not to worry, while these animals are opportunistic and fierce to their prey, there has never been a verified attack on a human.
What’s so interesting about these fish is that they are one of the most adaptable fish in the water, meaning that they are capable of functioning in multiple environments. Not only can the Alligator Gar adjust to freshwater, lakes, bayous, bays, brackish water, and estuaries, but it can also breathe both above and underneath the water. Because of this ability, this fish can survive on land for a few hours at a time, while looking for food or escaping predators. This gives the gar its competitive advantage in the Everglades.
The Alligator Gar prefers warm bodies of water, which is why you’ll find them in the Southern part of the United States. You may also find them in some areas of West Texas, Oklahoma, and the Mississippi River.
What should you look for on your tour? Your captains will gladly point out any animals spotted on your Everglades airboat tour, but keep your eyes peeled for a fish with a yellow or olive colored body, with a torpedo shape. They have extremely long snouts, sharp teeth, and scale covered bodies.
The best part about an Everglades airboat tour with Everglades Holiday Park is that you will have the opportunity to not only learn about the 1.5-million-acre treasure, but you may come close to some of the world’s most exotic wildlife, like the Alligator Gar.