A Florida golfer may well have spotted the largest gator in the history of the Sunshine State.
Charles Helms was playing Buffalo Creek Golf Course in Palmetto, Fla., over the weekend and came across what appears to be a 14- or 15-foot alligator. He took video of the encounter, as well a photo or two, and posted it all to his personal Facebook page.
"He has been here for a very, very long time, he's not new at all. There have been guesses that he's 15 to 16 feet long," said course employee Wendy Schofield to News3 in Las Vegas. "The word has spread that this is a great place to come and play. He is the highlight, but we are worth the price too."
Supposedly, the largest gator ever spotted in Florida was 14 feet long and weighed in at 780 lbs.
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However, this gator may be a gator we've previously seen.
In March 2015, a similar-looking gator was spotted and filmed at Myakka Pines Golf Course in Englewood, Fla., about 50 minutes south of Buffalo Creek. It just so happens that Myakka Pines is currently undergoing an extensive renovation of its 27-hole facility. So, the gator spotted there has nowhere else to go...right?
Let's compare the gators: