Goliath, the aptly named enormous alligator, was observed again taking a stroll through Florida’s Myakka Pines Golf Course, pausing to devour a rather large turtle as he went.
Spotted sauntering the greens on Thursday, the massive beast attracted everyone’s attention as he encountered what was to become his breakfast.
Golfers soon realized what the gator knew all along — the turtle’s protective shell was no match for the 13-foot beast’s powerful jaws. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Goliath the alligator chows down on a turtle at Floria’s Myakka Pines Golf Course on Thursday.
2. The alligator had to battle the armored turtle. But its prey was no match for the 13-foot beast.
Goliath is quickly turning into a local celebrity in Englewood. The alligator was spotted earlier this month wandering around the golf course’s seventh hole, likely in search for a tasty snack.
Needless to say, golfers are told to keep their distance from the huge beast who almost managed to postpone a women’s tournament earlier in March. Mickie Zada, the course’s general manager, said:
If we stopped playing because of alligators, we’d never have golfers.
3. Goliath is admired by a group of golfers. They give the huge alligator a wide birth.
4. Players at the Myakka Pines Golf Club in Englewood, Florida, have had frequent sightings of the large alligator on the course.
Zada added that she has spent much of March fielding calls from news reporters inquiring whether the pictures, taken by a golfer on the course have been photoshopped to make the alligator seem larger than he actually is. Not a chance, Zada replied:
This gentleman is well into his 80s. He wouldn’t even know Photoshop.
According to the club, the beast is not the first, and far from the largest, to put an appearance on the course.
5. Goliath is believed to be about 13 feet long and can be seen frequently wandering around the holes and napping on the putting greens.
6. Despite nearly daily alligator sightings at the course, none have attacked a human person in the club’s 37 years.
A 15-foot alligator, named Big George, had been hanging around the course for years until he died, Zada said.
Despite the nearly daily alligator sightings at Myakka Pines Golf Course, not one attack on a human has been reported in the club’s 37 years, Zada said, attributing it in part to her club’s strict policy against feeding the animals.
Dangerous confrontations between humans and alligators are typically the result of people feeding the beasts, Florida wildlife officials have said.
7. An alligator walking across Myakka Pines Golf Course.
Source: Myakka Pines Golf Course.
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