OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. — Video posted to YouTube shows alligators surviving frigid North Carolina waters by keeping their nostrils above the surface.
The Shallotte River Park Swamp posted a series of videos to YouTube recently to show how the reptiles survive is such cold temperatures.
The video shows several alligators in the slushy, icy water with their nostrils in the air at the Ocean Isle Beach park.
The rescued alligators are fine – they’re cold-blooded and can regulate their own body temperature. They’re in a state called brumation, which is similar to hibernation.
Experts say the alligators instinctively know when water they’re in is about to freeze, so they stick out their noses at the right time to breathe.
The temperature at Ocean Isle Beach was in the mid-40s Monday evening and mild temperatures return to the forecast on Tuesday with a high of around 60 degrees.
Here in the Piedmont, temperatures will be in the mid-30s with patchy, light rain with brief sleeting possible.
Mild temperatures return to the forecast on Tuesday with highs in the lower-50s.
Rain chances return to the forecast from Wednesday to Friday. Highs will climb to the low-60s for Friday.