Remarkable Footage of an Enormous Alligator Strolling Obliviously Across a Florida Golf Course

While playing through the fairway at Buffalo Creek Golf Club in Palmetto, Florida, a quick thinking golfer named Charles Helms grabbed his phone and calmly captured the incredible sight of an enormous alligator moving across the green. The giant reptile remained completely oblivious to the stunned and curious humans nearby as it disappeared behind one of the course’s hills.

Helms explained to Golf.com why he felt comfortable filming such a large and dangerous creature.

A better question might be how can you not record it? …It is very common to see alligators on a Florida golf course and they’re typically not a threat to golfers. Wild alligators are shy and will not bother you unless you provoke it or corner it so it feels threatened. He was at a pretty safe distance. …This alligator was so large he would only move slowly about 100 feet at a time before having to lie down and rest…

Lori Dorn
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