During the "bomb cyclone" that landed in eastern United States earlier last week, the alligators went into the water in the Shallotte River Swamp Park in Ocean Isle Beach since it was warmer than the air. As the water froze, they left their noses up so they can breathe, a park worker is heard saying in the video.
See a video above showing how alligators deal with freezing temperatures. The alligators then enter "a state of brumation, like hibernating".
It might look like these gators made a big mistake in judgement, but it's actually a pretty clever trick they use to breathe, and experts say it's sort of like hibernation.
"These guys are diehard just awesome survivors and this is just one more example of that", he said.
Breathtaking video shows group of alligators surviving frozen NC river
In a blog post, experts explained alligators can live in water temperatures as low as 40 degrees. At least not while the water is still frozen around them.
The rescued alligators are fine - they're cold-blooded and can regulate their own body temperature. "They're out and doing their happy dance". "But just to be careful, I researched it very quickly to make sure that was OK because I have never seen that before", he said.
According to local wildlife specialists, this type of behavior is not that uncommon in large species of reptiles such as the alligators.
You don't have to wonder any longer thanks to the people at the Shallotte River Swamp Park in Brunswick County. He said he posted the videos because it's a great learning experience for the public. "To be honest with you, every single time we're just floored at just how incredible of a creature they are".More news: BMW set insane drift world record