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Alligator Spotted in Florida is a Goddamn Monster

Reason #435 not to swim in Florida: this goddamn monster was spotted on the third hole at the Buffalo Creek Golf Club in Florida. It looks like something out of Jurassic Park, and is reportedly a regular at the course. 

Despite speculation that there's an optical illusion at play or that this fella is made with special effects, Snopes reports that the gator checks out. The staff at the course says that the prehistoric leftover is a regular and has become an "unofficial mascot." It seems more likely that an alligator this big is the terrifying unofficial mascot of a misanthropic castle owner in Florida, but tomato tomato.

"People have heard that he is out here and that is all they want to see so they will bring spectators to ride so somebody can get a picture," pro shop clerk Wendy Schofield told News 3. "He doesn't bother anybody and they don't bother him."

It seems unlikely that anyone would bother it unless they have wondered what it's like to be swallowed whole. 

The size of the Buffalo Creek gator is unknown, but it's estimated that it comes in around 16 feet long. The biggest gator ever officially measured in Florida is 17 feet, 5 inches. 

Charlie Helms, who shot the video and posted it on Facebook, summed it up nicely when he said, "That is the biggest freaking alligator I have ever seen in my life."

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Dustin Nelson is a News Writer with Thrillist. Once saw an alligator on a golf course in Florida. It was thiiiis big. Follow him @dlukenelson.