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Christopher Gillette

Photographer Gators/Crocs/Snakes/Sharks Conservation Wildlife Biologist Guide Check my link for tours! www.CrocodileChris.com

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This is a fun shot of me and Casper during one of my underwater alligator tours last year! Friends let friends borrow equipment. Too bad it wasnt really in his size though. I offer these tours for people to be able to enjoy and experience being in the water with gators or to get their own underwater photos/footage of gators with whatever they have, I’ve had everything from phones in bags to $50K professional camera rigs in here, to people who just want to do it and I take photos of them! The tour also appeals to adventurers and animal lovers who just want to check out the gators too, and I offer to shoot my own photo package for them as well, as you can see from this photo. I’ll be running another day of gator tours soon, maybe next weekend. If you want to come join me on a dive with Casper and meet him shoot me an email and I’ll send info on details/pricing(can vary, so email only for pricing!) ChrisGilletteWildlife@gmail.com Let me know if you want to go!! Here is some info if you're not familiar with the tour! Enjoy the incredible experience of sharing crystal clear water with 10-15 alligators in a safe and controlled environment! This is done safely at the Everglades Outpost Wildlife Rescue. Intended for serious wildlife enthusiasts and underwater photographers, you get to swim with the gators and take photos, gator selfies, or I can get shots of you swimming with gators. It is for people of any skill level, you don’t have to be scuba certified, just have an interest in wildlife! This is a no contact experience! Observation and photos only. Mask and rashguard by @cressi1946 . Photo taken during one of my underwater alligator experiences at the Everglades Outpost pic by @d.mahoy with my Canon 80D, 10-22mm wide angle lens, Aquatica housing and Inon strobes. If you enjoy my photos I always read and appreciate comments, also feel free to share and see more at my website www.ChrisGillette.com #aquaticadigital #underwaterphotography #uwphotography #gator #alligator #everglades #florida #southflorida #adventure #coexist #respect #reptile #adventure #floridalife #southflorida #miami
A large cottonmouth showing off it’s namesake, the “cotton white” inside of the mouth as a threat display. Cottonmouths, also commonly called water moccasins, are very common venomous aquatic pit vipers with a defensive nature that often leads to outlandish stories of aggression in the minds of the fearful. Some cottonmouths are certainly VERY defensive, this individual is giving me its defensive posture and struck when I moved closer, but in the literal THOUSANDS I have caught I have never seen one that was “aggressive”, as in not defending itself but choosing to go out of its way to bite. There are many claims of people being chased, but almost all result in the person being between the animal and a place of safety, such as being between the snake and the water or bushes it uses as a refuge. The same happens with gators, many stories of snakes/gators rushing right at someone only to go past them/under the boat so the animal can hide in deeper water or brush. If you get between an animal and it’s safety/hiding place it’ll often go at or through to get to it’s safe place. I’ve heard so many accounts “no you don’t understand it came right at me while I was fishing on the bank(or in a boat between the bank and deep water) and it tried to chase me”....then disappeared underwater/in the brush. It’s not attacking, they’re just blocking it’s safety, albeit unknowingly and unintentionally. Snakes will also sometimes climb onto a boat to get out of the water, but for the snake this is about being out of the water not next to the human. Always respect wildlife, don’t kill snakes!!! Photographed with a Canon 80D, 10-17mm fisheye lens. If you enjoy my photos I always read and appreciate comments, also feel free to share and see more at my website www.ChrisGillette.com #southflorida #florida #cottonmouth #watermoccasin #venomous #venomoussnakes #snake #reptile #herping #fieldherping
Side profile of the face of a rhino viper, a species of venomous snake native to Africa. The name "rhino" viper comes from the prominent horn-like scale on the nose. This species also has rather pointed body scales and a short and stout body shape. They are closely related to the gaboon viper and classified in the same genus with hybridization recorded. Photographed last year at the Crutchfield reptile farm with a Canon 80D, 100mm macro lens. If you enjoy my photos I always read and appreciate comments, also feel free to share and see more at my website www.ChrisGillette.com #venomous #venomoussnake #viper #rhinoviper #snake #reptile #macro #shadows #texture #abstract
