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These Alligator Photos May Be the Scariest Selfies Ever Snapped

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Wildlife photographer James Abernethy is either incredibly brave, or has taken temporary leave of his sanity. Maybe both; we're not sure. But what we do know is that Jim's collection of alligator photos, captured in the swamp waters of the Florida Everglades, is one of the scariest nature galleries we've ever seen.
 
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Photo: James Abernethy/Getty Images
 
These 'gator selfies, showcased this week by Huffington Post, were originally taken by Abernethy back in 2011. The photographer actually dove in and swam right up to his subjects, raising his arms to mimic the way the reptiles greet each other – which caused them to open their massive, powerful jaws.
 
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Photo: James Abernethy/Getty Images
 
“Some were actually quite friendly in an alligator way,” Abernethy told the UK's Daily Mail. He even (sort of) befriended one of them – a female he nicknamed “Fluffy.”
 
“Fluffy would swim right up to me,” he said. “If she came too close, I would have to physically push her away with my lens. If any of them seemed to be showing threatening behavior, then I just got out of the water.”
 
You can see more terrifying images like these at Huffington Post and the Daily Mail... if you think your nerves can handle it, that is.
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