NAPLES, Fla. – It doesn’t get more Florida than this, folks.
While Tropical Storm Eta was wreaking havoc on parts of the state this week, causing widespread flooding, a gargantuan, prehistoric-looking alligator went for a nice stroll across Valencia Golf and Country Club in Naples.
The big boy’s leisurely prowl toward the pond was captured in a 15-second video that has since made headlines.
Assistant golf professional Tyler Stolting captured the footage and told the New York Post that while he was initially impressed by the reptile’s size and stature, he didn’t think much else of the encounter.
“It was pretty big, biggest one I’ve ever seen," he told the Post.
People online, however, were clearly shocked.
“Looks like a dang dinosaur,” a woman from Nashville wrote.
“I watched it like eight times to make sure it was real. I thought it was a scene from the movie, ‘Crawl.’ That thing is huge! I can’t even imagine what I would do if I saw one like that,” a man from Spring Hill wrote.
While the exact size of the colossal creature is unknown, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission records show the largest gator ever caught in the state was wrangled in 2010 from Lake Washington and measured in at a whopping 14 feet and 3 ½ inches long and weighed 654 pounds.