A bizarre video that surfaced recently out of North Carolina showed what appeared to be frozen alligators sticking their noses out of a frozen swamp pong.
While it looked like a creepy alligator graveyard, it was quite the opposite.
The American alligators in Shallotte River Swamp Park in Ocean Isle Beach were showing off a hibernation-like process called brumation to survive the unusually cold temperatures created by last week’s “bomb cyclone,” the massive winter storm that hit the eastern U.S. and brought record lows.
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The American alligators survived the freeze by staying in the water with their snouts sticking out. Park officials wrote that the cold-blooded gators can endure temperatures by slowing their metabolisms during brumation.
The gators finally got the chance to thaw out and sunning themselves after temperatures rose above freezing by Tuesday.