In an eye-catching moment that seems like it could only happen in Florida, an unbothered alligator was caught on camera strolling across a golf course with a large fish in its mouth.
Norma Respess of Safety Harbor, Florida, had family in town from North Carolina and had decided to show them around the area Thursday afternoon. She took them golfing at the Seven Springs Golf and Country Club in Trinity. While on the 10th hole, Phyllis Respess' husband Nolan shouted, "look behind you, look behind you!" ABC Action News reported that Phyllis dropped her club and ran, but Nolan right on cue took out his cellphone to record the nonchalant gator.
"What a sight," a woman is heard saying in the 44 seconds long video. "Holding onto that fish. Amazing. Wow."
The reptile continued walking, disappearing in the pond as it appeared to have had one thing on its mind: the tasty seafood it was going to devour.
But other parts of the southeast U.S. have also had gator sightings. Last month, a mysterious orange alligator nicknamed “Trumpigator” was spotted near a pond in Hanahan, South Carolina. The gator was estimated at 4- to 5-foot-long, local television newscast WCBD News 2 reported. Many residents were intrigued by its color but didn’t know the cause behind it.
Jay Butfiloski from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources said the color may come from where the animal spent the winter.
“From one of our biologists: Might be iron oxide (rust) from hanging out in a steel culvert this winter,” a South Carolina Department of Natural Resources representative tweeted.
In January, a massive alligator called “Humpback" was also spotted near Lakeland, Florida, making national headlines because of its unusual size. It was 12-feet-long.
Officials for the county's natural resources division were worried about the safety of visitors and wildlife because people weren't taking any precautions as they made their way to the reptile.
“We’re really nervous about people being foolish and doing things they shouldn’t do," said Jeff Spence, director of Polk County Natural Resources, at a news conference Wednesday. "We don’t want people just going wherever they can go to try to get a picture of this."