I make this post every few months, NEVER release balloons into the air! Ever! It seems harmless but the balloons travel for miles and kill thousands of creatures that think they are food and try to eat them. The photos are of balloon pieces removed from a dead sea turtle's stomach, sea turtles are well known for consuming balloons/bags and other trash and dying. Don't release balloons! What goes up comes down!! A lot of people release balloons because they think it brings wishes/feelings “up to heaven”-it most certainly does not, the balloons just fall back down and kill see turtles, and no one ever wants to be remembered by killing an endangered species! #dontreleaseballoons #balloonsblow
A mother squirrel monkey munching on a raisin with her baby riding on her back. I photographed them at @monkeyjunglemiami in their rainforest area, a very large open air naturally vegetated area where the monkeys roam(an outer perimeter fence keeps them from escaping into the wild). I have seen many wild squirrel monkeys in my travels in their native range, it’s neat to see them in a natural setting like this in Florida as well. There have also been several wild feral populations of this species that have popped up through Florida but they are often quickly collected out for the pet trade. Several other species of primate roam wild in Florida as well(that aren’t as sought after by collectors and persist in wild populations for decades) such as green vervets in Dania and rhesus macaques on the silver river, which I have posted about many times. Photographed with a Canon 80D, 10-17mm fisheye lens. If you enjoy my photos I always read and appreciate comments, also feel free to share and see more at my website www.ChrisGillette.com #squirrelmonkey #monkey #primate #monkeyjungle #florida #southflorida
Cleaning out the leaves before one of my underwater gator tours!! Some clients want more leaves in the pics, some want less, either way Casper loves the skimmer 😂😂 October has been an exceptionally busy month for me so I haven’t run that many gator tours and won’t have any for the rest of the month, but in November I’ll have a free weekend days opening up for anyone interested! The second photo is of me and Casper during one of my tours I offer these tours for people to be able to enjoy and experience being in the water with gators or to get their own underwater photos/footage of gators with whatever they have, I’ve had everything from phones in bags to $50K professional camera rigs in here, to people who just want to do it and I take photos of them! The tour also appeals to adventurers and animal lovers who just want to check out the gators too, and I offer to shoot my own photo package for them as well, as you can see from this photo. I’ll be running another day of gator tours soon, maybe next weekend. If you want to come join me on a dive with Casper and meet him shoot me an email and I’ll send info on details/pricing(can vary, so email only for pricing!) ChrisGilletteWildlife@gmail.com Let me know if you want to go!! Here is some info if you're not familiar with the tour! Enjoy the incredible experience of sharing crystal clear water with 10-15 alligators in a safe and controlled environment! This is done safely at the Everglades Outpost Wildlife Rescue. Intended for serious wildlife enthusiasts and underwater photographers, you get to swim with the gators and take photos, gator selfies, or I can get shots of you swimming with gators. It is for people of any skill level, you don’t have to be scuba certified, just have an interest in wildlife! This is a no contact experience! Observation and photos only. Video taken by @gabbynikolle Photo by @mark.romanov At the @evergladesoutpost Shirts and shorts by @realsaltlife Wetsuit by @hecsaquatic Mask and snorkel by @cressi1946 #southflorida #uwphotography #underwaterphotography #everglades #florida #gator #alligator
A 10ft alligator slowly stalking prey underwater in the Everglades. This shot is darker than I usually prefer, but I really like the effect it gives with the teeth illuminated and the eyes just barely visible watching from the shadows in the back. You can see this gator has a chipped tooth on the left side, likely from cracking through a turtle shell or other bone. Lucky for the gator, they shed and regrow their teeth, cycling through several thousand in a lifetime. Photographed with a Canon 80D, 10-22mm wide angle lens, Aquatica housing and Inon strobes. If you enjoy my photos I always read and appreciate comments, also feel free to share and see more at my website www.ChrisGillette.com #aquaticadigital #underwaterphotography #uwphotography #gator #alligator #everglades #florida #southflorida #adventure #coexist #respect #reptile #adventure #floridalife #southflorida #evergladesnationalpark @aquaticadigital
So I had to reshare one of my favorite shots and experiences, relocating this 14ft American crocodile in Costa Rica!! It just came up in my memories as this time a year or two ago. One of the workers went out to tend to a butterfly garden and found this dinosaur trampling the garden! Working with some colleagues of mine we managed to safely rope him up and pull him outside the fence where he could be free. The most interesting part though is that a 10-11ft female apparently followed him! While we were dealing with the male someone looked over and saw this female heading down the same path towards the butterfly garden! We then roped her and moved her as well, moving both animals in the calmest, most stress free way possible. What an incredible day in Costa Rica! This photo is of the big male after we moved him, I am getting him to swing up at me so we can get the rope off properly. #croc #crocodile #costarica #adventure #puravida #conservation #butterflygarden #bigcroc #acutus #americancrocodile
