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Mighty Mike, largest American Alligator outside of Florida, leaving Newport Aquarium in September

After five years wowing millions of people at Newport Aquarium, Mighty Mike, the largest American Alligator outside of Florida, is preparing to head back to the Sunshine State this summer.

At 14 feet long and 800 pounds, Mighty Mike’s size makes it clear that he is truly a living dinosaur.

Mighty Mike, the largest American Alligator outside of Florida, is headed home after five years at Newport Aquarium (provided photo)

Alligators have been around for 250 million years and seeing Mighty Mike up close reveals how these powerful creatures have survived so long. With his enormous teeth and muscular tail, this is one creature you may not want to come across in the wild, which makes it all the more important for the public to get to meet animal ambassadors like Mighty Mike.

Wowing visitors with his amazing size, Mighty Mike has built connections with guests that will stay with them forever.

“Getting the public to understand and appreciate these animals has been a critical factor in helping the American alligator achieve sustainable populations after being listed as endangered for decades,” said Eric Rose, Executive Director at Newport Aquarium. “We’re grateful to the Crocodilian Conservation Center and to our world-class animal care team for keeping Mike happy and healthy all these years, and to all the guests who’ve come to see him.”

Mighty Mike is going back home to the Crocodilian Conservation Center in Florida, where he will continue to share an important conservation message as an ambassador for wetlands habitat and preservation. He will create opportunities for others to care more about watersheds and ecosystems around them.

The last chance to see this living dinosaur at Newport Aquarium is September 9. Fans will have the chance to leave well wishes for Mighty Mike on a banner that will be on display in Gator Alley for the rest of the summer.

For a very limited time, Newport Aquarium is offering one free child admission with each full price adult. The offer is valid Sundays through Fridays after 4 p.m. and is available exclusively online at NewportAquarium.com

Newport Aquarium is extending its hours and will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through September 2.

For more information, visit NewportAquarium.com or call 800-406-FISH (3474).

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