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Scary moment Elvis the alligator takes a 'nibble' at Florida man's shoulder

A Florida man’s bizarre decision to take a dip with a 13ft alligator came to an abrupt end when the predator bit his shoulder. 

Footage shows the large alligator approaching John Braje who was swimming in Miami Lakes in the Florida Everglades.  

Mr Braje said the alligator is called Elvis and describes him as his buddy. 

Florida man John Braje was swimming along with a 13-foot alligator in the Everglades when the massive predator nibbled his shoulder

The adrenaline junkie, pictured, said the alligator did not mean him any harm as the beast had the ability to kill him 

Though, despite his confidence, he clambered out of the water before claiming he would swim again with the alligator who is known as Elvis

He said the large predator had no intention of harming him. 

The daredevil said: 'I'm a recreational scuba diver, snorkeler and free diver. I'm kind of an adrenaline junkie and I love animals . So, I swim and dive with sharks, alligators, and all sorts of marine life for fun.'

After posting the video on Facebook, Mr Braje said: 'So, I got nibbled on by a 13 ft gator today. 

'Thinks just because he's bigger than me, that he could bully me. 

'No hard feelings though. He was just displaying dominance or maybe even just curious. If he wanted a bite, I wouldn't be on FB right now.' 

'He's still my buddy & ill be back in with him soon. 

He added: 'I've had plenty of interaction with him in the past. I think maybe because there were a lot of people around, he felt he needed to display dominance but normally he's really chill. If he wanted more, he could have got it. That's my buddy.'

A second man, described as a fifth-generation gladesman remained in the water despite the danger posed by the alligator

Friends of Mr Braje said he could have been killed or seriously injured by the alligator. 

Mark Aziz wrote: 'Not your smartest moment... if he wanted to rip your arm off, he would have.'  

Another friend remarked at the calmness of a second man who remained in the water despite the danger. 

Mr Braje replied: 'He's a pro. Hes a fifth generation gladesman. He grew up in that water. I'm way better with sharks. He's the gator man but I'm trying.' 

Jeff Charles claimed: 'You no longer have a chip on your shoulder.' 

While others suggested he was 'crazy' for getting into the water with a large alligator.  

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