A whitetip reef shark silently gliding over coral and sand on a night dive off of Cocos Island National Park, Costa Rica. By day the whitetips are very sleepy and calm, at night they come alive as voracious predators. For this shot I used a broad focus light to illuminate the shark, no strobes. Diving Cocos Island National Park was an absolute dream, I can see why it deserves the status of being a UNESCO World Heritage site! I was there last year filming as an underwater cameraman for NatGeoWild's show Untamed with my buddy Filipe Deandrade onboard the SeaHunter. I took this photo with a Canon EOS-1D X Mark II while in my HECS aquatic wetsuit. If you enjoy my photos I always read and appreciate comments, also feel free to share and see more at my website www.ChrisGillette.com #underwaterphotography #uwphotography #cocosisland #costarica #shark #hammerheadshark #hammerhead #respect #coexist #conservation #savethesharks
I took this shot last year after hurricane Irma had just come through, flooding many areas with some Everglades roads underwater. To manage flooding in residential areas a maze of canals and levies are utilized to divert water away from homes and into the Everglades or off the coast. Many of these canals are nearly overflowing and much of the Everglades is flooded above normal levels. Although we might think of the glades as one big flooded swamp there are actually many hammocks and pinelands that provide critical habitat for a variety of species and the rising and falling water affects all species that call this wonderful place home. One species that seems to be enjoying the high water are the alligators, as the water rises they spread out and explore new habitat and hunting grounds- such as this baby gator that was hunting in a flooded section of road. The road was under about 6" of water with a steady flow across, like a river. Fish were swimming across and the small gators wasted no time taking advantage, I saw at least five actively hunting on the road and using the shallow flat area to pin fish down. This one allowed me a few photos before taking off. Photographed with a Canon 80D, 10-22mm wide angle lens, Aquatica housing and Inon strobes. If you enjoy my photos I always read and appreciate comments, also feel free to share and see more at my website www.ChrisGillette.com #aquaticadigital #underwaterphotography #uwphotography #gator #alligator #everglades #florida #southflorida #adventure #coexist #respect #reptile #adventure #floridalife #southflorida #miami #hurricane #evergladesnationalpark @hecsaquatic @aquaticadigital
When you really, REALLY love your salad...I took this shot of a Galapagos tortoise having a snack behind the scenes at the San Diego zoo last year. It was an incredible experience to be able to interact with such ancient beings, this one was 130yrs old!! For those that don't know, Galapagos tortoises are only native to the Galapagos islands, 1000km west of Ecuador. Their predecessor, the Chaco tortoise, floated or rafted over from mainland South America and evolved into what are now believed to be 15 different species across the island chain. Once discovered by humans, sailors killed them for food and along with the introduction of invasive species caused several distinct populations and species to sadly be wiped out. I had a great time touring behind the scenes at the reptile department at the zoo, huge thanks to Eli and Jeremy for making it happen! Photographed with a Canon 80D, 10-17mm fisheye lens. If you enjoy my photos I always read and appreciate comments, also feel free to share and see more at my website www.ChrisGillette.com #sandiegozoo #galapagostortoise #tortoise #reptile #turtle #zoo #conservation #canon80D #respect #coexist
An alligator underwater at night in the Everglades. This guy was a pretty decent size, a little under 10ft and hunting in the shallows for fish. Even big boys like this come into very shallow water to hunt for fish at night. The slight blue color on the eye is from the nictitating membrane. Alligators shed and regrow their teeth, cycling through several thousand in a lifetime. This results in nice white teeth. Photographed with a Canon 80D, 10-22mm wide angle lens, Aquatica housing and Inon strobes. If you enjoy my photos I always read and appreciate comments, also feel free to share and see more at my website www.ChrisGillette.com #aquaticadigital #underwaterphotography #uwphotography #gator #alligator #everglades #florida #southflorida #adventure #coexist #respect #reptile #adventure #floridalife #southflorida #evergladesnationalpark @aquaticadigital
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