Tropical Storm Eta summoned this gigantic gator from a Florida golf course

Gators love Florida golf courses.

click to enlarge Tropical Storm Eta summoned this gigantic gator from a Florida golf course
Screengrab via Valencia Golf and Country Club/Facebook

Like a mythical beast rising from a stormy sea, a recent video shows a truly gigantic alligator stomping across a Florida golf course through the rainy weather from Tropical Storm Eta.

The now viral video was originally posted to Facebook by the Valencia Golf and Country Club in Naples, Florida, and shows a big, beefy gator headed into a small pond.

Despite it looking so incredibly large it could almost pass as fake, Tyler Stolting, the first assistant golf professional at the course told the Tampa Bay Times that the gator is in fact real, and it was spotted at the 17th tee around 2 p.m. on Wednesday. 

Seeing a chonk like this on a golf course isn’t that uncommon, especially in Florida. Gators love Florida golf courses. The links are a near perfect habitat for gators—there are water hazards, plenty of birds to eat, and unless management calls a trapper, it's unlikely they'll be hunted or trapped. Plus, Florida has more golf courses than any other state, and people are always around, phone in hand, ready to capture a video of a Godzilla-sized gator strolling across a fairway.

It's unclear exactly how big this gator is, but Florida gators can reach Godzilla-sized proportions. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the record for largest gator captured was a 14 foot 3-1/2 inch male from Lake Washington in Brevard County. The heaviest gator was a 1,043-pound (13 feet 10-1/2 inches long) male from Orange Lake in Alachua County. 

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Colin Wolf

Colin Wolf has been working with weekly newspapers since 2007 and has been the Digital Editor for Creative Loafing Tampa since 2019. He is also the Director of Digital Content Strategy for CL's parent company, Euclid Media Group.
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