Description: Okefenokee Joe was a large adult male American alligator, and he was the largest alligator to be integrated into the satellite tag study. Okefenokee Joe was an old alligator when he was tagged, evidenced by his worn-down scutes and cloudy eyes. An alligator of his size would have been in the running for the status of dominant male in his day, and we believe he was for a period following Crazy’s reign. We suspect that his old age and poor vision hindered his ability to compete with younger alligators when we started tracking him and it appears he had lost the title to Obadiah in the spring of 2021. Oke Joe still had a very wide home range and traveled throughout the entire park and into the refuge. He even traveled almost 2 miles in 12 hours! That being said, he did not seem to make these trips as often as he may once have. He seemed to spend a month or two in a small area, and then move a mile or two, and then spend another month or two in another small area. In August of 2021, we recovered Okefenokee Joe’s tag with the bare osteoderms still attached. Several other bones were found indicating that Okefenokee Joe had passed away. We suspect he passed away around the time of his last GPS transmission, July 20th, 2021. Okefenokee Joe got his name from Dick Flood (aka Okefenokee Joe) a singer, songwriter, entertainer, and environmentalist. He lived in the swamp for years and studied the animals that lived there, still teaching all who would listen about the beauty and importance of the swamp. To learn more about Dick Flood click on the link. Okefenokee Joe/Dick Flood – Who is Okefenokee Joe?
Okefenokee Joe Overall Map
This map shows the 13 months (June 2020-July 2021) that Okefenokee Joe has had his satellite tag attached. As seen on the map Okefenokee Joe split his time between the front of the park and out in the National Wildlife Refuge portion of Green River. Okefenokee Joe was a large adult male alligator who died of old age in July 2021.
Okefenokee Joe 3 Mile Move
As a large adult male that was dominant, Okefenokee Joe’s territory was expansive but as he grew older, he did not patrol it as often as he may have once. That being said he was still known to occasionally make large scale moves from the front of the park all the way to the National Wildlife portion of Green River. This map shows the largest of those moves which is over three miles and is the largest movement we have seen by any alligator within the swamp.
Okefenokee Joe Very Little Movement
After Okefenokee Joe makes a large move, he will generally stay in one area for a while. This map shows a month’s worth of data where Okefenokee Joe does not leave Henrietta’s small pond.