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Welcome to the jungle, Chris Gillette

Welcome to the jungle, Chris Gillette

Sunrise resident Chris Gillette paid the tuition for his science degree at Florida International University by wrestling alligators. A prolific wildlife photographer, he spent a few days last week in the water off Jupiter shooting close-ups of tiger and bull sharks. Half of the middle finger on his left hand is missing, thanks to a cottonmouth viper.

But even Gillette was concerned at the situation that developed early on in his journey into a remote section of the Amazon for the new Discovery Channel series "Trailblazers," which premieres Friday, April 29. The network won't let him reveal too much, but there was a serious medical situation.

"We had a plan of...