Thomas Swiader wasn’t sure what had happened. He was fishing in his kayak near Lake Triplet in Casselberry when a large alligator took a swipe at him and his girlfriends dog Buffy, a small yorkie.
“To tell you the truth, when I saw the splash, what I thought was, ‘what’s a striper (bass) doing down here’,” Swiader said. “Then I saw the tail of gator swim under the kayak, then I knew what it was. After that my reaction was to get out of there.”