Alligators and crocodiles, to me, are one of the most interesting animals on Earth. Dangerous, yes, but you have to admire how their species has been able to survive for so long.

Seeing this story just makes that fascination even stronger.

WECT in North Carolina visited Shallotte River Swamp Park in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina to see how these reptiles survive when a deep freeze hits.

George Howard is the general manager of the park and said that alligators will stick their noses above the ice so they can breath and then go into a form of hibernation called brumation. They lower their body temperature and slow their metabolism and wait out the freeze.

Howard said, "They poke their noses up and are able to breathe and be perfectly fine, so they're doing this as a mechanism so that if it freezes over, they can still breath. It's just an absolute amazing survival technique and these guys were built tough millions of years ago and they remain tough today."

You probably did like me after watching the above videos, "Dude, that is freaking cool!" It is.

There are people that have humanized animals to point that they think they are completely helpless. This is further proof that an animal has survival skills beyond anything we could ever imagine.

Gotta love the power of nature.