This attack, along the shoreline of Lake Thonotosassa in Hillsborough County, was actually captured on video by a drone hovering above the lake. The Florida man, J.C. Defeats says he is a walking miracle after a 12-foot alligator attacked him while he was swimming in a lake for an instructional video. J.C.was rushed to Tampa General Hospital after a gator bit down on his head. Doctors performed a craniectomy, or surgery to remove a portion of his skull. The attack is the fourth time in the last three weeks, that someone in the Tampa Bay area has been attacked by an alligator.
Florida wildlife officials urgently want to remind people that lakes, ponds, and even rivers are not safe to swim in as Florida is home to over 1.3 million alligators and has a healthy and stable alligator population. Alligators live in all 67 counties, and they inhabit all wild areas of Florida that can support them.