Two large alligators were trapped by wildlife officials Tuesday morning, one of which they think attacked a man under a Melbourne bridge a day earlier.
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One alligator that was trapped was 10 feet long, and the other 11, officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said.
Officials initially thought the gator responsible for the attack on a 56-year-old homeless man known as "Ron Jon" was 8 feet.
The man was swimming in Crane Creek underneath the U.S. 1 overpass at about 9 a.m. Monday when Melbourne Police officers training in the area heard screams and headed to the bridge.
The man was found lying on the shoreline with bites to his shoulder and arm. He was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center, where he was last listed in fair condition.
"Don't go swimming here," said Darren Sweteland, who says he frequents the area. "Or if you are on kayaks, don't dangle your feet in the water."
FWC officers scoured the water in boats for most of Monday until storms rolled through. They returned early Tuesday and caught the pair of gators, which will be examined for DNA evidence of an attack and later euthanized.
Officials think this is the first gator attack in this area near downtown Melbourne.
"Anything can happen on this water," Sweteland said.