A video showing a massive alligator wandering around a golf course in Florida recently went viral. The sight of the huge reptile reminded online users of Jurassic Park.
Footage of a ginormous alligator meandering on a golf course in Florida captured the attention of Twitter users. Nicolette Perdomo uploaded the shocking clip on November 12. She wrote in the caption:
"HOLY GATOR: take a look at this massive gator walking through Valencia Golf Course in Naples. He looks like he belongs in Jurassic park!"
An alligator with huge fangs is seen in the water. | Photo: Pixabay
Tyler Stolting, a professional at the club spotted the gator at Valencia Golf & Country Club in Naples, Florida at the height of tropical storm Eta on November 11.
The sight of the massive reptile left many social media users in awe and near disbelief. The video has been retweeted more than 5,000 times.
David Steen, reptile and amphibian researcher, said that it was a rather normal size for this type of an alligator, which he described as an “iconic species.”
A man playing golf on a warm day. | Photo: Pixabay
It is also a conservation success story, added Steen, who works at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
He continued that another reason many people were shocked was that not many were used to seeing alligators walking out in the open.
Mark Johnson, a marine artist, survived with 65 stitches after fighting off the alligator which tried to drag him into a canal.
John Brueggen, the director of St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, also said there was nothing abnormal about the gator’s massive size.
Brandon Fisher, another gator expert, estimated the reptile’s length to be nine or 10 feet long. The Valencia Golf & Country Club also had the same visitor back in 2017.
During the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Florida, Golfer Cody Gribble had to gently push a sleeping alligator off of the fairway.
Florida is known for its palm trees, warm weather and rich biodiversity. | Pixabay
A month before the sighting, a 61-year old man in Florida survived an alligator attack by poking the beast’s eyes. The incident took place behind his home.
Mark Johnson, a marine artist, survived with 65 stitches after fighting off the alligator which tried to drag him into a canal. He said never did he imagine an alligator would attack him. He thought he had a greater chance of stumbling on a rattlesnake on his morning walks.
On a sadder note, at least two mutilated alligators were spotted in Florida back in November 2019, with the latest discovery happening at the Hosford Park Boat Ramp. The dismembered gator had a missing head, tail, and most of its legs.
Alligators are prized for their skin, which is turned into fashion pieces. One of the style icons that recently showed off an alligator-skin suit was "Love & Hip Hop" reality star Apryl Jones.