The Same Baby Gators?

A passage from my Okefenokee journal from March 2017 after coming upon a pod of juvenile alligators:

Baby American Alligator on Spatterdock lily pad bed; Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia. March 6, 2017. © Please don’t steal my images. Download and use legally at

At 9:50 AM, we reached the Middle Fork Junction and headed north on the Suwannee River up the red trail through beautiful channels of Spatterdock and Neverwet. We had made this journey in 2015 and marked in the GPS where we had encountered a pod of baby alligators and their mother. Would they still be there?

Approximately a quarter mile before the GPS waypoint, we encountered a group of juvenile gators floating on the lily pads. Could these be our 2015 babies turned into pre-teens? They were sized consistently with a two year passage of time. (My thoughts were given confirmation as the 2015 waypoint contained no sign of any young gators.) We lingered for quite some time to point out and photograph each one.

iNaturalist observation:

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