Note to self: maybe don't go golfing at the Buffalo Creek Golf Club in Palmetto, Florida. Like, ever. Because it was there that Charlie Helms spotted and caught on camera this monster of an alligator, just casually strolling across the fairway of the third hole, heading over towards a nearby lake.
And this thing is a BEAST, which Helms estimates to be around 15ft long (the longest gator ever recorded was 14ft, so this could be a record-breaker)—and it looks like it's stepped out of a monster movie. As anyone would be, Helms said he was initially stunned by the colossal size of the alligator and didn't even think it was real.
"I didn't know if we were being punked or something," Helms told ABC Action News. "It was just laying down, resting, when it got up and started moving towards the big lake."
But while the size of the gator is fascinating to the rest of us, staff at the course treat it as no big thing. This goliath is a regular at the course. He's been sauntering about the place for years, in fact people play there just to see him. Which begs the question, why is he only finding viral fame now?
"People have heard that he is out here and that is all they want to see so they will bring spectators to ride so somebody can get a picture," pro shop clerk Wendy Schofield told News 3. "He doesn't bother anybody and they don't bother him, he's like a mascot for the course."
Speaking of Jurassic Park, someone did the decent thing and hilariously mashed up the gator with Spielberg's dino movie, along with some well-placed out-of-tune mouth organ music. It's perfect.