In the previous stories, you learned how the alligators are heaved into the boat, and hopefully covered up with some kind of tarp or blanket for the ride to the landing. From there, either by truck or by boat, it’s time to take them to the buying dock.
Typically, the selling and buying of the gators is overseen by a representative from the company buying the animals; which is, believe it or not, usually an alligator farmer, and by someone from the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Once the gators have been placed on the dock, they are then measured and sexed; the tag numbers are checked, and all the information is recorded by the person from LDWF.
The big gator of the 2011 opening day was 11 feet and 4 inches. That’s a lot of watchbands, friends.
The gators are then placed in a plastic crate . . .
where they are iced down to preserve freshness of both meat and hide.
The crate is then loaded into a refrigerator truck to be transported to the alligator farm, where the hide will be removed and salted for storage and the tail meat harvested for sale.
Now, I welcome your questions!