Bonus Video: Gator on the Golf Course

Here’s a little something we never have to contend with in New Jersey. But even in Florida–willya look at the size of that gator!

Note that the alligator, for all its bulk, walks with its belly high up off the ground. The man with the camera might have a few anxious moments if he reflected that even very large gators are capable of short bursts of real speed. At that distance, the gator could catch the man if he really wanted to. Just a little somethin’ to think about…

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I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

11 responses to “Bonus Video: Gator on the Golf Course

  • Phoebe

    Good thing that gator wasn’t hungry.

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  • Marge Hofknecht

    Yeah, I was thinking that the man taking the video was crazy for standing as close as he was. That alligator is huge.

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  • UnKnowable

    Holy smokes! That was one big gator.

    I have no first-hand experience with alligators, but the photographer seems to be pushing his luck, if you ask me.

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    • leeduigon

      He’d never get away, if it charged him from that distance.

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      • UnKnowable

        Not a lesson one would care to learn the hard way.

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      • Linda Sorci

        That’s for sure! People don’t realize it, but gators can move about 30 mph on land – faster than we can run!

        One year, when my granddaughter was in about the 5th grade, a gator was found napping on the school grounds. Several of the children – my granddaughter among them, much to my chagrin! – decided it would be a fun thing to ‘pet’ the gator, which they did with no problems. Thank God! It was a few years later when she finally awoke to the precariousness of the situation.

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        • UnKnowable

          That’s scary, but at least it worked out well.

          Reptiles tend to be unpredictable. I’ve heard tales of people befriending Mohave Rattlers in this area and living peacefully with these very deadly snakes. That’s just fine, but the one time it doesn’t work as planned one may well not survive to tell the tale. I’ve learned to cut them a wide berth.

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  • Laura

    Wow, now there’s a real live monster! Ah Florida, how I love you, rattlers, moccasins, gators, black widows, hurricanes, and all. LOL

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