FOOTAGE of a 15 foot alligator sauntering across a Florida Golf Course has gone around the world but we originally thought the story might be a bit of a croc.
In some outlets the golfers were “panicked” but, as you can hear in the original footage here, they were at least seriously impressed.
Golfer Charles Helm (who took the accompanying video) and a friend were playing the Buffalo Creek Golf Course when they saw the alligator. They at first “thought they were being punked”.
In the footage one of the golfers describes the animal as “the biggest freaking alligator I’ve seen in my life,” adding, “I think that’s two guys in an alligator suit”.
Buffalo Creek pro shop worker Wendy Schofield put the story in some perspective, saying the gator had been a resident of the course for years.
“He doesn’t bother anybody and they don’t bother him, he’s like a mascot for the course.”
‘He has been here for a very, very long time, he’s not new at all.
‘There have been guesses that he’s 15 to 16 feet long.” (which would make him a record length.)
Croc V Gator
We always thought American alligators, unlike Australia’s saltwater crocodiles, were much less a threat to humans, and some quick research has confirmed that is mostly true.
Where saltwater crocodiles are much more aggressive and obviously happy to take advantage of any chance to kill and eat humans, the gators apparently are less inclined to do so.
“Not only are alligators not likely to chase you a long distance on dry land, they’re not likely to attack you at all. Alligators prefer an easy meal. They’re patient hunters and will stalk their prey in the water for hours before attacking,” the internet told us.
But attacks do happen, maybe 0 to 3 fatal attacks each year in the US.
Apologies to anyone personally involved, but we couldn’t get over this description in a WIKI article on fatal attacks. This one happened in 2015 on a 28 year old male.
“Suffered severe trauma to a limb when he was attacked and killed in the early morning at a Southeast Texas marina. [Deceased person] ignored warnings not to swim in the water because of the danger of alligators; his last known words were ‘[fuck] the alligators’ “.